Nusra Front fighters parade at the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus July 28, 2014. (AFP/Rami al-Sayed)
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The trial began in the UAE Monday of 15 Islamists charged with joining and financing Syria's Al-Qaeda franchise and a rebel group there, the official WAM news agency said.The Nusra Front is Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, while Ahrar al-Sham is a powerful Islamist rebel group.Authorities in the Gulf country have mainly targeted Islamists with alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood or Al-Qaeda.On June 23, the same top court jailed six Arabs for seven years after convicting them of forming an Al-Qaeda cell and raising funds for the Nusra Front.
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