Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, is a greater threat to Europe and the US in the long term than Isis, according to a new report by the Institute for the Study of War and the American Enterprise Institute.

The report’s key findings state: “Jabhat al-Nusra poses one of the most significant long-term threats of any Salafi-jihadi group.”

“Its defeat and destruction must be one of the highest priorities of any strategy to defend the United States and Europe from al-Qaeda attacks.”

The report argues Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra attacks could threaten the global economy and provoke “Western societies to impose severe controls on… freedoms and civil liberties”.

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