Russia brands ISIL, Jabhat al-Nusra as terrorist organizations

The Russian Supreme Court has branded the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Jabhat al-Nusra as terrorist organizations, an Interfax correspondent reports.

The Russian Supreme Court has branded the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Jabhat al-Nusra as terrorist organizations, an Interfax correspondent reports.

The court said in its resolution on Monday it had met in camera and upheld a lawsuit filed by the Russian Prosecutor General's Office.

The activity of these organizations in Russia is now outlawed, they will be added to a special register and any involvement in their activity will be subject to criminal liability.

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office filed the lawsuit with the Supreme Court in November demanding that international organizations ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra be declared terrorist.

ISIL has lately become active in Iraq and seized a number of large cities. The extremists are also fighting on the territory of Syria.

The group was formed in Iraq in 2006 through the merger of eleven radical Islamist groups led by the local branch of Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda command said in early February 2014 that it would deny support to ISIL.

Jabhat al-Nusra is an offspring of the international Islamic terrorist organization Al-Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon. It was founded in January 2012 during the civil war in Syria. The group was declared a terrorist organization by the UN, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Turkey.

Fighting between ISIL and other opposition groups, among them Jabhat al-Nusra, began in Syria in 2014. Clashes between their fighters have claimed thousands of lives.

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