CNN has run a report suspecting that Syria’s Jabhat Al-Nusra is potentially a greater threat to the United States than ISIS.
This may be true considering, as they mention the base of operations, the fact that these operations are largely obscure and not as covered as ISIS. Nusra has hardly the same uniform enmity that ISIS has among jihadi groups, as well. The new report as referenced by CNN has stated that both ISIS and Nusra represent existential threats to the United States. As Patrick Cockburn has maintained, it is not solely ISIS, but the Wahhabi ideology in of itself that is one of (if not the most) dangerous ideologies that inspire political violence to date.
In fact, the San Bernardino shooters had ties to the Al-Nusra front as well as ISIS.
Over 35,000 foreign fighters have allegedly entered the fray in Syria for jihad, the leading recruiter being ISIS followed by the Al-Nusra front.
Al-Nusra has been a long time supporter of rebel groups including Jaish Al-Islam, Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army, placing themselves ahead as one of the tide-turners for the rebel factions and controlling large territories in Northern Syria.
What is well known, as well with their head Al-Qaeda, is their ability to attack and their ability to remain largely undetected or stay beneath the radar. Their strategy in Syria has been as such. After the fall of ISIS, it may be Al-Nusra that picks up the pieces and continues their global jihad.