KHUJAND, July 10, 2014, Asia-Plus -- Member of religious extremist terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra has reportedly surrendered to the Sughd law enforcement authorities.

“Resident of the Spitamen district, K.Sh., who recently returned home from Syria, voluntarily surrendered to the authorities,” an official source at the Sughd prosecutor’s office told Asia-Plus in an interview.

“K.Sh. says he got in Syria through ignorance and he joined Jabhat al-Nusra there, but he later realized his mistake and decided to return home,” the source said.

According to the statistical data from the Sughd prosecutor’s office, 23 active members of various religious extremist organizations have been detained in the Sughd province over the first six months o f this year and 14 criminal proceedings have been instituted against them.

Al-Nusra Front or Jabhat al-Nusra (Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahl ash-Sham, "The Support Front for the People of Levant") (sometimes abbreviated JN), is a branch of Al-Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon.  The group announced its creation on January 23, 2012 during the Syrian Civil War.  Since then it has been described as "the most aggressive and successful" or "one of the most effective rebel forces" in Syria.  The group has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations, the United States, Australia the United Kingdom, and Turkey.

In April 2013, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released an audio statement announcing that Jabhat al-Nusra is its branch in Syria.  The leader of Al Nusra, Abu Mohammad al-Jawlani, responded by denying any merger had taken place and affirmed the group''s allegiance to Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.  However, in May 2013, a faction of Nusra loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq leadership began acting under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.  Starting around November 2013, members of the group in Syria, and supporters online, began circulating banners, flags, and flyers using the name Tanzim Qa''edat Al-Jihad fi Bilad Al-Sham or Al-Qaeda in Syria instead of, or in addition to, the name Jabhat al-Nusra.

We will recall that Sharif Qurbonzoda, the chief prosecutor in Sughd province, told journalists in Khujand on July 7 that all Tajik citizens fighting in the ranks of rebel forces in Syria will be amnestied if they return to Tajikistan.  Unless the young men from Tajikistan committed serious crimes and were members of extremist organizations, they will all be amnestied and assisted by the Tajik government to return to peaceful life in their homeland, Qurbonzoda said.