PRI's The World Published by PRI's The World In Syria, the Nusra Front tries to distinguish itself from the Islamic State Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/397032/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend The group in Syria that was holding US journalist Theo Curtis is called the Nusra Front. It's affiliated with al-Qaeda, but opposed to the Islamic State movement. Shadi Hamid, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, parses out who's who.