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It’s Not You, It’s Me: Al-Qaeda Lost Jabhat al-Nusra. Now What?| War On The Rocks

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Al-Qaeda Lost Jabhat al-Nusra. Now What?| War On The Rocks

This week, Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s great hope in Syria, chose a different path, breaking ranks with Ayman al-Zawahiri’s crumbling empire. Al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammad al-Joulani shed his hood and his al-Qaeda allegiance in announcing the newly branded group, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, in his first ever recorded message. This new Syrian group, he told the world, will be dedicated to defeating the Assad regime and ultimately forming an Islamic State in post-conflict Syria.

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