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Syrian Nusra Front splits from al-Qaeda

July 28, 2016 5:12 pm

Syrian jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the Nusra Front, has announced it has split from al-Qaeda.

Leader Abu Mohammed al-Julani, in his first recorded message, said its new name would be Jabhat Fateh al-Sham [Front for the Conquest of Syria].

He said the move was intended to remove the pretext used by powers, including the US and Russia, to bomb Syrians.

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The US responded by saying it saw no reason to change its view of the group as a terrorist organisation.

The US state department said the announcement could be just a rebranding exercise.

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