Al-Qaeda and Syria branch split up

An image released on July 28, 2016 by Al-Manara al-Bayda, the official news arm of the Al-Nusra Front, allegedly shows the group's chief Abu Mohammad al-JolaniThe Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra Front, said it was breaking ties with the global terror network, in a video showing its leader Abu Mohamad al-Jolani for the first time. The footage broadcast by Al-Jazeera news channel follows several days of online chatter over a split between Al-Qaeda and its Syria affiliate, a main rival of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group from which it wants to distance itself as a target of foreign air strikes. Appearing in public for the first time, Jolani said Al-Nusra changed its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Front of the Conquest of Syria) and would unify ranks with other mainstream fighters in Syria.

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