U.S.-led strikes pressure al Qaeda's Syria group to join with Islamic State




 
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September 26th, 2014  
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Topic: U.S.-led strikes pressure al Qaeda's Syria group to join with Islamic State


By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, is facing mounting pressure from its own members to reconcile with its rival Islamic State and confront a common enemy after U.S.-led air strikes hit both groups this week. Nusra, long one of the most effective forces fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was weakened this year by battles with Islamic State, an al Qaeda splinter group that routinely employs ruthless methods such as beheadings and mass executions.




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