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  אדר 3, 5774 , 03/02/14

Al Qaeda Disavows ISIL

Al Qaeda's general command said on Monday it had no links with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), attempting reassert its authority over fragmented Islamist fighters in the Syrian civil conflict. After a month of rebel infighting, al Qaeda disavowed the increasingly independent ISIL, apparently trying to support rival Islamist group, the Nusra Front, as Al Qaeda's official Syrian representative, according to a report by Reuters.

The switch is seen as possibly trying to redirect the Islamist effort towards taking down President Bashar Assad rather than waste resources in fighting between rebels. The fighting - some of the bloodiest to now - has undermined the uprising against Assad, and frustrated Western powers pushing for peace talks between government and opposition.

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