Al Qaeda Breaks Ties With Syrian Affiliates
In a recent statement, Al Qaeda claimed they have severed their connections with its Syrian affiliate. The affiliate, known as the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant, has been widely responsible for attacks against President Bashar al-Assad. This is a startling development, given Al Qaeda’s involvement in the Syrian Civil War.
Al Qaeda’s top leadership moved publicly on Monday to sever the organization’s relationship with its Syrian affiliate, which has been widely blamed in recent months for stoking rebel infighting in Syria’s civil war.
In a statement distributed on jihadist websites, the Qaeda leadership said it no longer had any connection with the affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant, which has asserted an increasingly important role in the Syrian conflict and stoked the enmity of other groups fighting to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
While the authenticity of the statement could not be confirmed, the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that tracks jihadist communications on the Internet, posted a summary of the statement on its website, suggesting it was credible.