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article imageSyrian group announces alliance with Al-Qaeda in Iraq

By Sami Zaatari     Apr 9, 2013 in World
The Syrian militant group Jabhat al-Nusra has confirmed it's merger with the neighbouring group Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which also takes the name of The Islamic State of Iraq.
Nusra made the confirmation on websites a day after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, announced the alliance between the two groups in an audio recording.
According to Baghdadi:
It is time to announce to the Levantine people and the whole world that Jabhat al-Nusra is merely an extension and part of the Islamic State of Iraq
He also went on to say that the groups would be known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levantine.
Jabhat al-Nusra was already designated as a terrorist group by the US, with the US declaring it an extension of Al-Qaeda, which is now all but official.
The Nusra Front has played an influential role in the Syrian conflict thus far, with it's fighters said to be some of the best trained, and well armed amongst the rebel factions. The group has played a role in helping capturing villages, towns, and military bases away from the Assad regime.
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