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article imageAl-Qaeda breaks ties with Syrian affiliate ISIS

By Sami Zaatari     Feb 3, 2014 in World
Al-Qaeda's main command has officially cut its ties with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group made the announcement in a statement posted online.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been involved in major fighting against other Syrian rebel groups over the past month, including Islamic groups.
In the Al-Qaeda announcement, the group declared that ISIS "has no links to it, and the [al-Qaeda] group is not responsible for its acts."
The statement also went on to say that Al-Qaeda disapproved of the rebel infighting that has taken place over the last month.
ISIS has largely acted independently in Syria during the war, with the group openly rejecting the orders of Al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, that the ISIS should leave Syria and concentrate on Iraq, and leave Syria to Al-Qaeda's other affiliate the Nusra Front.
A rebel commander from the Nusra Front speaking on condition of anonymity, said the latest announcement meant the group no longer had to remain neutral towards the ISIS and that they would "Now we are going to war with ISIL and will finish it off once and for all."
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