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  1. Al-Qaeda Gives Syrian Affiliate the Boot

    Al-Qaeda has officially broken ties with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for not playing nicely. Its former affiliate in Iraq rushed to build an Islamic state in the midst of Syria’s crisis, but ISIS’s brutal tactics and targeting of fellow Muslims have antagonized other rebel groups. The Nusra Front, now Al-Qaeda’s only official branch in Syria, will gain defectors and stature, but ISIS will be difficult to uproot. As Al-Qaeda central command tries to reassert its authority, the question remains over which group will prove the biggest playground bully.

    Sources: NYTAl JazeeraWSJ

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