Syria’s Jabhat al-Nusra seeks direct relationship with al-Qaeda
Jabhat al-Nusra pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, who appears in this frame from a 2012 message announcing al-Qaedas ties to Somalias extremist al-Shabaab fighters. [AFP/SITE Intelligence Group/HO]
Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadis announcement that his group had merged with the Syrian group Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) marks a remarkable development in the modus operandi of armed groups affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Middle East.
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