Last week al-Qaeda severed ties with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, mostly due to the group’s battles with another al-Qaeda franchise, Jabhat al-Nusra, and its refusal to comply with orders from al-Qaeda leadership. The unofficial U.S. list of al-Qaeda affiliates is down to four, including offshoots in Yemen, North Africa and Somalia.


The Washington Post February 10, 2014
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