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No connection with al Qaeda? : Jabhat Al-Nusrah metamorphosis into Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham.

Overview of territorial control in Syria as of early August 2016. Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (blue) holds large parts of Idlib, as well as small parts in the Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Rural Damascus and Dara’a provinces. Infograph/Image credit to hate-speech.org & Hate Speech International.

Overview of territorial control in Syria as of early August 2016. Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (blue) holds large parts of Idlib, as well as small parts in the Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Rural Damascus and Dara’a provinces. Infograph/Image credit to hate-speech.org & Hate Speech International.

Al-Nusrah´s disembarkation from Al-Qaeda stems from its political needs and interests in Syria.

According analyst Avi Melamed (*), what are the reasons for the alightment of Jabhat Al-Nusrah from Al-Qaeda?

  • One reason has to do with an inner power struggle within Jabhat Al-Nusrah.
  • The second is related to Jabhat Al-Nusrah’s relationships with other Syrian rebel groups.
  • The third has to do with Jabhat Al-Nusrah’s relations with a regional player – Turkey.

Let us look closely at these three factors. Read article here

*Avi Melamed who serves as the Salisbury Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute with offices at Gettysburg College and in Washington, DC, is an expert on the Current Affairs in the Arab and Muslim World Arab and their impact on Israel and the Middle East.He is a former Israeli Intelligence Official and Senior Official on Arab Affairs.