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Middle East Why Al Qaeda just got jilted in Syria

The Nusra Front has split from Al Qaeda over competing visions for the future of jihad. Al Qaeda wanted to take a page from the ISIS playbook. Nusra wants to establish a new model. 

The split between Al Qaeda and its Syria affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra announced Thursday is not simply a squabble over battlefield considerations or terrorist lists. It is a struggle over the future of global jihad.

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