Post-Tribune

Al-qaida breaks from militants

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Al-Qaida’s central leadership broke with one of its most powerful branch commanders in an apparent attempt to stem the deadly infighting that has erupted in Syria among the militant Islamic factions trying to bring down President Bashar Assad. More broadly, the announceme­nt Monday appeared to be a move by al-Qaida leader Ayman alZawahri to reassert the terror network’s prominence in the jihad movement across the Middle East amid the mushroomin­g of extremist groups during the upheaval of the past three years.

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