Al-Qaeda in Iraq Merges With Syrian Jihadists
By Harold Hutchison
Jihadists in Syria are now formally allied with al-Qaeda in Iraq after the two groups have merged. The merger was announced by al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who stated that his group was funding the Syrian jihadists.
According to a report by VOA News, the combination of al-Qaeda in Iraq and the al-Nusra Front will be called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The al-Nusra Front has been responsible for a number of car bombings, including one in Damascus that killed 15 people yesterday.