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.
The merger comes as Syria denied entry to UN inspectors seeking to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons.