24 Jun '16, 6pm

Al Qaeda and allies gain more ground in Aleppo province

Al Qaeda’s guerrilla warfare strategy in Syria is predicated on pooling the resources of other rebel groups, whenever possible, in order to maximize the insurgents’ efficacy. Some of these organizations adhere to versions of the jihadist ideology, while others may be described as Islamist or Salafist. From Al Nusrah’s perspective, other rebels need not believe in every aspect of al Qaeda’s ideology in order to be considered a useful battlefield ally. As long as they are focused on fighting the Assad regime, want to implement sharia law in Syria, and are opposed to Al Nusrah’s rivals in the Islamic State, al Qaeda’s men have proven they can find common ground to stand on. In the past, Al Nusrah has even worked with Western-backed groups, although it has turned on some as well.

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