AP EXPLAINS: Nusra Front’s break from al-Qaida

July 28, 2016 8:03 PM

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BEIRUT — The Nusra Front, which was formed as al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, announced Thursday it was ending its connection with the terror network and changing its name to the Levant Conquest Front. Here’s a look at the move and what it means.

Nusra’s leader, Abu Mohammed al-Golani, said in a video announcement that the Front no longer had any ties to an outside group, meaning it is formally no longer a branch. But deep connections remain.

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