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A Struggle for Power: Al Nusra and Al Qaida in Syria

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalSTUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Accepted/In press1 Jan 2020
Published2020

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Abstract

Relying on interviews with members of the organization, the article argues (contrary to the prevailing view) that Al Nusra never split from Al Qaida and even more so from the global jihadist movement. Instead the leadership of Al Nusra was locked in a power struggle with Al Qaida over the control of jihad in Syria and possibly even over the future of Al Qaida itself. Efforts to unify the Syrian opposition, even those limited to jihadist groups, failed also because of the leadership of Al Nusra kept trying to co-opt other opposition groups, rather than forming alliances with them.

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