Al-Qaida in Iraq says it has united with a Syrian jihadist group fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
An audio message from al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, posted on Islamist websites Tuesday, says his group has been funding cells from Syria’s al-Nusra Front. The combined groups, the message says, will be called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The statement could not immediately be authenticated.
This is kind of huge. AQI has been beaten but not beat and still remains a threat in Iraq, daily bombings, gun battles, assassinations and kidnappings prove that. Al-Nusra Front are the most effective fighting force in the Syrian Rebel mass. When Assad falls, and I believe he will, I believe another jihadist state will emerge. -Mort