Screen grab of al-Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammad al-Golani from a video statement announcing his group's split from al Qaeda. AFP
The Hill: Pentagon will strike rebranded Nusra Front after split from al Qaeda
The Pentagon is planning to strike Islamist group formerly known as Jabhat al Nusra, or the Nusra Front, even though it has split from al Qaeda, its parent organization, a spokesman said Friday.
“It remains a terrorist target as it has been for some time,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook told reporters during a briefing.
The group, now called Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, officially split from al Qaeda earlier this week in what some experts say is an attempt to avoid being targeted by the U.S.-led military coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, as well as other terrorist groups. A potential deal between the U.S. and Russia would also see Russian airstrikes targeting Jabhat al Nusra.
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