Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Thomas Jocelyn outline the reasons why Jabhat al-Nusra changed their name to Jabhat fateh as-Shama nd doffed the Al-Qaeda brand. They argue “the rebranding is intended to eliminate America’s “excuse” for bombing the group by removing its formal link to al Qaeda. This message is aimed primarily at Syrians, and secondarily at the broader Middle East. According to bin Saleh, Nusra’s “disassociation” will further unification and cooperation between militants in Syria, as other groups will no longer have the excuse that they do not want be seen as supportive of all of al Qaeda’s actions.”


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