File - This undated photo shows the Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammed al-Golani. (AP Photo/Iraqi Government)
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The Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, intends to establish an Islamic "emirate" in the country but is holding off for now, according to statements that emerged over the weekend.Nusra's media arm issued a "clarification" the following day, however, backing most of the main points raised by Golani during his address to a gathering of Nusra fighters.The clarification also states that the emirate will be announced upon securing the "agreement" of Islamist fighters and religious scholars, without going into detail about whether these are outside the ranks of Nusra.Nusra and other opponents of ISIS have had only intermittent success against the group since the beginning of the year, when began a campaign against it.
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