This July 27, 2011, file image from a web posting by Al-Qaeda's media arm, as-Sahab, provided by IntelCenter, shows Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)
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Al-Qaeda's leader ordered the group's Syrian affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, to end fighting with its jihadist rivals, in an audiotape posted online on Friday.Al-Qaeda is a hardline Sunni organisation that considers Shiite Muslims, including the many volunteers from neighbouring Iraq and Lebanon fighting alongside Assad's forces, to be heretics.As far back as last June, Zawahiri weighed in to ISIL's involvement in Syria, designating Al-Nusra as responsible for operations there and ordering ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to restrict the group's activities to its home base in Iraq.
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