Islamic State billboards are seen along a street in Raqqa, eastern Syria, which is controlled by the Islamic State, October 29, 2014.REUTERS/Nour Fourat
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Al-Qaeda is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade group ISIS, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets – a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow Al-Qaeda to capitalize on the younger group's ruthless advance across the region.ISIS was kicked out of Al-Qaeda in May after disobeying its leader, Ayman al-Zawahri.Reconciling with Al-Qaeda senior leadership would let ISIS benefit from Al-Qaeda's broad, international network but would also leave it restrained in carrying out its own attacks. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists around Syria, also said that ISIS and the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, have stopped fighting in parts of the country since the airstrikes began there Sept. 23 .Meantime, Al-Qaeda is worried about the success of ISIS in recruiting young jihadis – so much so that a pro-Al-Qaeda preacher from Saudi Arabia went online last week to chastise militant commanders, including ones affiliated with Al-Qaeda, for not doing more to stem the tide of recruits heading to ISIS.
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