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As President Bashar Assad seeks to reassert his authority in Idlib, the only remaining province in Syria where his forces have almost no presence, he may be aided there by deep fractures within Al-Qaeda, the militant group that dominates the region.Tensions inside Idlib have been on the rise for months, reflecting a power struggle between hard-line foreign fighters loyal to Al-Qaeda's leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, and its more moderate Syrian members.Those who were detained included Jordanian citizens Sami Oraidi, Al-Qaeda's former top religious figure in Syria, and the highly secretive former military commander in southern Syria, Ayad Toubasi, also known as Abu Julaybib al-Urduni, brother-in-law of the late Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.For months, Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria has been witnessing rivalry between its mostly Syrian, relatively moderate members and the foreign fighters who remain loyal to Zawahri.Asad Kanjo, an opposition activist from Idlib who currently lives in Britain, said that the divisions within Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria are the result of Golani trying to market himself as a Syrian leader who has no links to the international terror network.
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