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On July 28, the Nusra Front, one of the most powerful jihadi groups in Syria, announced its split from Al-Qaeda and the formation of a new group named Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (Front for the Conquest of the Levant).However, it is still not clear what impact the split will have on the relationship between Nusra and the Syrian opposition bodies and armed groups.Nonetheless, Nusra continued to increase its influence and root itself within Syrian society while Nusra's ties to Al-Qaeda initially were unconfirmed. However, Syrian opposition factions began pressuring Nusra to distance itself from Al-Qaeda after the group pledged its allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahri, Al-Qaeda's leader, in April 2013 . It is unlikely that Nusra's split from Al-Qaeda will lead to a significant merger with other Syrian armed groups anytime soon.Syrian opposition figures and political bodies have been generally cautious toward the group's split with Al-Qaeda. However, Nusra might still gain more support after the split with Al-Qaeda.
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