Al-Qaida in Syria respects truce despite rejecting it

March 4, 2016 13:38


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BEIRUT - Although al-Qaida's wing in Syria has rejected an international effort to halt nearly five years of conflict, its fighters have laid low, careful not to jeopardise the fragile agreement that has slowed if not entirely stopped the war.

Like Islamic State, the al-Qaida wing known as the Nusra Front is excluded from the US-Russian "cessation of hostilities" agreement accepted by President Bashar Assad's government and most of the groups opposing him.

On the eve of the truce, Nusra's leader said attacks must be intensified: "We believe the only way to get rid of this regime is by fighting and not by truce," Abu Mohamad al-Golani said in a voice recording.

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