A Syrian boy marches in front of Jabhat al-Nusra’s flag during a demonstration in Aleppo, September 2012. Photo credit: AP. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/07/14/world/rebels-fear-side-war-with-jihadists-in-syria/#.Uja91cZmim4
This article examines Islamic State of Iraq and its involvement in the ongoing Syrian conflict, highlighting the important role played by leadership struggles and revealing some insight into the nature of the relationship that Al Qaeda’s leadership has with its branches. The Al Qaeda branch based in Iraq was closely involved in the formation and sustenance of Jabhat al-Nusra (JN), which emerged as one of the most prominent rebel groups fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime.