February 25, 2014
The head of al-Qaeda’s operations in Syria has given its Iraq-based offshoot a five-day ultimatum to come to terms or be “banished”, as the violent split in the jihadist movement spirals out of control.
The leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, issued a furious and aggressively-worded letter in response to the killing of al-Qaeda’s envoy to the Syrian rebel movement, a veteran jihadi known as Abu Khalid al-Suri who is said to have been close to Osama bin Laden.
Suri was dispatched by al-Qaeda to try to end the in-fighting between al-Nusra and the rival jihadist terror organisation known as ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham – which is has spread its operations into Syria from Iraq. But at the weekend he was killed in a suicide bombing blamed by rebel groups on ISIS.