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Al-Qaeda merges with ISIS at Syria-Iraq border town

Published on Jun 25, 2014 5:53 PM

BEIRUT (AFP) - Al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot on Wednesday made an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at a key town on the Iraqi border, an independent monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the merger is significant because it opens the way for ISIS to take control of both sides of the border at Albu Kamal in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq, where the jihadist group has led a major offensive this month.

After months of clashes between the two sides, Al-Qaeda's official Syrian arm the Al-Nusra Front "pledged loyalty to ISIS" in Albu Kamal, said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

"The pledge comes amid advances by ISIS in Deir Ezzor province" in eastern Syria on the Iraqi border, Abdel Rahman told AFP.

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