Al-Qaida affiliate ceases fighting Isis in parts of Syria


Nusra Front orders fighters to stand down to avoid indirectly aiding US-led campaign against terror group

A Syrian al-Qaida affiliate has ordered its fighters to disengage from battles against Islamic State (Isis) in parts of the country where Turkey intends to create a “safe zone”.

The directive, which was published online on Monday, said the Nusra Front would refrain from fighting Isis in a swath of northern Syria in order to avoid indirectly aiding the US-led campaign against the terror group.

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