Militants of Nusra Front, Syria's Qaeda branch. File photo
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The head of Al-Nusra Front in Syria said his militant group was breaking ties with Al-Qaeda and changing its name.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said the Nusra Front’s announcement could simply be a rebranding exercise and the United States would judge it by its actions, goals and ideology.
Kirby also said the Russian and Syrian humanitarian exercise around Aleppo on Thursday appeared to actually be an attempt to force the evacuation of civilians and the surrender of militant groups.