al-Jolani sees strategic implications in US-Iran détante

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Jabhat al-Nusra leader Abu Muhammad al-Jolani analyzes the implications of the recent improvement in American-Iranian relations. Though the article seems to highlight al-Jolani’s confidence in a quick end to the war in the near future, what is much more interesting is his analysis of the dangers for Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda, and the “Sunni states” posed by an alliance between the United States and Iran. He mentions specifically a targeting of Saudi Arabia and Sunni Muslims. Is al-Jolani positioning al-Nusra as a defender of Sunni Muslims at large? Is he attempting to differentiate his group from the recently created Islamic Front?


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