Good news: AQ in Iraq merges with Syrian jihadists

A match made in hell - and one whose significance won't really be felt until the shooting stops in Syria. VOA: Al-Qaida in Iraq says it has united with a Syrian jihadist group fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.An audio message from al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, posted on Islamist websites Tuesday, says his group has been funding cells from Syria's al-Nusra Front. The combined groups, the message says, will be called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.The statement, first reported by the U.S.-based SITE monitoring service, could not immediately be authenticated. The al-Nusra Front achieved prominence early last year when it claimed responsibility for several powerful bombings in the Syrian capital and the northern city of Aleppo.The link between al-Nusra and al-Qaida had been suspected, leading the United States in December to designate the al-Nusra Front a terrorist group.Baghdadi's declaration came a day after an al-Nusra-style suicide...(Read Full Post)