Last week, the Islamist group Jabhat al-Nusra formally cut ties with the terrorist organization Al Qaeda, which it has long been affiliated with. The rebranding under the name Jabhat Fateh al-Sham was to unify as an Islamic group with its own separate goal of creating an Islamic revolution inside Syria.
Al-Nusra, which emerged in 2012, is tightly embedded in Syrian communities and has established military alliances with rebel groups. The name change, some say, is the group's attempt to not be targeted as Al Qaeda by U.S. and Russian forces.
Jennifer Cafarella, a fellow at the Institute for the Study of War and author of "Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria: An Islamic Emirate for al-Qaeda," joins us to explain.