ISIS and al Qaeda reportedly have agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents. The news confirms previous reports by The Daily Beast. A high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander told the Associated Press that militant leaders of the two groups worked out a deal in a gathering at a farm house in northern Syria last week. Such a deal would present serious difficulties for Washington's strategy against ISIS. Warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition have been striking jihadists from the air, but the Obama administration has counted on arming so-called moderate rebel factions to push them back on the ground. Those rebels, already considered relatively weak and disorganized, would face far stronger opposition with the two heavy-hitting militant groups working together.
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