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Al-Qaida affiliate in Syria withdraws from area bordering Turkey where IS-free zone to be set

A United States Air Force cargo plane maneuvers on the runway after it landed at the Incirlik Air Base, in Adana, southern Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. The U.S. European Command said in a statement Sunday that the U.S. Air Force deployed a “small detachment” of six F-16 fighter jets, support equipment and about 300 personnel at Incirlik Air Base. Turkey last month carried out airstrikes against Islamic State targets and had agreed to allow the U.S. to use the strategically located base in the coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria. (AP Photo)

A United States Air Force cargo plane maneuvers on the runway after it landed at the Incirlik Air Base, in Adana, southern Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. The U.S. European Command said in a statement Sunday that the U.S. Air Force deployed a “small detachment” of six F-16 fighter jets, support equipment and about 300 personnel at Incirlik Air Base. Turkey last month carried out airstrikes against Islamic State targets and had agreed to allow the U.S. to use the strategically located base in the coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria says it is withdrawing from areas on the border with Turkey where a zone free of the Islamic State group is expected to be established.

The Nusra Front says in a statement Monday it is against its religion to join the U.S.-led coalition or be aided by it.

In a major policy shift, Turkey agreed last month to allow the United States to use the strategic Incirlik Air Base to launch airstrikes against IS and agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the extremists from a stretch of Syrian territory along the Turkish border.

The Nusra Front and other Islamic factions in Syria have been fighting IS since last year.

Nusra Front says other insurgent groups are replacing it in northern Aleppo.