Vreeland was a self-admitted believer in “faction”—the synergy between fact and fantasy.
He bought a garage and he offered a refuge or sorts to a faction of the Juárez cartel that threw in its lot with El Chapo.
The only other global al Qaeda faction that I've seen moving in that direction is AQ central in AfPak.
c.1500, from Middle French faction (14c.) and directly from Latin factionem (nominative factio) "political party, class of persons," literally "a making or doing," from past participle stem of facere "to do" (see factitious). In ancient Rome, "one of the companies of contractors for the chariot races in the circus."
A group formed to seek some goal within a political party or a government. The term suggests quarrelsome dissent from the course pursued by the party or government majority: “His administration is moderate, but it contains a faction of extremists.”