TERRORIST FIGHT! TERRORIST FIGHT! TERRORIST FIGHT! Terror group al Qaeda has declared war on fellow jihadists Islamic State after their leader publicly denounced ISIS and it’s overlord.
The strife between the two terrorist organizations bubbled to the surface this week when Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian doctor who replaced Osama bin Laden as the head of al Qaeda four years ago, called out ISIS top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a new audio message.
“We have endured a lot of harm from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his brothers, and we preferred to respond with as little as possible, out of our concern to extinguish the fire of sedition. But Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his brothers did not leave us a choice, for they have demanded that all the mujahideen reject their confirmed pledges of allegiance, and to pledge allegiance to them for what they claim of a caliphate.”
OH FUCK! Shots FIRED!
Shit son, the al Qaeda dude just said that your Islamic State caliphate is fugazi. You just got rekt.
Ayman al-Zawahiri is referencing a rare public speech by the reclusive Al-Baghdadi 14 months ago in a Mosul mosque where he called on the world’s Muslims to “obey” him as the head of the caliphate.
“I am the wali (leader) who presides over you, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, assist me. If you see that I am wrong, advise me and put me on the right track, and obey me as long as I obey God in you.”
“It’s pretty interesting,” said former National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen. “Zawahiri until now has not been willing to openly condemn Baghdadi and ISIS. It highlights how deep the division is between al Qaeda leadership and ISIS. It suggests that the differences are irreconcilable.”
ISIS was born from al Qaeda, and was formerly the al Qaeda branch in Iraq, but split from the larger group two years ago. The two vile fanatical groups have had their run-ins over the last few years, including in 2014 when ISIS reportedly killed a top Zawahiri emissary trying to broker a ceasefire between the fighters in Syria. However this is the first public acknowledgement of the friction between the two extremist groups.
Seems like there’s only one way to handle this news.