Notorious Al Qaeda chief rejects Terrorist AbuBakar Baghdadi's caliphate

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Published in Middle East
Thursday, 10 September 2015

Notorious Terrorist Outfit Al Qaeda’s elusive leader Ayman al-Zawahri has dismissed terrorist Islamic State (IS) and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as illegitimate.

In an audiotape posted on to the internet, Zawahri said: “We don’t recognise this caliphate.” It was not clear when the recording was made but references to events suggest it was made at least eight months ago.

Islamic State has declared a self-styled caliphate in large parts of Iraq and Syria under its control and sought to expand its power in the Middle East, becoming a greater security threat than alQaeda in the strategic oil-producing region.

Despite rivalries between the two militant organisations, former Egyptian doctor Zawahri suggested that there may be some room for cooperation between the two groups when it came to combating West.

“Despite the big mistakes (of Islamic State), if I were in Iraq or Syria I would cooperate with them in killing the crusaders and secularists and Shias even though I don’t recognise the legitimacy of their state, because the matter is bigger than that,” he said.

Zawahri did not elaborate, but his comments raised the possibility he could seek cooperation with a movement that has in many ways eclipsed al Qaeda, its predecessor in Iraq.

“Zawahri says that ISIS is absolutely not a caliphate and Baghdadi doesn’t deserve to be caliph,” said al Qaeda expert Will McCants of the Brookings Institution. “However, it is an emirate and if he were in Iraq and Syria, he would fight alongside it. That seems like a bit of an olive branch.”

Any cooperation would complicate efforts to stabilise the Middle East, where militant groups have gained influence and escalated attacks since the Arab uprisings of 2011 toppled autocrats who had contained them.

While al Qaeda has specialised in high profile bombings, Islamic State seems bent on seizing and holding territory in its quest to create a self-sustaining caliphate.

Aside from strongholds in Iraq and Syria, it gained a presence in Libya and its followers are staging an insurgency that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police in Egypt, the most populous Arab country.

Islamic State’s affiliate in Egypt released photographs on Wednesday of its military commanders teaching masked militants in military fatigues how to fire rockets at tanks and planes.

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