ISIS Offers Reward for Killing Al Qaeda Leader
The ongoing rivalry between ISIS and Al Qaeda has reached new heights this week, with ISIS distributing “Wanted Dead” posters for several key Al Qaeda commanders – including the group’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri
The posters began circulating earlier in August and were apparently the work of ISIS’s official branch in Libya. ISIS has been fighting various other militias for control in the North African country, which has slipped into a state of lawlessness after the ouster of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
In the initial stages of the campaign, dozens of posters were released offering bounties for the heads of the Mujahideen Shura Council (MSC) – an Al Qaeda-linked Islamist coalition that is currently battling ISIS for control of the eastern Libyan city of Derna.
The MSC has proven a tough adversary and has thwarted ISIS’s attempts to take the city thus far. However, several of its leaders have indeed been successfully targeted since the campaign started. According to the Long War Journal, “Each time one is killed, the Islamic State’s supporters release a new version of the graphic, changing the format and color to signify his death.”
Other Libyan militia heads have also been targeted.
But the campaign soon expanded beyond Libya, to include the leader of Algeria’s Al Qaeda branch (Al Murabitoun).
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