Al Qaeda ‘declares war’ on ISIS as 9/11 terror group boss blasts rival for declaring himself leader of all Muslims
Ayman al-Zawahiri, who replaced Osama bin Laden as boss of the jihadis four years ago, slammed his opposite number in an audio message.
Terror group al Qaeda has ‘declared war’ on fellow jihadists Islamic State in an angry speech by its leader.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, who replaced Osama bin Laden four years ago, blasted his opposite number in an audio message on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary.
Al-Zawahiri accused the ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of ‘sedition’ for last year declaring he is the leader of all Muslims – the fourth Caliph.
In the message, released online on Wednesday, Egyptian doctor al-Zawahiri said: “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.”
Al-Baghdadi had called on the world’s Muslims to “obey” him as the head of the caliphate in a rare public speech in Mosul, Iraq last year.
He said: “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.”
Zawahiri said “everyone was surprised” by al-Baghdadi’s declaration and he had done this “without consulting the Muslims”.
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