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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.

Surprised: Baghdadi ‘did not consult Muslims’ before declaring a caliphate, al-Zawahiri says

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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