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Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri declares war on ISIS; rubbishes caliphate

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri has declared war against Islamic State, says a report in The Mirror.

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri

Declaring that ISIS chief Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was not the leader of all Muslims, Zawahiri has accused Baghdadi of sedition.

Zawahiri made these remarks in a message released online.

“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,” Zawahiri said.

The Al Qaeda chief said Baghdadi had ‘surprised everyone’ by declaring a Caliphate and himself the Caliph. He slammed Baghdadi for doing this ‘without consulting the Muslims.’

A few days ago however, Al Qaeda had said it would help ISIS kill ‘secularists, crusaders and Shiites’ in Syria and Iraq’. Thus, the new statement constitutes a U-turn of sorts by Al Qaeda.

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