Emir Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader al Qaeda on Wednesday September 9th declared war on the Islamic State Takfiri in an audio message released online. Zawahiri took over al Qaeda’s leadership after its former Emir Osama bin Laden was killed four years ago.
The message was released a few hours before the anniversary on the worst terrorist attack on America by Al Qaeda; 9/11 blasting fellow jihadists and their Emir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Barely a few hours to the anniversary of the worst ever terrorist attack on America orchestrated by al Qaeda, their leader released an audio message on line declaring ‘war’ on fellow jihadist the Islamic State.
Al Qaeda’s emir Ayman al-Zawahiri who ascended to lead al Qaeda four years ago after the death of Osama Bin Laden, accused Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi of sedition and wrongfully anointing himself the fourth caliph in Islam history.
Sedition: is the act of conducting or speaking incitement to people to invoke rebellion against authority, state, government or established order.
The war declaration was prompted by Baghdadi’s seditious demands asking all the mujahedeen to reject all their confirmed allegiances and shift it to the Islamic State that has established the self-title caliphate.
Zawahiri expressed dismay at Baghdadi’s nerve to establish a caliphate and his declaration as the caliphate without consulting the Muslims.
The public declaration of war has now confirmed the war and rift that exists between the two rival terror organizations. According to experts on counterterrorism, the war of the two groups will create irreconcilable drift between the two groups siting had they formed an alliance that would have been catastrophic.
The rift between the two is very strategic and could be the break the counter-terrorism efforts require to launch a major operation and exploit their weaknesses pitting the two groups against each other quickening both their downfalls.