Ayman al-Zawahiri

Why Zawahri’s Pledge To Taliban Could Be A Boon For IS

fter almost a year of silence, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has released an audio message swearing bay’ah — an oath of allegiance — to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur, the new leader of the Taliban.

Zawahri’s message is in many ways another response to, and nullification of, the Islamic State (IS) militant group and its claims to have established a “caliphate” in the lands under its control in Iraq and Syria.

In declaring such a “caliphate” in June 2014, IS leader and Zawahri’s archrival Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi confirmed his rejection of Al-Qaeda’s authority — and threatened Al-Qaeda’s dominance of the global jihad movement.

  • BillyHW

    They are arguing over who gets to offer the most child-rape prayers to their demon-god Allah.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Zawahri is a has been and I suspect he knows it. There is no feeling like the feeling of irrelevance.

    • lolwut?

      Pretty much, bunch of old farts who’s glory days were during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and then got their asses kicked hard after 9/11.

      The problem is what desperate thing will they do to try and stay relevant
      Imagine a Madonna or Britney Spears but with guns and bombs.