New wave of jihadists makes Qaeda look soft

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri has a problem: he is seen as too moderate. Hard to believe, but al Qaeda and its late founder Osama bin Laden are being seen by today’s jihadis as not hardline enough. As a consequence, says Alon Lund, editor of Carnegie’s Syria in Crisis website, “The movement is purging itself, with the most extreme elements seceding from the al Qaeda school of thought.”