Taliban Attack Reflects Barbarity Competition Among Jihadists

Back in 2005, al Qaeda’s current chief Ayman al-Zawahiri wrote to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of Islamic State’s predecessor. He chided Mr. Zarqawi for killing ordinary Iraqi Shiites and beheading hostages.

Mr. Zawahiri warned that such wanton killings would erode critical public support, “a decisive factor between victory and defeat.”

Mr. Zarqawi and his successors ignored that advice. Since then, al Qaeda has been dwarfed by Islamic State, which has taken control of vast swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. Many fighters of al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, the Nusra Front, have defected to Islamic State.

  • winniec

    Note that Zawahiri merely warned that such wanton killings would erode critical public support, not that wanton killings were un-Islamic.
    Wanton killings are obviously Islamic to anyone who has read the Sira and early Islamic history.

    • Justin

      Shed NO tears for these barbaric paki jihadists.

  • These were done by Obama’s allies Taliban.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’m getting the impression that this “Mr. Zarqawi” guy is kind of a dick.

  • BillyHW

    Yeah, those Boko Haram are amateurs compared to these guys.

  • favill

    Let’s see…the ISI (Pakistani Intelligence) sent Pakistani military officers posing as Taliban into Afghanistan to plan and execute attacks against US, UK, Cdn, Australian and Dutch soldiers. They also took back to Pakistan our equipment used to defeat IEDs in order to reverse-engineer it, which in turn resulted in more frequent and more successful IED attacks on our troops. How do we know Pakistani officers were posing as Taliban commanders–one was followed back to Pakistan and identified as an ISI officer. In short, Pakistani military officers led Taliban in attacks which killed and injured NATO and Australian soldiers–now they’re crying because those same Taliban came and killed their kids….YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW, MOFOs.