Al-Qa’ida Arabian Peninsula senior leader Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi
THE war between Islamic State and al-Qa’ida as the world’s leading jihadist group burst into the open again yesterday as Islamist supporters voiced their conflicting opinions on the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot.
One Twitter account linked to al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula denounced Muath al-Kasaesbeh’s killing as “conclusive proof of Islamic State’s deviance” as others sought to find Koranic justification for the brutal killing.
Al-Qa’ida’s central command broke ties with Islamic State early last year, in part over its brutal treatment of captives and civilians living under its harsh rule.
Islamic State supporters on social media adopted the slogan “Burn Baby, Burn” to crow over the young pilot’s death, casting it as revenge for his combat role…