Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Thursday pledged his group’s allegiance to new Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour who is facing a bitter struggle over his leadership.

“As emir of Al-Qaeda, I pledge to you our allegiance, following the path of Sheikh (Osama) bin Laden and his martyred brothers in their allegiance to Mullah Omar,” Zawahiri said in a recording, referring to the former Al-Qaeda leader and to the longtime Taliban chief, whose death was confirmed last month.

Mansour, a longtime trusted deputy of Omar, is taking charge as the movement faces growing internal divisions and is threatened by the rise of the Islamic State group, which is making inroads in Afghanistan.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Zawahiri is so 2001.

    • Seneca III

      He amuses me in a strange sort of way because he has that cicatrice, a Zebiba (prayer bump in the language of the demented), on his forehead which means that he spends much of his time banging his head on the ground thus scrambling whatever few neurones he started out with – if any.

      Upside is that it makes a damn good aiming mark. Come the will, come the day, he and the rest of the Ropers so self defining will be easy to spot , Allah willing, if they’re into that shit in the first place that is or, if not, then simply we will just have to waste any and every slavering ‘beardie weirdie’ in baggy pants that we come across.

      Halcyon days then 🙂 🙂

  • Barrington Minge

    “And this is the finger I use to clean out my arsehole”