August 26, 2014 | Quote

ISIS Trail Of Terror

Is ISIS Part of Al Qaeda?

Although originally an al Qaeda affiliate, ISIS and al-Baghdadi had a public falling out last year with Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s replacement and leader of al Qaeda “core,” over the role of another al Qaeda group, the al-Nursa Front, in Syria. This February a letter obtained by the Long War Journal reportedly showed al Qaeda’s senior leadership was so fed up with al-Baghdadi that it severed all connection with ISIS. By declaring himself the “caliph” of the Islamic State in June, al-Baghdadi appears to have challenged al-Zawahiri directly for the allegiance of all Muslim extremists.

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