October 2, 2014 | Quote

ISIS and al-Qaida Are ‘One and the Same’ to Obama Despite Evidence of Schism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies said that while he expected low-level Isis fighters defect to al-Qaida as the US-led war advances, “organizationally, no, they’ve crossed the threshold,” making it “clear and unambiguous” that the two groups are distinct.

“The rebuke by Zawahiri is a significant fact. The declaration of a caliphate and al-Qaida’s rejection of it is significant. More significant is that Isis has assassinated a number of al-Qaida figures,” said Gartenstein-Ross.

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