Now here's a shocking development in the Syrian war,
The radical rebel group, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham), which is believed to be ‘Al Qaeda-affiliated’, has been disavowed by the terrorist network
Al Qaeda has released a statement denying any relationship or sponsorship of ISIS and seems to have taken the moral high ground on the Syrian war, saying that it does not support the bloodshed.
“Qae'dat al-Jihad (AQ) declares that it has no links to the ISIS group. We were not informed about it's creation, nor counseled.”
Read the full translation here.
The statement begs the following questions.
- How will this affect ISIS recruiting power in the region?
- Does this dissociation make it any less of a formidable force in the Syrian conflict?
If the details of the statement are indeed from the horse’s mouth then one point stands out as the most shocking. Al Qaeda claims to be innocent of the bloodshed in Syria and has called for peace in ‘Sham’ (Greater Syria).
“We call upon all those who have religion to take care of the Jihad and work to extinguish this Fitnah by stopping this fight.”
Apparently, Al Qaeda’s central command does not approve of ‘Mujahideen’ (jihadists) fighting each other. It adds that “problems between the Mujahideen are solved amongst themselves and not through the media.”
ISIS was formed in April 2013 and is believed to have grown out of an al-Qaeda affiliate organization in Iraq. It has since become one of the main jihadist groups fighting government forces in Syria. It is also the most well-equipped and funded militant group on the ground.
It is pretty unbelievable to see that a murderous group like Al-Qaeda, who is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of innocents all over the world, has taken the moral high ground.
Isis strongholds in rebel-held and contested areas