The leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, attacked ISIS for killing and "slandering" his own jihadis. Al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin-Laden who was killed in 2011.
In an audio message al-Zawahiri said ISIS members are "cowards" and liars with a "thirsty desire for authority."
"ISIS was struck with madness in takfir [declaring other Muslims to be apostates and not true Muslims] and exceeded the limits of extremism," he terrorist scum said.
"They make takfir on the basis of lies, fabrications and even good deeds of obedience . . . it is political, convenient and opportunistic." One of the claims he made was that ISIS was "misusing the enthusiasm of the youth," as if that was immoral--but cutting off heads and flying planes into buildings killing thousands of innocent people was actually rather religious.
The al-Qaeda POS leader has a $25 million on his head since 9/11 and due to his terror links, has global sanctions leveled against him. His terrorist activities goes back to the early 1990s. His audio message was spoken in Arabic but also translated and spread on social media by supporters.
In the first week of January, more than 20 AQ scumcrumpets were killed in northwestern Syria. But while we have put our focus on ISIS, AQ has been able to gain ground.
In a heartfelt religious plea, al-Zawahiri is trying to make a case for ISIS defectors and urging "ones who seek the truth" to join his group of killers for Allah.
According to Renad Mansour, a fellow from the Middle East and North Africa Program at Chatham House said that AQ wants to capitalize on ISIS's losses in Mosul and Raqqa province, both key strongholds.
"When ISIS became so successful, many questioned the relevance and legitimacy of al-Qaeda, especially after the death of Osama bin Laden," Dr. Mansour told The Independent.
"Al-Zawahiri's attack coming now shows that al-Qaeda feels a bit more confident, feels that ISIS is beginning to lose."
So maybe it's time to take al-Qaeda seriously again. They have aspirations that cannot bode well for the west.
Vigilance is key.