The recent uprising in Syria may have claimed a new victim–al Qaeda. Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda have been without a strong leader to keep the terrorist organization unified. Documents obtained from the raid that killed Osama revealed earlier divisions.
One of the main causes of division within the terrorist factions involves a central leadership that calls for moderation, believing that worldwide, uncontrolled terrorism is providing the organization with a distorted image. Al Qaeda itself is competing with a fanatical jihadist organization known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The ISIL is a splinter group, formed without approval from the al Qaeda leadership and which will not receive official support from the senior al Qaeda junta.
Despite being condemned by “moderate” terrorists, ISL is gaining support from worldwide jihadists. The rift between the terrorist cabals was widened by intervention in Syria when the upstart group violated al Qaeda’s rules for waging Islamic holy war. It is claimed that the growing division between jihadists made it difficult for the Obama Administration to know who to support in its attempt to remove Syrian President al-Assad.
In a statement released on Twitter, al Qaeda central leader Ayman al Zawahiri declared that “the ultra-hardline ISIL was not part of the global al Qaeda network.” In a display of his new “moderation,” the Zawahiri-led al Qaeda organization only suspended the upstart ISIL, evan after ISIL extremists had killed al Qaeda members in Syria. That was mighty nice of him after he called for the ISIL to be abolished last year in an attempt to end infighting among terrorists. One thing the two groups have in common is their hatred of the civilized world.
No Time to Celebrate
When the Jihadists are not busy fighting each other, they still hate all things American. The possibility of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “step-child” threat to America is real. The ISIL is gaining popular support from ambitious jihadists operating in Syria and Iraq and has attracted admirers worldwide.
Unfortunately, this means that troops in the war on terrorism have yet another threat to deal with.