“Rally around the Afghan Taliban and reject Isis and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.” This is the appeal launched by Zayman Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s successor at the head of Al Qaeda, to his own fighters. It was reported by Site, the non-governmental intelligence group that monitors the activities of the terrorists on the Internet.
The leader of the Afghan-Pakistani terrorist organization has appeared in a video again, after a period when only audio messages were spread. In this video, he asks his militiamen to help the Afghan Taliban to fight back Isis. It is not the first time Zawahri criticizes Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s self-proclaimed Islamic State. Many governments, the US in the first place, do not appreciate Zawahri either. After September 11, the US launched a war without borders against the Islamist organization. Over the years, Zawahri has shunned at least four attempts to eliminate him. Currently, he is hiding somewhere on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Al-Qaida (“The Base” in Arabic, often spelled as Al Qaeda, according to the rules of English language) is an Islamist terrorist organization founded in 1989, which organizes and carries out violent actions both against West-friendly regimes, called Munafiqun ‘‘hypocrites’’, and against the Western world as a whole, summarily referred to as kufr ‘‘infidel’’.
The Saudi billionaire Osama bin Laden had been its leader until he died on May 2, 2011; after his death, which took place in Afghanistan at the hands of the US Special Forces, the ideological leadership of the group was undertaken by al-Zawahiri, a former doctor from Cairo, who belongs to a family of religious scholars and Egyptian judges. The propaganda of both leaders made reference to the ideological and political activism of Sheikh Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, a Palestinian activist who died in 1989, after arriving to Pakistan – a country that back then was on the frontline in contrasting the Soviet armed forces that had invaded the neighboring Afghanistan – where he founded the movement of the Mujahideen, “patriots committed to the jihad”.