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Thursday, May 1, 2014

'Al Qaeda in Kurdistan' breaks ranks with ISIS over Syria -- By Bill Roggio, The Long War Journal

Ayman Al ZawahiriA group calling itself "al Qaeda in Kurdistan" sided with al Qaeda's emir against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in the ongoing dispute over control of the jihad in Syria. In doing so, the group also renewed its pledge of "allegiance" to Ayman al Zawahiri and Mullah Mohammad Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, and said it would fight the ISIS if needed.

Al Qaeda in Kurdistan released its statement on a jihadist forum on April 25, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which obtained and translated it.

"We give the glad tidings to the Ummah of the renewal of pledging allegiance to the Sheikh of the Mujahideen, the wise man of the Ummah [Muslim community], Doctor Ayman al Zawahiri, may Allah make his foothold firm, and on top the Emir of the Believers Mullah Muhammad Omar, may Allah preserve him, to listen and obey in enthusiasm and reluctance for jihad in the cause of Allah," the al Qaeda in Kurdistan statement said, according to SITE.

Al Qaeda in Kurdistan offered to "disavow from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham," the former al Qaeda affiliate that was recently denounced by al Qaeda's General Command.

"[T]here is nothing between us and them but the sword. We consider the disavowal from the group of the State to be like a surgical operation on the body and the structure of Qaedat al-Jihad and, Allah permitting, it will be a healing for us and an increase in our life," al Qaeda in Kurdistan said.

The group also expressed its "condolences and consolation" for Abu Khalid al Suri, Zawahiri's personal representative to Syria who was killed in a suspected ISIS suicide attack earlier this year.

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