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Saturday, May 3, 2014
Zawahiri makes another attempt at reconciliation in Syria -- By Thomas Joscelyn, The Long War Journal
Zawahiri even extends an olive branch to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who leads the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), which has been disowned by al Qaeda. Zawahiri again calls on Baghdadi to leave Syria and return to the fight in Iraq. This has been al Qaeda's desire since the beginning of the dispute. If Baghdadi does so, then Zawahiri is apparently willing to welcome him back into the fold, despite all of the problems, from al Qaeda's perspective, that Baghdadi and ISIS have caused.
"Listen to and obey your emir once again," Zawahiri says when addressing Baghdadi, according to a translation obtained by The Long War Journal. "Come back to what your sheikhs, emirs, and those who preceded you on the path and immigration of jihad have worked hard for."
Baghdadi claims he is a descendant of the Prophet Mohammed's family. And Zawahiri flatters the rogue commander by saying that he should follow the path of his "grandfather" Hasan, a grandson of Mohammed who forfeited his role as leader of the Caliphate. Baghdadi and his supporters believe that he is the rightful new Caliph. But Zawahiri wants Baghdadi to be a "good grandson" by abandoning this claim and returning to the jihad in Iraq instead.
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