The Islamic State terror group that is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria was once an affiliate of Al Qaeda, and though they still generally share the same ideology and goals, they have fought for dominance in the radical jihadist world.
That terrorist infighting may be coming to an end though, as the Russian military campaign against the enemies of the Assad regime in Syria may be pushing the squabbling cousins back together again.
An audio recording purported to be of Al Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared this weekend and seemed to call for the Islamist groups to make peace to focus their energies on their common enemies, Russia and the West, according to Breitbart.
The audio had previously been posted on YouTube but removed, Breitbart reported.
“The Americans, Russians, Iranians, Alawites, and Hezbollah are coordinating their war against us. Are we not capable of stopping the fighting amongst ourselves so we can direct all our efforts against them?” Zawahiri is reported to have said.
“My mujahedeen brothers in all places and of all groups … we face aggression from America, Europe, and Russia … so it’s up to us to stand together as one from East Turkestan to Morocco,” the Al Qaeda leader continued, according to Breitbart.
Too be sure, there have been temporary alliances over the past year between the Islamic State group and Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Al Nusra — flush with American-provided weaponry through defectors — but this call from Zawahiri could signal a broader alliance that could see the two major terrorist groups combining their efforts.
While the Obama administration is forced to resort to trickery to try to convince Americans we are winning the war against terrorist, the terrorists are still fighting.