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Al-Qaeda 2.0A Critical Reader$
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Donald Holbrook

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190856441

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190856441.001.0001

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Testimony to Preserve the Blood of the Mujahidin in Al-Sham22

Testimony to Preserve the Blood of the Mujahidin in Al-Sham22

May 2014

By Ayman al-Zawahiri

Chapter:
(p.135) Testimony to Preserve the Blood of the Mujahidin in Al-Sham22
Source:
Al-Qaeda 2.0
Author(s):
Donald Holbrook

Cerwyn Moore

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0009

Here Zawahiri addresses the turmoil and infighting in Syria more directly, emphasizing that ISIS is subordinate to his organization. He traces the origin of the Islamic State of Iraq, highlighting the fact that whilst that group at also operated in objectionable ways, it still pledged allegiance to bin Ladin. Zawahiri claims to have inherited this fealty. He details correspondence between the two organizations at the outbreak of civil war in Syria that he seeks to use to demonstrate his overall control. He accuses Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of being driven predominantly by power, thus preparing the ground for more direct public denunciation of the ISIS leadership

Keywords:   Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda, Syria, ISIS, Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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