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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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We Shall Fulfil our Pledge

We Shall Fulfil our Pledge

June 2016

By Ayman al-Zawahiri

Chapter:
(p.269) We Shall Fulfil our Pledge
Source:
Al-Qaeda 2.0
Author(s):
Donald Holbrook

Cerwyn Moore

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0021

This is Zawahiri’s pledge of allegiance to the new leader of the Taliban, Mawlawi Haibatullah, which is combined in this statement with a eulogy of Mullah Akhtar Mohamed Mansour, who was killed in a US drone strike in May 2016. Zawahiri uses the opportunity to emphasize the loyalty and steadfastness of jihadi stalwarts within both the Al-Qaeda central command and the leadership of the Islamic State in Iraq, including Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, thus accentuating his depiction of the Islamic State organization as a transgressor, disrupting a noble legacy of jihadi activism reaching, in modern times, back to the venerated conflict against the soviets and Afghanistan and—ultimately—back to the precedent set by the Prophet Mohammed and his companions

Keywords:   Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Afghanistan, Mawlawi Haibatullah, Mullah Muhammed Omar, Islamic State, ISIS, Fealty

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