Al Qaeda’s general command has officially disavowed one of its most successful and best-known affiliates, the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The group is currently taking part in brutal guerrilla warfare in both Syria and Iraq.
The general command of Al Qaeda has been angered apparently by the growing autonomy and power of the group and therefore the Pakistani based command of Al-Qaeda released a blunt statement that said the ISIS was not a branch of the Al Qaeda and did not have any organizational relationship with Al Qaeda.
The statement went on to say the actions of ISIS could not be linked to Al Qaeda. On Monday, Al Qaeda posted its statement on a number of different militant’s websites.
Al Qaeda not only did not endorse the creation of ISIS, the statement read, but it also ordered the militant group to end its operations, but without any success. It complained that ISIS was incorrectly targeting other Muslims, who were not in support of it.
Today the group boasts an influence territorially from Iraq’s Anbar province to the stretch of land held by rebels in northern Syria.
Its numbers in Syria included thousands of members who are not Syrian; among them are nationals from other Arab nations, Russians and Europeans who have arrived in Syria to wage their jihad. The trademark weapon for ISIS is a suicide car bomb.
The public cutting of ties with ISIS by Al Qaeda came following months of problems between the leadership of both organizations. The Islamic State spun off the former Islamic State of Iraq that had been established as Al Qaeda’s Iraq franchise.
In April of 2013, ISIS declared its own birth, saying it merged with Al Nusra Front, a militant faction, which gained its notoriety for car bombs attacks in different parts of Syria.
However, officials from Al Nusra Front and the leader of Al Qaeda Ayman Zawahiri rejected the merger as a form of showing its power.
Since that time, ISIS has been earning a reputation of targeting other groups and accusing them of apostasy, and implementing its radical interpretation of Islam in the regions it controls and being abusive to the civilians that support the opposition.