Al Qaeda Now Killing More Al Qaeda Than Anyone Else

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Not only isn’t Al Qaeda on the run, but Al Qaeda has gotten so big that it’s monopolized the business of killing Al Qaeda terrorists.

A rogue Iraqi offshoot of al Qaeda is now killing more rival al Qaeda fighters every week in Syria than President Bashar al-Assad’s forces as infighting intensifies among opposition gunmen.

Clashes this year between al Qaeda’s official Syria wing, the Nusra Front, and the franchise’s disowned offspring, The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has killed hundreds of fighters and displaced tens of thousands of civilians.

Nusra lost control of Raqqa – the only rebel-held city in Syria – to ISIL fighters in January and intense fighting over the weekend resulted in ISIL making gains in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, Syria’s oil region.

If ISIL can take the province, it will control territory across Syria and into Iraq.

The term rogue is media political correctness. Al Qaeda in Iraq was official for a while and there are at least, roughly, three separate Al Qaeda groups fighting in Syria now. Zawahiri’s man isn’t even in one of the two that identify overly with Al Qaeda.

As with Boko Haram, these distinctions don’t really matter that much. Zawahiri has a limited ability to support any local Al Qaeda affiliate and any of the local Al Qaedas are bigger than whatever he commands.

What matters is not who has the official recognition, but which group shares Al Qaeda’s ideology, tactics and goals. .

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  • john spielman

    ah, perfect Islam and its works righteous theology that allows you to kill others who you deem apostate from the ” true” religion as YOU perceive it; has, and is, and always, will be at war with everyone, especially itself.
    This is why all Islamic countries are the most vicious and lawless (Pakistan, Yemen Somalia Libya or totalitarian and hold its inhabitants with threats of terror (Saudi Arabia)

  • Veracious_one

    Muslims don’t really care about who they’re killing, they’re happy just as long as someone is dying…

  • Veracious_one

    Have you ever noticed that Muslims always bring up civilian deaths despite the fact that civilians are their prime targets?

  • DB1954

    In short, madness reigns. This is looking as bad as the French revolution.

    • Drakken

      This is far worse than the French revolution and much more indiscriminate.

      • Atikva

        Not always. You could get beheaded in France at that time just because you didn’t know how many eggs there was in an omelette, or because you kept clean clothes, or because you had addressed a woman courteously. Or because your neighbor, your landlord or a perfect stranger was in a foul mood that day and felt like reporting you to the Comité de Salut Public as an enemy of the revolution.

  • DogmaelJones1

    How do these creatures distinguish friends from enemies in the field, especially if they’re wearing masks and are all more or less slobs brandishing guns? I wonder also how many Al Quaeda “allies” have been fogged by “friendly fire.”

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The enemy isn’t in the small gang that rode in one the pickup truck with you. Everyone else gets shot.

      • truebearing

        Then let’s send them more pick-ups.

    • Atikva

      To be able to identify friends, one must be able to understand the meaning of the word “friend”. Which the muslims don’t.

      “Me against my brother, my brother and I against my cousin, and all of us against the stranger”, this Bedouin Proverb permeates the whole oumma. Am I supposed to feel sorry for the slain terrorists? Tough luck, I just don’t.

  • Drakken

    The more these muslim savages kill each other the better, sit back with a bourbon and watch them tear each other to pieces. When they tire or thin out the herd, they will return to their European city of origin and bring chaos, panic and disorder there as well, then we can finally wake up do what must be done.

    • Habbgun

      How many jihadis does it take to change a light bulb…..??

      None the light bulb is the evil work of the infidel ….. but they are dumb enough to rape the socket.

  • Gee

    Arabs live to hate. They hate all non-Muslims, they hate all Muslims of a different sect, they hate all Muslims of the same sect if they are a different clan, then they hate everybody else in the same clan

    • truebearing

      This is the result of social injustice. If Christians and Jews would just give them free money and cars, they would not have this insensate rage. If we would all submit to Islam, there would so many slaves that no Muslim would have time to kill another because he would have his hands full trying to abuse each of his slaves every day. Clearly, it’s our fault.

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        Well the Liberals in Washington certainly support your opinion. Poverty is the root cause of all evil .

      • msVickiFlorida

        send them some Obongo care too

  • antioli

    It is against the will of God for any one to attack Muslims . As the Muslim are attacking Muslims then both are acting against the will of God (Islam). How shall

    they cut off each others head.

  • truebearing

    Al Queda is killing Al Queda…long live Al Queda! At least until the job is done.

    Is this the ultimate argument against “the enemy of my enemy is my friend?”

  • http://batman-news.com chuckie2u

    As they say ,”Follow the Money” . One has to ask the question,”WHO is funding these people? Armies of rebels have to eat,get paid and have money to obtain weapons.They do not operate in a vacuum. These “freedom fighters” or what ever term the Administrations uses to garner justification for their turning over weapons to the Muslims fighting cannot function without support.

  • s;vbkr0boc,klos;

    Muslims killing muslims – its like who is ‘holier’ the Crips or the Bloods.

  • Atikva

    As long as the killing stays in the islamist family, it’s fine with me.

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