Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has released an audio recording, hinting that his organisation has no objection to if its Syrian affiliate, al-Nusra Front went its own way.
In the audio statement posted online, Zawahiri said many people talked and fought about the issue of al-Nusra and its al-Qaeda link.
He said if the people choose their own leadership, the organisational affiliation will not be an obstacle to what he described as "the great hopes of the Islamic nation".
Al-Nusra, one of Syria's main armed groups, has been excluded from peace talks between the country's government and opposition in Geneva because of its affiliation with al-Qaeda and it remains on UN and US terror lists.[...]
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[...]Referring to reports that Al Nusrah is going to break its bay’ah (allegiance) to al Qaeda, Zawahiri asks rhetorically if this is would satisfy the “criminals.” Zawahiri wonders further if such a break would lead to Al Nusrah being forced to “submit to humiliating and insulting agreements” as part of a “surrender” to “corrupt” governments in the region. Zawahiri cautions that this is the path to “rotten” democracy, which was the downfall of other Islamist groups, such as the Islamic Salvation Front in Algeria and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and led to their members being thrown in jail.
He then gets to the heart of the matter, repeating what he and others have made clear in the past: Al Qaeda is fighting to install an Islamic emirate based on its version of sharia. Only then will al Qaeda’s mission be accomplished.
“We have said over and over [to] the people of the Levant” and especially to the “brave and blessed mujahideen,” if “they establish their Muslim government and choose an imam, then what they choose is what we choose,” Zawahiri says, according to a translation obtained by The Long War Journal. He argues that al Qaeda’s men are not “students of power” who want to rule over others, but instead “students of sharia judgment” who want to be “ruled as Muslims” under Islam.
Zawahiri calls on the mujahideen to unite in the Levant, so they can “establish a rightly guided mujahid Islamic government.” Such a state would ultimately lead to the “return of the caliphate” according to the “prophetic methodology.”
Organizational “affiliations” will not be “an obstacle” to achieving this goal, Zawahiri insists, because al Qaeda is a part of the “ummah” and “not its rulers.” He takes another dig at the Islamic State, saying al Qaeda does not require a bay’ah to “unknown people” or a “Caliph of surprises,” meaning Baghdadi.[...]
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