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New Terrorist Organization Challenges Al-Qaeda

Published: February 4, 2014 | 12:58 pm
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Fighters of al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant parade at Syrian town of Tel Abyad

A relatively new terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has challenged the world’s largest terrorist network Al-Qaeda for power over the extremist Islamic ideology. The Islamic State (ISIS) is said to have taken on the group, defying orders and being uncooperative with other rebel groups trying to overthrow the Assad regime. In response, Al-Qaeda officially cut ties with the group, posting on various Jihadi websites that they are no longer affiliates of ISIS.

The ISIS, which surfaced shortly after the civil war broke out in Syria, has done quite some damage in its short time on the scene, escalating the instability in the region. ISIS’s power grab has led to some of the deadliest infighting amongst the rebel groups.

The animosity between the groups began when Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri sent out orders to ISIS leaders to stand down so that Al-Qaeda leaders could direct the insurgency in Syria. ISIS, which has had no qualms about setting its own agenda, stood its ground and continued fighting in defiance of Al-Qaeda.

Most Islamic terrorist organizations receive their funding either directly or indirectly from Al-Qaeda or Al-Qaeda sponsors. What makes ISIS different–and what makes its perhaps even more dangerous–is that it has managed to secure its own resources, taking over abandoned oil fields or extorting passengers at border crossings. This has allowed the new ISIS to be economically independent from the worldwide terrorist organization and allows it to shrug off Al-Qaeda’s commands.

Source: Guardian Liberty Voice

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