A New Al-Qaeda Magazine Slams ISIS

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Jul 05, 2015 at 9:22 AM ET

Social media accounts affiliated with al-Qaeda are circulating a new English-language magazine that promotes al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, and slams al-Qaeda’s rival, ISIS.

The digital publication, which appears to target a western audience, particularly denounces the Islamic State for beheading British aid worker Alan Henning last year and publishing a video showing his death. “These young, foolish, reckless soldiers of the ‘Islamic State,’ along with their foul-mouthed counterparts (supporters) across social media, are so consumed by their hatred towards the western world that they fail to see how their actions (and words) will affect the Islamic nation at large (that they claim to protect),” the magazine says.

Al-Qaeda and ISIS have been openly battling worldwide since the Islamic State split from al-Qaeda early last year. In Syria, the two groups are continuing to fight for control over territory, and the new publication is focused on that fight. It calls Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State group, a criminal and a traitor, and says ISIS “hurt the Islamic nation severely and repeatedly.”

One article in the magazine claims that most ISIS commanders in Syria and Iraq are former Iraqi military officers who belonged to Saddam Hussein’s regime. Other articles call on Muslims to go to Syria to fight for al-Qaeda.

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