New York: Sunni Islamist multi-national militant organization Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has termed his rival jihadist group the Islamic State as liars.
The 65-year-old Zawahiri, in an audio message released yesterday complained that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the IS chief, had alleged that Al-Qaeda opposes sectarian attacks on Shiites and was prepared to work with Christian leaders.
The video which was released by Al-Qaeda’s media arm in which Zawahiri was seen saying, “The liars insist upon their falsehood, to the extent that they claimed we do not denounce Shiites.”
The militants group Al-Qaeda which was founded by the late Osama Bin Laden, was locked in a battle with the Islamic State, which sprang from its Iraqi faction, for the leadership of a global jihad.
He insisted he had not called for Shiite Muslims to be spared, but had suggested focusing attacks on Shiite-led Iraqi forces and not on random atrocities against civilians.
The IS and Al Qaeda have both carried out hundreds of attacks on civilian targets, but some Al Qaeda members have called for less indiscriminate tactics.