02 Dec '17, 6pm

Analysis: Ayman al Zawahiri calls for 'unity' in Syria amid leadership crisis | FDD's Long War Journal

Curiously, Zawahiri does not disown Julani (who now heads HTS), nor does he explicitly call for the formation of a new group in Syria. The few times Zawahiri refers to the HTS emir he prays for Allah to “grant him success” and “facilitate him.” It is not clear how al Qaeda will treat Julani’s case. Julani was the emir of a regional branch of al Qaeda in Syria and, as such, subject to the group’s bureaucratic reviews. This process has clearly been interrupted by the formation of HTS. Nor is it entirely clear how al Qaeda will deal with HTS now. There have been unconfirmed reports that a new al Qaeda branch was going to be launched inside Syria, but Zawahiri merely calls for “unity” in Syria and elsewhere.

Full article: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/12/analysis-...

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