30 Jan '15, 7pm

Al Qaeda sharia officials address Caucasus defectors in joint statement

Ibrahim al Rubaish (left) and Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari (right) are both AQAP ideologues. Along with eight other jihadists, including two from the Al Nusrah Front, they issued a statement addressing the Caucasus jihadists who have defected to the Islamic State. This image is taken from an AQAP video that was posted online last July. When a senior Islamic Caucasus Emirate (ICE) commander in Dagestan and others swore allegiance to the Islamic State in mid-December, it caused an uproar among jihadists in the Caucasus. The emir of ICE, Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani, issued a stinging rebuke , saying the defections were a "treacherous act" and "caused a split among the mujahideen." More than one month after the defections, the controversy is still an issue for al Qaeda and its allies. On Jan. 28, a statement from ten veteran jihadist ideologues was posted on the web site for ...

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