Previously obscure al Qaeda leader responds to dissenters
Al Qaeda has published a response to the nine jihadists operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan who sided with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) in a letter disseminated in March. The ISIS, which was disowned by al Qaeda's general command in February , has been attempting to solicit support from jihadists around the world. And the nine jihadists, led by a veteran al Qaeda leader known as Abu Huda al Sudani, constitute one of the few factions to have publicly rallied to the ISIS' cause thus far. Al Qaeda's response to the nine jihadists was penned by Abu 'Amer al Naji, a previously obscure al Qaeda ideologue who nonetheless writes that he has lived with the group for "many years." Naji's statement, which was posted on May 28, was first obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. Naji responds to several criticisms levied by the nine jihadists, who blas...