Ayman Al-Zawahiri Has Been Al Qaeda Leader Since Osama Bin Laden’s Death
Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri has slammed ISIS as being “illegitimate” in an audiotape released online. Al-Zawahiri, who replaced Osama Bin Laden, said, “we don’t recognize this caliphate.” He also said that ISIS’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi didn’t deserve to be “caliph”.
However, he suggested that the two organizations could come together to fight the “crusaders” and “secularists”, referring to the west. Experts have warned that Al-Zawahiri’s word could be an “olive branch” that leads to the two coming together.