Al-Qaeda leader denounces Isis ‘madness and lies’ as two terrorist groups compete for dominance:
Ayman al-Zawahiri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden when he was killed in 2011, criticized Isis for killing and “slandering” his own jihadis. In an audio message, he branded the rival group’s members “cowards” and liars with a “thirsty desire for authority”.
“Isis was struck with madness in takfir [declaring other Muslims to be apostates] and exceeded the limits of extremism,” al-Zawahiri said.
“They make takfir on the basis of lies, fabrications and even good deeds of obedience…[it is] is political, convenient and opportunistic.”
The extremist, who has had a $25 million bounty on his head since 9/11 and is under global sanctions due to his links to global terror attacks dating back to the 1990s, claimed Isis was “misusing the enthusiasm of the youth”.