World Bulletin / News Desk
Two al Qaeda branches urged warring militant factions in Iraq and Syria to stop fighting each other and unite against a U.S.-led alliance preparing to attack the so-called 'Islamic State' (IS) armed group, according to a joint statement posted online.
"Stop the infighting between you and stand as one rank against America's campaign," al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said in a rare joint statement.
IS, an offshoot of al Qaeda, has fought several rival groups in Syria including Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official wing in Syria, that have sought to resist its expansion over the past year.
It has also waged a propaganda war with al Qaeda's central leadership in a thinly-veiled attempt to wrest leadership of global militancy from the group founded by Osama bin Laden, killed by U.S. forces in 2011.
IS fighters set off alarms across the Middle East since June when they swept through northern Iraq, seizing cities, slaughtering prisoners.
President Barack Obama declared his plans to establish a broad coalition against IS last week, and world powers meeting in Paris on Monday gave public backing to military action to fight the group in Iraq.
The groups appealed to militant fighters and their supporters to "stop the campaigns of mutual slander, and direct the honest pens and swords against the head of infidelity, America, and its unjust aggressive alliance."
IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly fell out with al Qaeda in 2013 over its expansion into Syria.Last Mod: 16 Eylül 2014, 17:37