ZAWAHIRI CALLED TO CONFRONT UNITEDLY CURRENT THREAT
In the the latest recording,released through the web on Sunday 11/01/2015, Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri called on supporters to come together to confront the threat from the West and Russia in Syria and Iraq, suggesting greater unity between al-Qaeda and its adversary I.S.I.S .
“The Americans, Russians, Iranians, Alawites, and Hizballah are coordinating their war against us — are we not capable of stopping the fighting among ourselves so we can direct all our efforts against them?” Zawahiri said . It was not clear when the recording was made but references to Russian aggression suggest it was made after Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, launched air raids against opposition groups and ISIS in Syria on 09/30/2015 (see – Audio 09.09.15 ).
ISIS, the ultra-hardline group that controls large parts of Iraq and Syria, has called for a holy war against both Russia and the USA in response to airstrikes on its fighters in Syria.
Any cooperation between al-Qaeda and ISIS would further complicate efforts to stabilize the Middle East, where militant groups have gained influence and escalated attacks since the Arab Spring of 2011 toppled autocrats who had contained them.
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