Baghdadi vs. Zawahri: A Battle for Global Jihad

Analysis, posted 12.03.2014, from Iraq, in:
Former Militias, now Derna's Islamic Youth Council, Travel in Eastern Libya (REUTERS)

Since the rise of the Islamic State (IS) this year and its proclamation of a caliphate, there has been a battle underway in the global jihad movement for leadership and loyalty between Caliph Ibrahim, also known as IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahri. Baghdadi is making important gains while Zawahri is playing a long game.

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