Al Qaeda chief pledges allegiance to new Afghan Taliban chief

Ayman al-Zawahri
Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a web-based audio message, pledged allegiance to the brand new head of the Afghan Taliban, who was appointed final month after his predecessor was killed in a US drone strike.

Zawahiri turned Al Qaeda’s chief after US Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, and he’s regarded as hiding within the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area, having been primarily based there because the late 1990s.

“As chief of the Al Qaeda organisation for jihad, I prolong my pledge of allegiance as soon as once more, the strategy of Osama to ask the Muslim nation to assist the Islamic Emirate,” Zawahiri mentioned in a 14 minute recording.

Throughout their years in energy, from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban established the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and it has been combating an insurgency since to regain management of the nation.

The authenticity of the recording couldn’t be instantly verified.

Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, who was certainly one of former chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s deputies, was appointed just a few days after Mansour was killed by a US drone assault in a distant border space simply inside Pakistan.

Since Zawahiri, an Egyptian doctor-turned-militant, succeeded bin Laden, Al Qaeda has misplaced floor to the militant Islamic State group.

Some Afghan rebel commanders have damaged away from the Taliban to pledge assist for IS, although it operates largely in Iraq and Syria, and is lively in components of North Africa.

Al Qaeda was arrange by Arab guerrillas who flocked to Afghanistan to struggle Soviet occupation forces within the 1980s.

It had thrived underneath the Taliban’s rule earlier than each teams have been pushed underground following the US invasion that adopted Al Qaeda’s Sept 11, 2001 assaults on New York and Washington.

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