Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri backs new Taliban chief Akhundzada

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Al Qaeda's Zawahiri

Shamil Shams – June 11, 2016

Al Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri has endorsed new Taliban chief Akhundzada in a video message, according to a monitoring site. Experts believe al Qaeda’s pledge could be an attempt to curtail IS’ expansion in Afghanistan.

Ayman al-Zawahiri sent out a message of support to Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada in a 14-minute video posted online, the US-based monitor SITE Intelligence Group said Saturday.

“We pledge allegiance to you on jihad to liberate every inch of the lands of the Muslims that are invaded and stolen – from Kashgar to al-Andalus, from the Caucasus to Somalia and Central Africa, from Kashmir to Jerusalem, from the Philippines to Kabul, and from Bukhara to Samarkand,” the monitoring group cited al-Zawahiri as saying.