May 3, 2014
Iraqi al-Qaida’s entry into Syria’s civil war caused “a political
disaster” for Islamist militants there, the movement’s global leader
Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video message, urging the faction to redouble
its efforts in Iraq instead.
Zawahri has repeatedly tried to end infighting between the Islamic
State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and another al-Qaida-aligned group,
the Nusra Front.
He said on Friday in a message translated by SITE Monitoring that if
ISIL had accepted his decision not to get involved in Syria and had
instead worked to “busy itself with Iraq, which needs double its
efforts” then it could have avoided the “waterfall of blood” caused by