ISIS is destroying itself from within

August 2, 2017 10:22 amViews: 13

ISIS is not just losing territory day by day in Syria and Iraq – it is literally tearing itself apart from within. According to Iraqi sources, ISIS social media are increasingly referring to the harsh dispute between two ideological factions: the followers of the Bahraini cleric Turki Binali (killed by the Coalition last May) and those of Ahmed bin Omar al-Hazimi, a cleric living in Saudi Arabia. According to the latter, any person who lives under the control of a non-Wahhabi government is not a “Muslim,” and therefore should be either killed or enslaved. Such a view, basically, allows Muslims in any country to get killed as a collateral damage in ISIS suicide attacks. The same stance is adopted by the followers of Binali, who claim that Muslims living in non-Wahhabi states should be informed about their non-Muslim status before being killed and/or enslaved. The two groups have recently clashed on the findings of a committee established by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to explain the main points of ISIS religious theories. Since the committee was mostly made up of Hazimi followers, Binali issued a message denouncing its findings and accusing its members of ignorance.

Another proof of the ongoing internal fighting within ISIS is the publication of an article on the group’s magazine Al-Naba denouncing “idols” like Hassan Al-Banna (the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood) and Atiyatullah Al-Libi, a senior Al-Qaeda leader who was killed in 2011. Al-Naba said that anyone who doesn’t consider Banna and Libi as apostates is an apostate himself. The problem is that ISIS leader al-Baghdadi himself commended Libi and called him a martyr. Does that mean that the “caliph” is an apostate according to the ISIS official magazine? In any case, these rather public disputes suggest that the Daesh organization is being torn apart from the inside.

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