This really made me laugh this morning (sorry I’m a bad person). In a video issued to mark its 9/11 terror attack Al-Qaeda has accused Iran of collaborating in a “crusader” war conducted by the west against Islam.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number two in the terror group’s chain of command, attacked Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the tape.
According to AP, Al-Zawahri said Tehran was “cooperating with the Americans in occupying Iraq and Afghanistan” and slammed Iran for recognizing the two governments. He also criticized the Shiites for not calling for a jihad in Iraq against the “Crusader occupier.” In militant postings, “crusaders” is shorthand for U.S. troops in Iraq.
“The guardian of Muslims in Tehran is cooperating with the Americans in occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and recognizes the two hireling governments there,” al-Zawahri said.
What’s a state like Iran to do? They’re trying their best helping bomb and murder where they can, providing weapons to anyone willing to shoot an AK, stoking war in Lebanon, fermenting anti semitism, trying to build an A-bomb. I say that they’re doing enough and this is an unwarranted attack on Iran’s reputation.
Al-Qaeda clearly has no truck with splitters.
More seriously, it is an interesting question as to where this Shia/Sunni rift will go. Al-Qaeda, Sunni at its core, is clearly unhappy with Iran’s growing sphere of influence in Iraq and Afghanistan: but would it ever attack Iran?