An apparently upset Adnani advised Zawahiri to get rid of al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammed al-Julani, who he described as a "traitor." "Either you continue with your mistake and remain stubborn, and the division and fighting among the mujahideen will continue, or you confess to your mistake and correct it," AFP said.He added: "You make the mujahideen sad, and make the enemy of the mujahideen gloat because you support the traitor, and you make the heart bleed — you are the one who instigated the strife, and you have to extinguish it. Review yourself and stand in front of God to correct what you have ruined."Deadly violent clashes hit Jordan's Zaatari Syrian refugee camp. Read more here.
'You make the mujahideen sad, and make the enemy of the mujahideen gloat because you support the traitor.'
Adnani also refused to do the latter in this statement, saying leaving Syria is "impossible because it is unreasonable, unrealistic and illegitimate."Al Qaeda appears to have little control of its affiliates in Syria. But then this has always been the case, Noah Bonsey, Senior Syria Analyst with International Crisis Group, told VICE News. "It's true that the events and audio tapes of the last few weeks have shown that al Qaeda Central and Zawahiri do not have much influence on the ground in Syria, but that's actually nothing new,” Bonsey said.“We know from previous audio tapes released in this tit-for-tat exchange that both ISIS and al-Nusra have been ignoring Zawahiri since the groups split from each other in April 2013. And there's no evidence that he's ever been influential on the ground in Syria."Syrian rebels evacuate devastated 'capital of the revolution.' Read more here.
'It's true that the events of the last few weeks have shown that al Qaeda Central does not have much influence on the ground in Syria, but that's actually nothing new.'