ISIS and al Qaeda confront each other in West Africa @BillRoggio @thomasjoscelyn

May 12, 2020, 02:21 AM
Image: Mansa Musa depicted holding a gold nugget from a 1395 map of Africa and Europe. Musa I (c. 1280 – c. 1337), or Mansa Musa, was the tenth Mansa (which translates to "sultan", "conqueror" or "emperor") of the Mali Empire, an Islamic West African state. He has been described as the wealthiest individual of the Middle Ages.

Tom Joscelyn, Long War Journal and FDD; and Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD; in re: ISIS is accusing al Q of starting a war in West Africa.

Nonetheless, there’s tactical alignment between the two in some geographic areas.  ISIS’s newsletter, al-Naba, has a long piece on this. ISIS charges that what’s wrong with al Q is that the latter is willing to negotiate with the enemy – it endorsed the Taliban’s deal with the US. Al Q models some of its conduct in West Africa on Taliban.  General Miller, head of US representation in Afghanistan:  the agreement says naught about reduction in violence.  Not a peace deal; the US was had. Miller’s public affairs man doesn't even say basic matters were agreed on.