Obama adviser reasserts U.S. is ‘Islamic country’

WND EXCLUSIVE

Obama adviser reasserts U.S. is ‘Islamic country’
Homeland Security senior fellow also touts rise of ‘Caliphate’
Mohamed Elibiary

Mohamed Elibiary
.
An Obama adviser who ruffled feathers last year claiming the U.S. is “an Islamic country with and Islamically compliant constitution” is reportedly at it again.
.
Mohamed Elibiary is a senior fellow of Obama’s Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council.
.

According to a report from the Investigative Project on Terrorism, or IPT, Elibiary revisited his October 2013 tweet in which he claimed the U.S. was an “Islamic country,” explaining in another tweet Saturday (reportedly since deleted), “I said America was an Islamic country not a Muslim country. Pls study up on the difference b4 attacking me.”
.

IPT reports a source close to Elibiary explained the Homeland Security adviser meant to say that he feels there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution and the American system that runs contrary to Islam.
.

IPT, however, also quoted Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, who rejected Elibiary’s claims.
.

“His entire attempt to repeatedly say that ‘American is Islamic’ is pure deception,” Jasser said. “In fact it is not.”
.

“Islamism is incompatible with liberty and is a supremacist doctrine,” Jasser continued. “In all of [Elibiary’s] work, you will not find any critique of Islamism, the Islamic state, or government imposed shariah in his opinions or any admission of the deep reforms necessary for American ideals to be compatible with Islam.”
.

The IPT report was also noticed by former Florida Republican Congressman Allen West, who wrote a blog piece in which he also opposed Elibiary’s assessment of America’s Islamic compliance.
.

“I hate to disagree with this fella, but he fails to understand that America is a Constitutional Republic,” West wrote. “And how he comes up with the conclusion that our U.S. Constitution is ‘Islamically compliant’ is beyond comprehension – considering Islamic law is rooted in the practice called Sharia rooted in the Koran. That is clearly a violation of our establishment of religion clause.”
.

Indeed, in nations where Islamic Shariah law has been implemented, Christians, Jews and women in particular have suffered discrimination, violence and court-supported persecution – a legal system in clear contradiction not only of America’s religious freedoms, but also of several other constitutional rights.
.

“This, ladies and gentlemen, is how it begins. Islamists infiltrate our governing systems and deceive us with lies, making us believe there is no true delineation in our fundamental beliefs,” West continued. “What I find disturbing [but] not surprising is this man is allowed to have a position in the most important domestic security government agency, our Department of Homeland Security.”
.

Elibiary, in fact, has a long record of reportedly working with those whose brand of Islam strays into the conquering, oppressive form of Islamism.
.

According to Judicial Watch Elibiary admits he’s a longtime friend of self-described Islamist Shukri Abu Baker, convicted in 2008 of financing the terrorist organization Hamas through his U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, the Holy Land Foundation. Judicial Watch reports Elibiary donated to the Holy Land Foundation monthly until it was shut down by the U.S. government and defends Baker, depicting his prosecution as a case of political persecution.
.

According to a Breitbart report, Elibiary was a speaker in 2004 at an event called “A Tribute to the Great Islamic Visionary,” which honored the ruthless, theocratic Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini, and in 2006, Elibiary penned an op-ed stating that everyone should read Sayyid Qutb, a man widely seen as the founder of radical Islamic groups like al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood.
.

Elibiary wrote, “I’d recommend everyone read Qutb, but read him with an eye to improving America not just to be jealous with malice in our hearts.”
.

Elibiary’s Twitter account, though he vehemently insists it reflects only his personal opinions and not any official government positions, has repeatedly been a source of comments that can be interpreted as sympathetic to the Islamist cause.
.

Earlier this month, for example, Elibiary tweeted, “As I’ve said b4 inevitable that ‘Caliphate’ returns. Choice only whether we support #EU like Muslim Union vision or not.”
.

A week later, Eliabary also tweeted, “It’ll be hard at times but over next 10years conservative movt will evolve towards Muslim majority world.”
.

Iraq invaders threaten nuke attack on Israel

WND EXCLUSIVE

Iraq invaders threaten nuke attack on Israel

ISIS focus on ‘destroying Zionist regime’ to ‘liberate Palestine’

 

 

WASHINGTON – The well-organized army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, claims it has access to nuclear weapons and a will to use them to “liberate” Palestine from Israel as part of its “Islamic Spring,” according to a WND source in the region.

Franklin Lamb, an international lawyer based in Beirut and Damascus, said the move is part of the ISIS aim of creating a caliphate under strict Islamic law, stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to Iraq.

.
Lamb added that the ISIS “Al-Quds Unit” is working to broaden its influence in more than 60 Palestinian camps and gatherings from Gaza, across “Occupied Palestine,” or Israel, to Jordan and from Lebanon up to the north of Syria “seeking to enlist support as it prepares to liberate Palestine.”
.
ISIS is also know as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. “Sham,” or “Greater Syria,” refers to Cyprus, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and southern Turkey.

ISIS also is known as DAASH, the Arabic acronym for al-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fi al-Iraq wa-al Sham.

The Sunni militant group, which has taken over much of the Sunni region of Iraq, could leave the Shia-dominated region of the country and head toward Jordan and Turkey.

Lamb said that in Iraq alone, some 6 million Iraqi Sunnis recently have become supportive of the ISIS lightning strikes in the Sunni portion of the country.

Some of the Sunni supporters are secular, such as the Naqshbandia Army of former top officials of executed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. As WND reported, the Sunni group may have given ISIS access to its ongoing sarin production facility in northwestern Iraq.

WND also reported ISIS already has captured towns bordering Iraq and Turkey.

The militant group also has steamrolled through the Iraqi desert in the west and taken over the major al-Walid crossing with Syria and the Turaibil crossing into Jordan.

Lamb said ISIS has established a capital for its caliphate in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

“The Islamist organization believes it currently has massive regional support for its rapidly expanding ‘revolution of the oppressed,’” Lamb said.

ISIS estimates it will take 72 months to “liberate” “Occupied Palestine,” or Israel, according to Lamb.

Lamb quoted an ISIS member as saying: “Zionists call us masked, sociopathic murderers, but we are much more complicated and representative of those seeking justice than they portray us.

“Are we more barbaric than the Zionist terrorists who massacred at Dier Yassin, Shatila, twice at Qana, and committed dozens of other massacres? History will judge us after we free Palestine.”

Lamb said ISIS can do what no other Arab, Muslim or Western backers of resistance have been able to accomplish.

He quoted the ISIS member as saying: “All countries in this region are playing the sectarian card just as they have long played the Palestinian card, but the difference with ISIS is that we are serious about Palestine and they are not. Tel Aviv will fall as fast as Mosul when the time is right.”

The WND source said ISIS appears “eager” to fight Israeli armed forces “in the near future despite expectation that the regime will use nuclear weapons.”

“Do you think that we do not have access to nuclear devices?” Lamb quoted the ISIS member as saying. “The Zionists know that we do, and if we ever believe they are about to use theirs, we will not hesitate. After the Zionists are gone, Palestine will have to be decontaminated and rebuilt just like areas where there has been radiation released.”

ISIS access to nuclear weapons could come from Sunni Pakistan, which is home to more than 30 terrorist groups. Pakistan possibly has transferred nuclear weapons to the chief bankroller of its nuclear development program, Sunni Saudi Arabia, as WND previously has reported.

The Saudis, who also have provided billions of dollars to ISIS, have threatened to acquire nuclear weapons if Iran were to develop its own.

The WND source said ISIS denies any interest in training and directing foreign fighters to attack Europe, claiming its goals are to establish the al-Sham caliphate and “liberate Palestine.”

The source said the West, and especially the Israelis, may already be aware of ISIS plans and tactics to take over “Palestine.” He said Western intelligence sources were in possession of an “encyclopedia of information” obtained by Iraqi intelligence less than 48 hours before Mosul fell two weeks ago.

He said an ISIS messenger who was captured and “under Iraqi torture” turned over more than 160 computer flash sticks with the detailed information.

“The U.S. intelligence community is still decrypting and analyzing the flash sticks,” Lamb said.

He indicated that the information already has been handed over to members of Congress, some of whom are sharing it with the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

“The current sense on Capitol Hill is reported to be that the Obama administration is not in the mood to share anything with Israel these days and certainly not with the Netanyahu regime which it loathes,” he said.

Lamb said only time will tell whether or not ISIS reaches both of its objectives. He added that if the “Zionist regime” can be ejected from Palestine, it will set in motion “historic currents” that will be “rather different from the Ehud Olmert-Condoleezza Rice fantasy of ‘a New Middle East.’

“In any event,” Lamb said, “it is unlikely that Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Lebanon among other countries in this region are going to look much like what George Bush and Dick Cheney and their still active neo-con advisers had in mind when they were beating the drums for a U.S. invasion of Iraq, Libya and now Syria and Iran.”

 

Major U.S. city next target for Islamic terror

WND EXCLUSIVE

Major U.S. city next target for Islamic terror

ISIS militants not planning to stop in Iraq

ISISviolence

WASHINGTON – Beyond Iraq, what is the intent of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria?

There appears to be short- and long-term goals, with a hint of those intentions in the name ISIS has chosen for itself.

Its real name is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, meaning Greater Syria.

ISIS, morphing from the Islamic State of Iraq before it was excommunicated from al-Qaida central in Pakistan last year for its extreme Wahhabi brutality, appears to have intentions of re-creating Greater Syria into an Islamic caliphate, subject to strict Shariah law.

Historically, Greater Syria, corresponding to Greater Assyria, included all of the Levant and Mesopotamia, or modern-day Iraq.

The Levant incorporates the Eastern Mediterranean countries of Cyprus, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, parts of Turkey and northeast Africa, including the Sinai Peninsula.

Already, the terror group’s lightning attacks span from northeast Syria into western and central Iraq. It is knocking on Baghdad’s door and could potentially head further south to take over those oil refineries that provide oil to the world.

At that end, there’s also Sunni Kuwait, which deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein once referred to as Iraq’s 13th province as justification for invading the country.

At the same time, there’s concern that ISIS will move into Jordan where there is major dissatisfaction of the reign of King Abdullah II bin al-Hussein. The king’s concerns are so great that he has requested U.S. military assistance to prevent it from becoming part of ISIS’ Islamist caliphate.

There are reports that the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, already is meeting with his war planners to determine what it will do beyond Syria and Iraq.

According to informed sources, al-Baghdadi’s top director of operations in ISIS’ blitzkrieg from Syria and now into Iraq is Al Nasir Li Din Allah Abu Sulayman.

He is described as a behind-the-scenes jihadist who shuns publicity. According to Long War Journal, Abu Sulayman is regarded as ISIS’ war minister. LWJ said that “Al Nasir Li Din Allah” is an honorific term meaning “The Victor of the Religion of God.”

According to sources, Abu Sulayman’s real name is Neaman Salman Mansour al-Zaidi. He may be Moroccan with Syrian citizenship.

Sources say that after Iraq, ISIS may focus on Jordan, which shares borders with Iraq and Syria, making it easy to invade the country.

ISIS already has publicly called for the execution of Jordan’s King Abdullah, blasting him as an infidel and apostate.

A recent ISIS YouTube threatened to “slaughter” the king. Many of those appearing in the video were Jordanian citizens who tore up their passports in front of the camera and promised to launch suicide attacks inside Jordan.

Beyond Jordan and the immediate Greater Syria region, there is concern among security experts that ISIS’ success will spawn spinoff groups similar to it in other countries.

That’s because ISIS’ rapid successes have inspired other jihadist groups to join its bandwagon and attract new recruits from young, unemployed youth in those countries, numbers of which are massive.

It certainly would be the case in Lebanon where WND recently visited as unemployed Syrians escaping the civil war next door looked for means to survive alongside Palestinians in their camps where unemployment is said to be 90 percent.

With its initial success in Syria and now Iraq, there also is concern among the Gulf Arab countries of not only Kuwait but also Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that ISIS will take root in those locations.

Al-Qaida is strong in the Arabian Peninsula, with AQAP based in Yemen. Any ISIS initiative in areas al-Qaida is located could pose problems for al-Baghdadi, who openly split with al-Qaida central leader al-Zawahiri.

But given al-Baghdadi’s accomplishments, ISIS has become very attractive, with many jihadist groups as seen in Iraq joining his group.

Sources believe there also is the prospect that ISIS spinoffs would develop and threaten countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia as well.

“ISIS is a threat not only to moderate Arabs and Muslims, but also to Israel, which the terrorists say is their ultimate destination,” according to regional expert Khaled Abu Toameh of the Gatestone Institute.

“The U.S. and its Western allies need to wake up quickly and take the necessary measures to prevent the Islamist terrorists from achieving their goal,” he said.

Beyond the region, what other goal does ISIS have?

An indication of that comes from Army Col. Kenneth King, who was commanding officer at Camp Bucca in Iraq where Al-Baghdadi was in a U.S. custody.

Upon his release through what observers say was under a general amnesty, King said that al-Baghdadi said, “I’ll see you guys in New York.”

King was with the 306 Military Police Battalion, a reserve unit from Long Island. The unit also included a number of members from the New York Police Department and the Fire Department of New York. The camp itself was named after FDNY Fire Marshal Ronald Bucca who was killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Already, security experts are taking seriously what King initially thought was a joke, until he realized what al-Baghdadi has done as the head of ISIS sweeping through Iraq.

“I’m not surprised that it was someone who spent time in Bucca but I’m a little surprised it was him,” King said. “He was a bad dude, but he wasn’t the worst of the worst.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NYPD already are taking al-Baghdadi’s threats seriously.

“This guys on the move,” according to former FBI agent Manny Gomez. “He’s only gaining strength. He’s gaining more resources vis-à-vis weaponry, intelligence backing. His numbers are growing. His financial strength is growing Success breeds success and this guy, unfortunately for us, has been very successful.”

With that said, however, it isn’t clear when al-Baghdadi would be a direct threat to the U.S. homeland.

Former Acting Central Intelligence Agency Director Michael Morell said it may be at least a year before ISIS poses a serious threat to the U.S.

However, he said the threat could be sooner if the U.S. offered direct assistance to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

For now, he said, al-Baghdadi is targeting the Iraqi government.

All of this raises the question whether the United States needs to get involved militarily to stop ISIS’ efforts to take over all of Iraq.

Given that ISIS’ actions beyond Iraq would threaten U.S. and Western strategic interests in the region if it goes beyond Iraq, it raises the question whether this forward motion needs to be stopped now, or later when it will be more difficult.

Jihadists hit the mother lode with WMD stash

WND EXCLUSIVE

ISIS scores big with Iraqi WMDs

Saddam’s manufacturer also joins terror army


Sarin stockpiles

Sarin stockpiles

WASHINGTON – The terrorists running amok in Iraq – members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham – may have access to a secret sarin poison gas production facility in northeast Iraq as a result of a new alliance with a top military commander who previously was an aide to executed Sunni Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, WND has learned.

The revelations comes as the State Department acknowledged that ISIS has captured a stockpile of old chemical weapons at the Al Muthanna chemical weapons production complex as its fighters sweep through Iraq’s Sunni- controlled region.

The access to a sarin poison gas production facility, and the man with the expertise to operate it, is the result of a new alliance between the brutal jihadist fighters and Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who was a top military commander and vice president to the deposed Saddam Hussein.

According to sources, Douri heads the Naqshbani Army, which is a coalition of Sunni groups in Mosul, a city which recently was overrun by ISIS. The sources added that representatives of Douri recently met with ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

ISIS has swept through Iraq toward Baghdad, which is being defended by troops of the government of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in recent days. The coalition of terrorists has included Sunni jihadist groups, and now apparently members of the Naqshbandi Army after an alliance, sources said.

The Naqshbandi Army is a resistance group of underground Baathists and Islamist militant insurgency groups in Iraq. It emerged in December 2006 following the execution of Hussein.

Douri’s alliance gives ISIS’ Baghdadi access to a facility that produces sarin nerve gas under the direction of former Iraqi Military Industries Brig. Gen. Adnan al-Dulaimi.

Al-Douri

Al-Douri

Dulaimi was a major player in Saddam’s chemical weapons production projects. He has been working in the Sunni-controlled region of northwestern Iraq where the outlawed Baath party is located and produces the sarin.

A WND request to the State Department for a response to the revelation that ISIS may already have access to a working sarin poison gas production facility as a result of the Douri alliance with ISIS went unanswered.

Similarly, the State Department did not respond to a WND inquiry as to why old chemical weapons stockpiles at the Al-Muthana chemical complex were never destroyed before U.S. troops left Iraq in December 2011.

The Iraqi production of poison sarin nerve gas recently was confirmed in a classified document from the U.S. intelligence community’s National Ground Intelligence Center, or NGIC.

The document was classified Secret/Noforn – “Not for foreign distribution.”

The document revealed that “AQI” had produced a “bench-scale” form of sarin in Iraq and had transferred it to Turkey.

AQI, or al-Qaida in Iraq, was the precursor to the al-Qaida splinter group ISIS, which Baghdadi created after he moved his fighters last year into Syria on the side of the Syrian opposition.

Sarin thought to be intended for use in Syria

Sarin thought to be intended for use in Syria

However, Baghdadi and his ISIS jihadist fighters quickly fell out of favor with al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri after Baghdadi sought to include another al-Qaida group, the Jabhat al-Nusra, in ISIS.

The al-Nusra leadership opposed the merger and fighting ensued between ISIS and al-Nusra, leading Zawahiri to publicly disown ISIS as part of the al-Qaida organization.

A U.S. military source told WND that there were a number of interrogations as well as some clan reports as part of what the NGIC document said were “50 general indicators to monitor progress and characterize the state of the ANF/AQI-associated sarin chemical warfare agent developing effort.”

In May 2013, some of the sarin transferred to Turkey for al-Nusra’s use was intercepted and fighters in Turkey were arrested.

According to published reports, the sarin coming from Iraq but transported to Turkey allegedly was used in an attack on the Syrian city of Aleppo in March 2013 by Saudi Arabian-backed al-Nusra in its effort to overthrow the government of the Shiite-Alawite Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.

The document further revealed that sarin production had been under way for more than a year.

“Future reporting of indicators not previously observed would suggest that the effort continues to advance despite the arrests,” the NGIC document said.

In acknowledging to the Wall Street Journal that ISIS had taken over the Al-Muthanna chemical weapons, the State Department quickly attempted to minimize the seizure by saying that ISIS wouldn’t be able to make use of the materials because it was too old, contaminated and difficult to move.

“We do not believe the complex contains CW (chemical weapons) materials of military value and it would be difficult, if not impossible, to safely move the materials,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told the WSJ.

“The majority of the Al-Muthanna complex was bombed during Desert Storm, completely incapacitating Iraq’s chemical weapon production capabilities,” according to a 2004 Central Intelligence Agency report. “However, large stockpiles of chemical weapons and bulk agent survived.”

Most of these munitions were later destroyed under supervision of the United Nations. Some of the partially destroyed materials were sealed in two bunkers at Al-Muthanna.

U.S. military officials say they never would have left chemical material after the 2011 pullout if it posed a security threat.

“The only people who would likely be harmed by these chemical materials would be the people who tried to use or move them,” a military spokesman said.

However, ISIS’ access to a sarin poison gas production facility operated by former members of Saddam Hussein’s military may be another story.

Sarin actually was used in terror attacks in Japan in 1994 and 1995.

I WAS THERE: My perspective on Bowe Bergdahl

 
by Jon Williams ( www.IAmATexan.com )

As an Army Veteran who was working as a contractor attached to the 25th Infantry Division (same Division as Bergdahl) in a nearby FOB when Bowe Bergdahl went missing, I feel the need to speak out on the situation (notice I don’t ascribe rank to him, I will address that later).

A few days ago, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel took the stage at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan and excitedly started with what he thought would be a big applause line. “We got him back!” he exclaimed.

Silence.

Not. Even. One. Clap.

Numerous White House leaks show that Obama and his team were convinced that Americans would greet the news of a returning POW with elation; that this would be the great moment in Obama’s second term. This shows just how clueless they are about the military. Let me clue them in.

You see, when Hagel took the stage, he expected joy at the announcement that one of their own was returned! However, you have to see inside a soldier’s mind to understand what was going on here. I believe I can provide a little insight.

When a soldier deserts his post, when he writes that he is ashamed to be an American, when he gives the enemy secrets (and he did), he is no longer “one of us”. He is a traitor. He is not a brother-in-arms.
Soldiers risk their lives for each other every day on the battlefield, there is a trust and respect they have for each other. For Bowe Bergdahl to break that trust and the Secretary of Defense to announce a hero’s welcome instead of a court-martial is a huge let-down.

He isn’t one of their own. He is one of them. He is the enemy.

That’s not something to celebrate.

The message the White House is sending is that they value treason more than honorable service.

Read that last sentence again. Let it sink in. THIS is what every soldier is thinking.

In a soldier’s mind serving with honor means finishing your tour, even if you disagree with the way things are done. All bets are off if you serve with dishonor.

I do not refer to Bergdahl as a sergeant, even though he received “automatic” promotions while in the Taliban’s custody because according to law, after 30 days his rank and pay should have been stripped from him. Due to political pressure, his was not. In fact, he probably has over $200,000 in cash waiting in his bank account. In my opinion, this money should be given to the families of the soldiers who died in the aftermath of his desertion.

Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post. He served with dishonor. I know that firsthand. Our soldiers know that. They know they risk their lives every day. They don’t get a hero’s welcome from the White House, they get fewer meals (due to budget constraints) and less safety equipment (due to the drawdown).

Let me be perfectly clear. A Rose Garden Ceremony, a “hero’s welcome”, and automatic promotions to a person that deserted is nothing more than a slap in the face to every service member who has served honorably.

That, Mr. President and Mr. Hagel, is why soldiers aren’t clapping and applauding for you. That is why you have lost any remaining respect from the military community.

Gutfeld: Congratulations, radical Islam. You own terrorism

Gutfeld: Congratulations, radical Islam. You own terrorism



Islamic terror threat remains a global cancer

* * *

Global Terrorism and Islam, Tarek Fatah: Islamic Terrorism demands



NEW AGE ISLAM TV presents Canadian writer and advocate of a progressive and liberal Muslim identity Tarek Fatah. He is a frequent contributor to Canadian newspapers. His articles can also be read on www.NewAgeIslam.com. He delivered his lecture in a seminar organised by India Foundation in New Delhi on Global Terrorism and Islam, State and Non-State Actors.

Allowing Radical Islam into America, Politically Correct Jihad?

Allowing Radical Islam into America, Politically Correct Jihad?



Allowing Radical Islam into America, allowing Radical Islamic people to join our Military is Politically Correct but it is also stupid.

The American Jihadist: Eric Harroun In His Own Words



In July of 2013 American Eric Harroun travelled to Syria to fight against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. He would wind up arrested by the FBI on terrorism-related charges. This is Eric’s story in his own words.

The terrorists even al-Qaida considers too bloodthirsty

FROM JOSEPH FARAH’S G2 BULLETIN

The terrorists even al-Qaida considers too bloodthirsty

Top jihadists turn on each other

author-imageby F. Michael Maloof Email | Archive

F. Michael Maloof, staff writer for WND and G2Bulletin, is a former senior security policy analyst in the office of the secretary of defense.More ↓Less ↑
Editor’s Note: The following report is excerpted from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the premium online newsletter published by the founder of WND.
.
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has emerged as the chief rival to al-Qaida central led by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the successor to Osama bin Laden, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

ISIL is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or Sham), or ISIS.

The open rivalry between ISIL and al-Qaida pits jihadists against jihadists in Syria and Iraq, possibly spreading to other Middle East countries, as recently seen in Saudi Arabia itself.

The ISIL challenge also casts doubt in the minds of other jihadists on the effectiveness of Zawahiri’s leadership.

ISIL has threatened to take its war with al-Qaida’s designated group in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

The development comes after infighting between ISIL and al-Nusra in Syria flared into the open following a June 2013 statement by Zawahiri that ISIL had no affiliation with al-Nusra.

ISIL had sought to incorporate al-Nusra as part of its group, but even Zawahiri found ISIL to be too brutal in its tactics, killing members of rival Islamist jihadi groups as well as indiscriminately killing other Muslims.

Now, ISIL is threatening to go into Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and assassinate clerics who back al-Nusra.

The fighting between the two has intensified despite a recent order by Zawahiri to stop the bloodshed. Thousands of Islamic militants on both sides of the dispute in Syria have been killed.

In a recently released video, a group of arrested ISIL militants confessed to having direct links with Saudi Arabian authorities and claimed they had a role in a number of recent terrorist attacks in Iraqi provinces and in the cities of Karbala and Najaf.

This has prompted the Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, to declare war on ISIL and the other al-Qaida groups – all Sunni – due to the wave of new violence there.

The ISIL at one time had been a branch of al-Qaida in Iraq, under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq, led then by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who later was killed by the U.S.

Before his death, however, even Zarqawi didn’t believe that al-Qaida was violent enough and often ignored orders from bin Laden. That led some observers to believe that the U.S. was tipped off on Zarqawi’s whereabouts, which led to his house being bombed in June 2006 by a U.S. F-16.

Keep in touch with the most important breaking news stories about critical developments around the globe with Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the premium, online intelligence news source edited and published by the founder of WND.

© Copyright 1997-2013. All Rights Reserved. WND.com.