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7/13/2014 (1 year ago)

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Taliban calls for council of jihad factions to share same vision

It's an extraordinary gesture, suggesting that ISIS is overstepping the line a bit in its assault on Iraq. No less than the Taliban militants in Afghanistan are warning ISIS insurgents fighting in Iraq to "avoid extremism" in a plea for unity among jihadists. The Taliban in Afghanistan, never known for its mercy on unarmed civilians - in particular young girls who desire an education, may have just provided an example of the old saying of "the kettle calling the pot black."

The Afghan Taliban has urged the Sunni faction, which has been waging a bloody insurgency against Shi'ite Muslim groups in Iraq, to avoid 'distrusting' other Islamist groups.

The Afghan Taliban has urged the Sunni faction, which has been waging a bloody insurgency against Shi'ite Muslim groups in Iraq, to avoid "distrusting" other Islamist groups.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

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7/13/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Taliban, jihadists, Afghanistan, ISIS

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Afghan Taliban has urged the Sunni faction, which has been waging a bloody insurgency against Shi'ite Muslim groups in Iraq, to avoid "distrusting" other Islamist groups.

In addition, commanders of the AL-Qaeda-linked group also pleaded with the fighters of ISIS, which recently declared an Islamic "Caliphate" in its captured territory, to respect the rule of law.

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ISIS had originally begun life as an offshoot of AL-Qaeda, but was disowned by the global terror network after bolstering its strength by merging with other groups in Syria.

On the Afghan Taliban's Web site, a call for unity was declared last week. The announcement did not name ISIS directly, but clearly referred to the group, who are now thought to be the world's most powerful jihadists.

"It is worthy for a shurah (consultation) council to be formed from the leaders of all the jihadi factions and the distinguished people among the experts and the scholars in Sham (Syria) in order to solve their conflicts," the message in Arabic read.

"Muslims also should avoid extremism in religion, and judging others without evidence, and distrusting one another.

"They should avoid conflict and dispute, and not think their opinions are better than others. Mercy and compassion should prevail," the message concluded.

ISIS announced on June 29 that it had renamed itself the Islamic State and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi their "Caliph," or head of state. The group formerly known as ISIS had fallen out with AL-Qaeda over its expansion into Syria, where it has carried out beheadings, crucifixions and mass executions.

SIS has overrun the Iraqi city of Mosul and advanced towards the capital Baghdad in recent weeks. In Syria, ISIS has captured territory in the north and east, along the border with Iraq.

Taliban spokesmen in both Pakistan and Afghanistan declined to comment on al-Baghdadi's claim to be the global leader of all Muslims. The Afghan and Pakistani Taliban are separate, but allied.

Some commanders have privately said that they did not want to anger AL-Qaeda, whom they considered a long-time ally in the fight against NATO troops in the region.


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