Iraq’s Vice President Ayad Allawi said that he received information from his contacts in Iraq and the region that Al Qaeda and ISIS are exchanging ideas on the possibility to join their forces.
The Vice President refused to give any further details but said: “I don’t know exactly when, but there are discussions and dialogues between messengers.” According to Allawi the leaders of the two terrorist groups Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS, and Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda, are exchanging messages through intermediaries.
Last month, Iraq’s prime minister asked for more help from the international forces to combat the two terrorist groups and the prospect of the two joining forces may bring more military aid.
Some analysts, though, believe that no alliance is possible between the two rival terror groups since they compete with another for fighters, money and other resources. Also, since ISIS split from Al Qaeda in 2014 each is trying to establish itself as the true leader of the Islamic jihadist cause.
Besides, Al Qaeda doesn’t recognize ISIS’s self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria and earlier this year their leader even criticized ISIS for their violent attacks, that include beheading of civilians.