The IS leader’s secret talks to establish an Islamic empire

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec12,2023 #establish #Islamic
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Self-proclaimed Islamic State leader IS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In a recent interview with Slate magazine, Abu Ahmad, a former member of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), recounted a secret meeting between supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and commanders of groups.

Amad was born in a town in northern Syria to a conservative Sunni family.

When the uprising turned into civil war in 2012, Ahmad decided to join a rebel group made up mainly of Syrians and some foreign fighters from Europe and Central Asia.

In early April 2013, Ahmad saw a dark brown car stop in front of the headquarters of Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen (MSM), a Syrian rebel group led by Abu al-Atheer, in the town of Kafr Hamra,

The car had no outstanding features, combined with the lack of enhanced security, causing Ahmad to pay little attention to the four men, including one wearing a hood and a long beard sitting in the car.

Since 2010, Baghdadi has been the `leader` of the Islamic State in Iraq (ISI), a pro-al-Qaeda organization in this country.

By early 2013, ISI and Nusra were still working together.

Over the course of five days, inside MSM headquarters, Baghdadi conferred with a group of key rebel commanders in Syria.

The IS leader's secret talks to establish an Islamic empire

Gunmen belonging to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS).

After several discussions, on April 8, 2013, Baghdadi announced that his organization had expanded to Syria, and all jihad groups there, including Nusra, were under the control of this organization.

However, al-Baghdadi’s ambition to seize power encountered a major obstacle.

To reassure him, Baghdadi lied that he was acting on orders from al-Zawahiri.

Ultimately, these rebel commanders agreed to follow Baghdadi if the new organization cooperated fully with Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham, another radical Islamist group in Syria.

Next, Baghdadi announced his intention to establish an Islamic state in Syria, because Muslims needed to have their own land to `work and conquer the world`.

But some participants in the meeting objected vehemently, saying that al-Qaeda has not openly controlled any land for a long time, and that establishing a public `state` would make it easier for enemies to

Baghdadi again argued to convince them that a `state` would be a home for Muslims from around the world.

Next, each commander of rebel groups in Syria stood before Baghdadi and swore allegiance.

See more: The Black Devil Army – IS’s nightmare on the Iraqi battlefield.

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