Smoke raises behind an Islamic State flag after Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters took control of Saadiya in Diyala province from Islamist State militants (REUTERS/Stringer).

Opinion

Baghdadi vs. Zawahri: Battle for Global Jihad

November 24, 2014, Bruce Riedel

Islamic State and al Qaeda heads Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Ayman al-Zawahri are battling for leadership of the global jihad movement, argues Bruce Riedel. Baghdadi has taken the offensive and targeted key groups in Egypt, Libya, Algeria, and Pakistan, and Zawahri is playing the long game, maintaining the loyalty of important al Qaeda franchises and expanding into the Indian subcontinent, Riedel explains. Each may attempt to burnish his credentials further through a spectacular attack on America, Riedel writes.

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