A rumor has surfaced about a potential split in the Islamic State. Asharq al-Awsat, a Saudi-owned, London-based newspaper with a mixed reputation for reliability, issued a report that the IS group in Syria and the one in Iraq have divided and might be moving to separation. The source of this report was a tribal leader in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. The leader speculated on the emergence of two groups creating two separate states. According to him a prominent Iraqi IS leader clashed with Abu Bakr al-Baghadhi and had expressed both resentment of the marginalization of the Iraq-based leadership by Syrian leaders, and also apparent lack of support for operations inside of Iraq. The Iraqis felt that the both strategic and tactical decisions are being made by Syrians, without regards to the reality and needs of the the Iraqi wing of the movement. Another dimension has to do with mistreatment of Iraqi tribes by non-Iraqi or Arab IS leaders, which is undermining support for IS in Iraq. For ex
Evaluating a Rumor About Islamic State
Dec. 5, 2015 A rumor has surfaced about a potential split in the Islamic State.