Al Qaida - Internal Dispute

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In summary, Lawrence Wright's article discusses how al-Qaida is at war with itself and how this development could have implications for the reduction of terrorism.
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This is a rather interesting development and it will be interesting to see where it goes. I guess this is good news?

Al-Qaida at War with Itself, Author Says
Al-Qaida is at war. And not just against the West, but with itself, says Lawrence Wright, . . . .

"It's very profound in the radical edge of it," says Wright, who explores the ideological rift for an article in next week's New Yorker magazine. "Before, moderate Muslims have spoken out against violence in the name of Islam, but now radicals are doing the same thing. And what's fascinating is that they're attacking on two grounds: One is that [violence is] not practical because it hasn't achieved their purposes. And secondly, it's sinful. It is placing the souls of the people who commit this violence in great jeopardy."

. . . . Sayyed Imam Al-Sharif, also known as Dr. Fadl. Sharif, who wrote al-Qaida's manual for jihad training, recently released a manifesto refuting those principles.

The fact that al-Qaida's architect has changed his mind, Wright says, makes violence "harder to justify using that kind of thinking."

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. . . . They're clearly losing in Iraq. Their popularity all across the Muslim world is plummeting because Muslims are the main victims. And people are beginning to question the use of violence not only in the case of al-Qaida but even in resistance movements in Palestine."
Seems like there is an opportunity to reduce terrorism if groups like Al Qaida, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hezbollah, and others renounce violence.
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why would terrorists renounce violence?
and yes, I agree, they are recognized as terrorist groups in the modest side of the ME. And don't get me wrong, we also recognize Israel and the US in Iraq as terrorists as well.
There's no innocent side here.
We should not feed the beast with threads that encourage biasness and one-side judgments.
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AhmedEzz said:
why would terrorists renounce violence?
Because it may be in their political interests to do so.

Why did the IRA disarm? Why did Qaddafi renounce violence? Why did Musharraf strike at jihadi groups?

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