Former Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi told Reuters that Al-Qaeda and ISIS may be working together, or trying to find ways in which the two organizations would be able to join forces. When pressed for where he received this information, he refused to name any sources. However, he mentioned that he received his information from contacts within the region where the two terror groups are known to operate.
“I don’t know exactly when, but there are discussions and dialogues between messengers,” Allawi said to reporters.
Al Qaeda has been very critical of the Islamic State and has even gone as far as refusing to recognize them in Iraq and Syria. Al Qaeda also does not condone the ways in which they attack civilians, and do not focus the totality of their forces on attacks against military personnel.
The Islamic State has lost nearly all the territory it once held in Mosul, and continues to lose land in Syria to YPG (Kurdish Forces) and SDF (Syrian Defense Forces) daily. The YPG and U.S. Advisors are currently engaged in massive land skirmishes around the de facto second capital of the Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria, located on the northeast banks of the Euphrates river, and east of Aleppo.