- Category: Broadcast News
- Published on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 15:34
The leader of Islamic State is in talks with Al-Qaeda about a possible alliance, RT News quotes Iraq’s Vice President Ayad Allawi as saying, citing information from Iraqi and other regional sources.
“The discussion has started now… There are discussions and dialogue between messengers representing Baghdadi and representing Zawahiri,” Allawi told Reuters, adding that it is currently unclear how exactly the two groups may operate together. Although IS has been pushed out of the part of Mosul that lies east of the Tigris River, it still controls the towns of Qaim, Hawija and Tal Afar in Iraq, as well as its de facto capital in Syria, Raqqa. Even if IS loses all territory in Iraq, it won't automatically cease to exist, Allawi noted. “I can’t see ISIS disappearing into thin air,” Allawi said. “They will remain covertly in sleeping cells, spreading their venom all over the world.”