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Al-Qaeda leader asks supporters to reject ISIS, support Taliban

FILE PHOTO - Al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahri speaks from an unknown location, in this still image taken from video uploaded on a social media website June 8, 2011.      Social Media Website/File Photo   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE.
FILE PHOTO - Al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahri speaks from an unknown location, in this still image taken from video uploaded on a social media website June 8, 2011. Social Media Website/File Photo ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE.

Kabul: Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda terrorist network, has called on supporters to reject the ISIS terrorist group and support the Taliban group in Afghanistan.

Al-Zawahiri made the call in a video titled ‘Be Not Divided Among Yourselves’, reportedly published on Sunday.

In the video, he said that world’s Muslims should “rally around the emirate” in what is a reference to the Afghan Taliban, reports the Khaama Press.

Both Taliban group and the loyalists of ISIS terrorist group have been fighting for more than a year in Afghanistan in a bid to increase its area of dominance and gain prominence by enforcing their respective strict interpretation of Islam.

According to reports, in recent weeks the Taliban group and the loyalists of the Islamic State have reached to an agreement for a truce.

The truce has been called as the Afghan forces as well as the U.S. forces in the country have stepped up raids during the recent months.

The U.S. President Barack Obama also granted broader role to its forces in the country to conduct raids against the ISIS and Taliban militants. (ANI)

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