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u/mystikalhereigo · 21 pointsr/syriancivilwar

Different leadership. IS claims to be the true heir to Bin Laden. They claim Zawarhi was corrupt. This goes back to Zarqawi vs Zawarhi. However, Bin Laden didn't like Zarqawi.

Zarqawi was considered to violent. AQ is more pragmatic and slightly less bloodthirsty. AQ doesn't target shia's and usually tries to avoid civilian casualties in general.

9/11 for example was voted down by the AQ Shura council. KSM and Bin Laden went against the Shura council completely. AQ's shura council didn't like the embassy bombings either.

Bin Laden was a narcissist that didn't listen to advice, very similar to Zarqawi.

You should check out this book, its fascinating and covers it all:

https://www.amazon.com/Exile-Stunning-Inside-Story-Flight/dp/1620409844

u/gonzolegend · 10 pointsr/syriancivilwar

What an incoherent rant.

First of all an American moaning about another countries "highest execution rates" "official propaganda" and jailing "critical opposition" is a joke you seem not to be self aware enough to get.

Top five countries for per captia executions are

  1. China
  2. Iran
  3. Saudi Arabia
  4. Iraq
  5. United States

    In my view you are all as barbaric as each other in this respect. US (number 5 in executions) has no high horse it can climb onto regarding Iran (number 2 in executions).

    Getting back on topic, these Bin Laden documents. Most Arabic speaking commentators who have read it question some of the basic claims. Professor Asad Abu Khalil has a good summary here.

    The supposed "Bin Laden Journal" has a number of problems. Firstly it is clearly written in different handwriting, sometimes even a single page has different Arabic handwriting.

    The language is also using a wide range. Some pages are clearly written by a religious person with constant references to God in almost every line, while others seem to be more secular and without religious remarks at all.

    Thirdly the "Bin Laden Journal" is not really a journal. People who read it claim its more a collection of transcripts from meetings, where topics like the Arab Spring and Al Jaazera are discussed.

    > That's pathetic. "W-We didn't collude with Al-Qaeda! Y-You did!"

    Everyone and their mother knows it was Saudi Arabia who was up to their knees with Al Qaeda before 9-11. Iran's statement:

    > Iran can't whitewash role of US allies in 9/11

    Is obviously true.

    Iran has had some talks with actors in the Jihadi scene, probably for pragmatic reasons like ensuring safety of Shia's in Afghanistan. The Exile, which I'm currently reading, thanks to a recomendation from /u/mystikalhereigo goes into this, but I'm only halfway through.
u/theskyisblueatnight · 5 pointsr/syriancivilwar

My information comes from the book below. The authors interview bin laden's family and associates about their lives following the Sept 11th. It also talks about Iran assisting the US in the months after Sept 11th.
https://www.amazon.com/Exile-Stunning-Inside-Story-Flight/dp/1620409844

Here is a good book review
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/01/exile-review-osama-bin-laden-al-qaida