via Armed clashes between pro-ISIS and pro-Al Qaeda factions in Sinai – DEBKAfile

DEBKAfile’s counter-terrorism sources report a major falling-out among factions of the Islamist terrorist movement fighting the Egyptian army in Sinai Armed clashes erupted in recent days in the peninsula’s central region between loyalists of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and factions which have declared allegiance to Al Qaeda. A hitherto unknown group calling itself Jund al-Islam announced that its fighters had attacked ISIS forces, calling them “Al-Baghdadi’s Kharjites” (infidels), A leaflet calls on ISIS commanders in Sinai to surrender or stand trial before a religious court for “crimes against Muslims.”
DEBKAfile adds: The revolt against ISIS comes from a group of local Bedouin tribal elders, who are up in arms over the influx through Jordan of scores of Islamic State officers, who are on the run from defeats in Syria and Iraq and are trying to take over the Sinai jihadist movement.

via Armed clashes between pro-ISIS and pro-Al Qaeda factions in Sinai – DEBKAfile

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