CTC Sentinel

About the CTC Sentinel

The Sentinel is a monthly, independent publication that leverages the Center’s global network of scholars and practitioners to understand and confront contemporary threats posed by terrorism and other forms of political violence.

Most Recent CTC Sentinel | Volume 7, Issue 3 (March 2014)

Published by Combating Terrorism Center

Cover Story Overview

The War of Jihadists Against Jihadists in Syria
By Nelly Lahoud and Muhammad al-`Ubaydi

On February 2, 2014, al-Qa`ida released a statement declaring that “it has no connection” with the “group” called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The statement further highlighted that al-Qa`ida was not responsible for founding the ISIL and was not privy to the deliberations that led to its establishment. That is why, the statement continued, “The ISIL is not a branch of al-Qa`ida, the latter is not bound by organizational ties to it and is not responsible for the ISIL’s actions.” This article discusses the context of the statement, its significance, its impact on the jihadist landscape and concludes by assessing its potential consequences on Ayman al-Zawahiri’s leadership. It finds that al-Zawahiri’s once symbolic leadership over various jihadist groups is now undermined, and the ISIL has clearly emerged as a rival of al-Qa`ida. The article also finds that the Syrian arena, and potentially the Iraqi landscape, will serve as the war of jihadists against jihadists as a result of the public schism between the ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra.

CTC Sentinel Staff

Editor-in-Chief
Erich Marquardt

Editorial Board
COL Cindy R. Jebb, Ph.D.
Department Head
Department of Social Sciences (West Point)

COL Suzanne Nielsen, Ph.D.
Deputy Department Head
Department of Social Sciences (West Point)

MAJ Bryan Price, Ph.D.
Director, CTC

Submission Guidelines

The CTC Sentinel is a monthly publication that seeks to provide understanding of contemporary threats posed by terrorism and other forms of political violence. The CTC Sentinel welcomes unsolicited submissions and article pitches. Prospective contributors should review the CTC Sentinel's archives to acquire context on the topics of interest to the journal.

Submissions should be between 1500-2000 words. Footnotes are not included in the word count. All submissions should be sent with the author's contact information, as well as the author's relevant experience and recent publications. The CTC Sentinel will assume that the submission is being offered exclusively and has not been published in any form elsewhere.

Submissions should be mailed to sentinel@usma.edu.

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