THERE are growing fears ISIS and Al Qaeda will team up to create a global terror giant in the wake of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death.
Experts say the two could unite to take on the west and create a giant killing machine causing bloodshed and havoc across the world.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonated his own suicide vest during the targeted raid on his lair in Syria[/caption]
The warning comes from Dr Karin von Hippel, who is Director-General of the UK -based think tank Royal United Services Institute.
The expert served for more than five years in the US Department of State as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Counterterrorism.
And she believes it is worryingly significant that ISIS leader Baghdadi died in a region ruled over by his blood-thirsty rivals.
“They split in 2014 and.. I was struck by the fact he was hiding out in Al Qaeda territory in Syria,” she told Radio 4 today.
“It should have been hostile territory because the two split over significant differences.
ISIS fighters have now lost their leader and caliphate over the last 12 months[/caption]
However there are now growing fears they may join forces with Al Qaeda jihadis[/caption]
“They have killed each others leadership members and they have fundamental differences in their philosophies.
“What is concerning to many people is if Al Qaeda and ISIS have a rapprochement and come together that would be a much more lethal and frightening force to be dealing with in the future.”
ISIS first emerged as an offshoot of Al Qaeda following the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.
A decade later the two groups split following a bust up between rival leaders over ISIS’s plans to hastily set up a caliphate in the region.
Al Qaeda’s leaders have since declared they see ISIS as a “rogue element” and have described the terror cult as “bad muslims.”
However, the rivals are bound closely by numerous personal ties, often based on shared fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Many of the jihadis involved see themselves as brothers-in-arms and are not eager to choose sides in the war on the west.
Both are also reaching for the same funding sources and recruits, giving them an incentive to pursue similar paths.
The ideological similarities between Al Qaeda and ISIS are far greater than the differences, say regional experts.
And since the fall of its caliphate and now the death of Baghdadi, joining up with Al Qaeda may be the only chance of ISIS’s future survival.
Donald Trump told the world Baghdadi “died like a dog” when he blew himself up in a tunnel as he fled US special forces at the weekend.
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The President said the ISIS chief died “crying, whimpering and screaming and bringing three kids with him”.
However, Al Jazeera reporter Patty Culhane warned the US president’s “crass” rhetoric could “incite al-Baghdadi’s followers.”
She said “there’s some concern by Washington that this is not the kind of language that you want to use unless the goal is to really incite the people who followed him.”
The rubble of what was Baghdadi’s house is inspected after his death[/caption]
Al Qaeda were behind the 9/11 terror attacks which shocked the world[/caption]