Fighters in Syria allied with al-Qaeda have published their second edition of a glossy English-language magazine with the goal “to show the world that we, the Mujahideen, are largely misunderstood and that we are not whom they are made to think we are.”
Jabhat al-Nusra released the first issue of their periodical, Al-Risalah, back around the Fourth of July. ISIS issued a refutation of the magazine’s claims after that debut.
Their new issue, which has the same feel as the Inspire magazine from their al-Qaeda cousins in Yemen, appears determined to reflect a different tone than ISIS — while drawing Western recruits to their side instead of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s forces. The competition between the jihadi groups is reflected on a daily basis by everything from social media rumors to online published testimonials from Westerners who started with one group and defected to the other.
Al-Risalah argues that the image of the mujahedin has “been tarnished by the Western media (and sell out scholars), therefore, it is one of our aims to repair the damage done and to set things right.”
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