Obviously, after all the “scholarly” effort Ayman Zawahiri put in legitimizing suicide bombings, al-Qaeda will be damned if it lets some mufti undermine it. “Algeria: Al-Qaeda mufti ‘sacked for opposing suicide attacks,'” from Adnkronos, October 8:
Algiers, 8 Oct. (AKI) – The leader of Al-Qaeda’s North African branch has sacked its Islamic scholar or mufti, Rashid Zerami, for opposing suicide bombings in Algeria, local daily Ennahar reports.
Zerami clashed over the issue with the Al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb’s leader, Abdel Malik Droukedel, Ennahar said.
The paper cited the testimony of an unnamed Al-Qaeda turncoat who is now in police custody.
Besides the use of suicide bombers, Droukedel and Zerami also clashed over Al-Qaeda’s recent strategy of kidnapping Algerian businessmen or their relatives to obtain a ransom, especially in the northern coastal Kabylia area.
Droukedel has replaced Zerami with Abu Asim, a former leader of the hardline Algerian Salafite Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which in 2006 joined the Al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb.
Zerami, also known as Abu al-Hasan al-Rashid headed Al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb’s religious committee and was in charge of armed combat.