CAIRO - Al-Qaeda's leader called on fighters to determine who killed his chief representative in Syria, a man many militant groups believe died at the hands of a rival militia, in a move that highlighted a conflict between rebels that has killed hundreds.
In a thinly veiled criticism of the breakaway Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant organization, Ayman al-Zawahri called the killing of Abu Khaled al-Suri an act of "sedition" that should be handled in accordance with Islamic law.
"All Muslims should not help anybody who blows up the headquarters of the holy fighters, or who sends them car bombs and human bombs," he said in a recorded message posted on militant websites late Friday, referring to the Islamic State's tactic of attacking rival rebels with bombings.
"Whoever commits such sins, should remember that he is fulfilling for the enemies of Islam what they were unable to achieve on their own." (AP)