An attorney who represents some of the biggest names in the al Qaeda terror group has revealed that even they are uncomfortable with the rise of the Islamic State and are “disturbed” by the group’s behavior.

In an interview with West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center, Bernard Kleinman talked at length about his time representing clients such as Ramzi Yousef, one of the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Wadih el-Hage, who helped with the 1998 East Africa bombings.

Kleinman has also assisted the defense team of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

According to Kleinman, the al Qaeda operatives he has spoken with believe that ISIS has been corrupting Islam, an interesting claim given that many moderate Muslims would likely level that same charge at al Qaeda. Founded by Osama bin Laden, the terror group has carried out assassinations, bombings in Africa, and the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, that have resulted in the death of thousands of innocent people.

 

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