Taliban vs. Al Qaeda

In his first interview with a western newspaper, Qari Zainuddin said he had mobilised 3,000 armed followers to attempt to wipe out the feared warlord, Baitullah Mehsud, and drive his al-Qaeda supporters from Pakistan…

“To fight our own country is wrong,” said Mr Zainuddin, guarded by Kalashnikov-carrying followers. “Islam doesn’t give permission to fight against a Muslim country. This is where we differ (with Baitullah). What we’re seeing these days, these bombings in mosques, in markets, in hospitals; these are not allowed in Islam. We don’t agree with them.”