(Reuters) ISIL is talking to Al-Qaeda about a possible alliance as Iraqi troops close in on ISIL terrorists in Mosul, Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi said in an interview on Monday.

Allawi said he got the information Monday from Iraqi and regional contacts knowledgeable about Iraq.

“The discussion has started now,” Allawi said. “There are discussions and dialogue between messengers representing Baghdadi and representing Zawahiri,” referring to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of Al-Qaeda.

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ISIL split from Al-Qaeda in 2014 and the two groups have since waged an acrimonious battle for recruits, funding and the mantle of global extremism.

It is unclear how exactly the two group may work together, Allawi said.

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  1. ISIS is nothing else than AQ Iraqi’s branch that split off as Zarqawi was willing to create an AQ country and thought that OBL/Zawahiri were too pussy.
    It’s the same shitdeology and the same scum, unfortunately, I fear they won’t have too much troubles at working together :/

      • Even if some AQ offshoots praise the entry of Turkey in the islamist world with the rigged referendum, AQ is in serious troubles in Syria too. They compete only to whom will spread its caliphate the fastest but they’re on the same crappy boat and sail in the same direction. They’ll soon all bow to sultan Erdolf, sieg heil!