It seems that al-Qaeda is suffering from an image crisis. Why would they want to be like ISIS? Is it because the constant military pressure on it has limited its ability to conduct large scale attacks? Apparently, they have been bombed back in to the Stone Age. Now their only recourse seems to be to imitate ISIS who already operates from there. The barbarism al Qaeda and ISIS are practicing keeps seeking lower and lower levels of gruesomeness. Now al-Qaeda is espousing assassinations as a tool they are willing to use.
As Written By Sigurd Neubauer, Al Arabiya English:
Five years after al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed by US Special Forces, the terrorist group seems to be temporarily shifting its tactics away from primarily focusing on large scale attacks.
While the statement clearly underscores that al-Qaeda remains committed to waging war on America, by calling for lone wolf attacks the group may have temporarily lost its ability to carry out large scale operations as those executed in London and Madrid following its signature 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.