"Sharif recently gave an electrifying foretaste of his conversion by condemning killings on the basis of nationality and colour of skin and the targeting of women and children, citing the Qur'anic injunction: "Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress the limits; for God loveth not transgressors." Armed operations were wrong, counterproductive and must cease, he declared sternly.
Zawahiri, evidently rattled, rounded sarcastically on him in a video message broadcast after Sharif's statement - faxed from Torah prison to an Arabic newspaper - announced not only his change of heart but a book-length repudiation endorsed by hundreds of other former militants, and which is due to be published soon."
Other former jihadists are coming to the same conclusion.
A lot of this may be prompted by ordinary Muslims rejecting the terrorists.
What we must all bear in mind is that there is still a huge number of would be bombers out there. More importantly, suicide bombers and other types of terrorist attacks are but one method of jihad. Just because jihadists maybe abondoning one tactic doesn't mean the war is over - not at all.