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Al-Qaeda's Strongest Affiliate Just Told ISIS To Shove It

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has no allegiance to ISIS, according to a video the group released on Friday.

Posted on November 21, 2014, at 12:51 p.m. ET

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Shiek Harith al-Nadhari, a senior AQAP leader

Last week, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the man the group has proclaimed the head of their self-proclaimed caliphate, issued an audio recording announcing the expansion of the militant group's control.

In the recording, released in the aftermath of rumors that he had been killed or wounded in a U.S. airstrike, Baghdadi declared "the expansion of the Islamic State to new lands, to the lands of al Haramain [meaning Saudi Arabia] and [to] Yemen, and to Egypt, Libya and Algeria."

That announcement was the latest in a string of moves that ISIS has taken over the last year to challenge al-Qaeda for supremacy in the jihadi movement. ISIS itself was once known as al-Qaeda in Iraq before the two groups publicly severed ties earlier this year.

Now, the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) — who the United States believes to be the most dangerous of al-Qaeda's off-shoots — is fighting back. On Friday it issued a half-hour long video denouncing Baghdadi's announcement.

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Today, by the grace of Allah swt,AQAP made its situation clear as crystal regarding the issue of IS khilafa: "IT'S NOT A LEGITIMATE KHILAFA"

مهند غلاب@infogainer1Follow

Today, by the grace of Allah swt,AQAP made its situation clear as crystal regarding the issue of IS khilafa:

"IT'S NOT A LEGITIMATE KHILAFA"

10:49 AM - 21 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In the video, Shiek Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari — a senior leader in AQAP and the "purported spiritual guide" of the group — said ISIS' expansionism is "driving a wedge" among jihadi groups.

Nadhari also completely disavowed the notion that al-Baghdadi is the head of a new caliphate. "They revoked the legitimacy of all the Islamic groups across the Islamic world .... and drove a wedge among Mujahedeen ranks by collecting allegiances from within the Jihadi groups," he said. "They announced the expansion of their caliphate in a number of countries in which they have no mandate."

"The announcement of the caliphate for all Muslims by our brothers in the Islamic State did not meet the required conditions," Nadhari continued, according to a translation from SITE, a group that tracks extremism online. He also renewed AQAP's oath of loyalty to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri and Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

But AQAP didn't completely disavow all of ISIS' actions — just the ones that run counter to al-Qaeda's dominance.

@KatieZimmerman AQAP gave support to IS in its fighting against crusaders & Shiite, but not against Muslims including jihadi groups in sham

مهند غلاب@infogainer1Follow

@KatieZimmerman

AQAP gave support to IS in its fighting against crusaders & Shiite, but not against Muslims including jihadi groups in sham

11:43 AM - 21 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Supporters of ISIS on Twitter were less than pleased with AQAP's announcement.

#PT Yeah, let's ignore what all the classical scholars told us, and follow new bidaah being made up by AQ every other month.

Shami Witness@ShamiWitnessFollow

#PT Yeah, let's ignore what all the classical scholars told us, and follow new bidaah being made up by AQ every other month.

10:54 AM - 21 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

AQAP and moderate "muslims" have the same view on the Caliphate. This should make you more sure that the Caliphate is on the truth.

Abu Bakr Al 3raqi@dodo1924dFollow

AQAP and moderate "muslims" have the same view on the Caliphate. This should make you more sure that the Caliphate is on the truth.

8:03 AM - 21 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

After every new AQ release notice the IS supporters grow in numbers instead of opposite. AQ is doing IS big favor by exposing itself more

عمر اللمتوني@LamtouniOmarFollow

After every new AQ release notice the IS supporters grow in numbers instead of opposite. AQ is doing IS big favor by exposing itself more

10:46 AM - 21 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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