Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen — al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — strongly rebuked ISIS in a video released Friday, declaring ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s declaration of an Islamic caliphate to be illegitimate.

The statement, delivered by one of AQAP’s top clerics — Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari — is a significant setback to ISIS efforts to assume leadership of the global jihadist movement a week after groups in Egypt and Libya joined the ISIS fold.

ISIS and al Qaeda’s top leadership in Pakistan had a bitter falling out earlier this year, and al Qaeda and ISIS fighters have been fighting each other in Syria, but AQAP had until now stayed above the fray, calling for both sides to reconcile and pool resources to strike the United States.

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