(IraqiNews.com) Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and North Africa released a statement that it rejects the declaration of the so-called caliphate of the organization of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and that fighters should pledge allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
A statement posted on social networking sites said that “We confirm that we still pledge allegiance to our Sheikh and our Emir Ayman, al-Zawahiri. This is the pledge of allegiance to Jihad for the liberation of Muslim countries, the Islamic Sharia arbitration and retrieving the caliphate on a platform of prophecy.”
The world’s leading Group website specialized in pursuing radical Islamists sites on the Internet said “the statement attributed to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb criticized al-Baghdadi because he did not consult with the Jihadi leaders.”
The organization of ISIS announced last month the caliphate on lands seized in Syria, during the rapid progress in parts of Iraq, ISIS declared “Ibrahim Awad al-Badri,” and nicknamed “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” Caliph of Muslims.
In a direct challenge to al-Qaeda, the leader of ISIS held the title of Caliph and sent a message calling on Muslims everywhere to join the jihad, and discharged from al-Qaeda.