Yemeni protesters carry mock Qassam rockets shouting slogans during a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, on August 9, 2014, in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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An influential Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen has praised the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) for its "victories in Iraq" but without pledging allegiance to its self-proclaimed "caliph" or leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Rubaish is considered to be the religious affairs chief of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen-based franchise of the jihadist network, formed in a 2009 merger of its Saudi and Yemeni branches.However, Rubaish held back from giving his support to Baghdadi, who at the end of June proclaimed the establishment of a caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria, with himself as "leader for Muslims everywhere".
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