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Al Qaeda leader: Group fought alongside US-backed forces

Al Qaeda militants (above) "fight along all Muslims in Yemen," Rimi said.

CAIRO — The leader of Al Qaeda's branch in Yemen said that his militants have often fought alongside Yemeni government factions — remarks that could embarrass the US-backed coalition fighting the impoverished Arab country's Shi'ite rebels.

Qasim al-Rimi leads the group known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, considered by Washington to be the most dangerous offshoot of the global terror network.


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