Jihadi reactions to the ISIS caliphate declaration

A quick roundup of reactions to the new IS caliphate from the first few days of its existence.

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  1. On 29 June 2014, ISIS released an audio statement in which spokesperson Abu Muhammad al-Adnani declared a caliphate with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the caliph.
  2. It also renamed itself the Islamic State (IS) and took a new flag:
  3. Not surprisingly, there was widespread support and celebration in IS's heartland:
  4. But how would the outside world react?
  5. A couple of minor groups in the Syrian theatre responded by pledging allegiance:
  6. There were also reports of support from "pro-Isis circles" abroad, notably in Libya:
  7. MEMRI has an excellent roundup of solidarity statements by Islamists in the West:
  8. Somewhat more significantly, there was a declaration of support from one faction of AQIM:
  9. Two figures associated with AQAP in Yemen also pledged allegiance to IS:
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