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ISIS leaders declare that territory taken in Syria and Iraq is now a ‘caliphate’

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, June 29, 2014 13:51 EDT
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Iraqi Turkmen pose with their weapons as they get ready to fight against militants led by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (AFP)
 
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Jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq announced Sunday the establishment of an “caliphate”, referring to the system of rule that ended nearly 100 years ago with the fall of the Ottomans.

In an audio recording distributed online, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) declared its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “the caliph” and “leader for Muslims everywhere”.

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