July 1, 2014

ISIS 'Caliph' Must Be Desperate

Fred Kaplan, Slate

The Associated Press

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, the militia that has overrun much of northern and western Iraq in recent days, may be on the brink of sputtering out.

Exhibit A: This past Sunday, the first day of Ramadan, the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared himself the “caliph”—the holy leader—of a new Islamic state and ordered all Muslims, not just in the region but worldwide, to pay obeisance to him and to no other Muslim leader.

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TAGGED: ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria, Islamic Caliphate

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