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The Threat of the New Caliphate

10/08/2014 | by Shay, Shaul (Dr.)  

The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) declared the areas that it captured in Iraq and Syria to be an Islamic state, or caliphate. To mark its declaration, the group shortened its name to the Islamic State and proclaimed its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State and the Caliph for Muslims everywhere.

Muslim scholars and movements from across the Sunni Islamic spectrum have rejected the caliphate declared by the Islamic State since its claim to the caliphate could pose a “threat” to Al-Qaeda and significantly impact the international jihadist movement as therewould now be “two competing international jihadist representatives, Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State”.

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