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article imageWorld has newest nation: ISIS caliphate

By Robert Weller     Jun 29, 2014 in Politics
Tikrit - The world now has 197 nations after the breakaway al-Qaeda faction in Iraq fulfilled its pledge and created a caliphate.
It could even declare Tikrit, Sadam Hussein’s hometown, as its capital though it would probably be safer to make it mobile.
USA Today said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, spokesman for the “nation-state,” said the shadowy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains its leader. Residents in areas under its control were urged to swear allegiance to al-Baghdadi and support him.
Adnani made an audio file available to the Wall Street Journal. "We have had all the requirements of the Islamic state like fundraising, almsgiving, penalties, and prayers and still have only one thing which is the caliphate. The legality of all emirates, groups, states, and organizations, becomes null by the expansion of the caliph's authority and arrival of its troops to their areas."
Given the group’s frequent use of social media a declaration was likely on Twitter or Facebook soon. By late Sunday evening a search could not find it. Perhaps orthodox Muslims were staying away from electronics on the first day of Ramadan.
Later the group issued a statement.
The breathtaking assault of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and its compatratiot, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, have shown that 11 years of US involvement in Iraq achieved little but cost a lot of blood.
"The Islamic State's announcement made it clear that it would perceive any group that failed to pledge allegiance an enemy of Islam," said Brookings Institution analyst Charles Lister said. "Already, this new Islamic State has received statements of support and opposition from jihadist factions in Syria."
He added, "This could well be the birth of a totally new era of transnational jihadism,” not much solace for those who didn’t like the last one.
Muhanad Saif al-Din, who lives in Tikrit, told the Journal it had become a ghost town.
He said, "The few people who remain are afraid of possible revenge acts by Shiite militiamen who are accompanying the army. We are peaceful civilians, and we do not want to be victims of this struggle."
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