ISIS Declares the Caliphate: An Analysis

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) has declared a Caliphate in the territory it claims to control.  The leader of the group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has taken the title “Caliph Ibrahim” and, henceforth, ISIS will be known simply as the “Islamic State.” This is a momentous occasion for the jihadi-salafist movement, since the creation of a Caliphate is one of the stated goals of extremist groups around the Muslim-majority world.

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The "Comical Caliphate"

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Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) spokesman Abu Muhammad al-‘Adnani’s 34-minute speech titled “This is the Promise of Allah”—which declares ISIS as Caliphate under the name “Islamic State,” along with ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s status as the Caliph—has reignited the recently quieted conflict between ISIS, al-Qaeda (AQ), and AQ’s Syrian branch, al-Nusra Front.

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Pro-Hezbollah Forum Members Fear Spillover from Iraq Conflict

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Pro-Hezbollah forum members debated the effects of the crisis in Iraq and its potential spillover into Lebanon. In a thread entitled "The Danger That Has Struck Iraq Will Threaten the Neighboring Countries and Especially Lebanon," started on June 12, 2014, forum member Seraaj al-Janoob referred to Former Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnaan Mansour’s statement on the situation in Iraq, warning "of sleeper cells, and their support basins, that suddenly awaken to cause a destructive effect on the ground."

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Jihadists Intensify Twitter Campaign Warning U.S. Against Iraq Intervention

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Days after launching a campaign to direct threats to the U.S. in the event it intervenes in Iraq against the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), jihadists on Twitter have intensified their efforts, suggesting targets and inciting Muslims to act.

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Assessing the ISIS - al-Qaeda Split: The Origins of the Dispute

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In my first post on the quarrel between al-Qaeda and ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham), I laid out the depth of the problem facing al-Qaeda. In this post, I’ll take a brief look back at the origins and root causes of the disagreement between the two groups as well as the appeals that are being made by ISIS and al-Qaeda in their attempts to convince other jihadist groups to support them. 

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