ISIS Declares Caliphate In Syria And Iraq

ISIS caliphate
ISIS declares caliphate – those little derrick symbols represent oil fields.

Osama bin Laden’s vision of a Muslim caliphate in the Middle East is now a reality, thanks in large part to the USA. On Sunday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) pronounced the reformation of the caliphate—the historical Islamic state that once stretched over much of the modern-day Muslim world—with ISIS emir Abu Bakr al Baghdadi as the man in charge.

DSWright on FDL:

Al Qaeda’s strategy of trying to force a US overreaction with the 9/11 attack has proved considerably successful in destabilizing the regional regimes that opposed establishing a caliphate and promulgating fundamentalist Islamic law. …12 million people are estimated to live under the control of ISIS already and if the now declared caliphate continues its expansion it could be considerably more.

…Apparently using the US military to topple secular leaders did little to thwart the rise of Islamic extremism. In fact, it seems to have had the opposite effect.

Add to the “no one could have anticipated…” file. Which is getting pretty thick by now.

More info:
ISIS Declares Themselves an Islamic State
The Beginning of a Caliphate: The Spread of ISIS, in Five Maps

UPDATES:
According to Bill Roggio of the Long War Journal, the proclamation of a caliphate was “a controversial move that is sure to send shockwaves throughout the jihadist world.”

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on July 1, 2014 - 7:23 pm

    MSNBC seems to be, if not beating, at least tapping the war drums. The theme is: Americans are too complacent, and ISIS is coming to get us. But there is no public support for another war – not sure if we even want 800 troops sent to Baghdad to help defend our over-sized embassy.

    I can still remember the theme song MSNBC wrote for Bush’s invasion of Iraq. After they fired Phil Donahue for opposing it.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on July 2, 2014 - 7:56 pm

    Richard says:

    I can still remember the theme song MSNBC wrote for Bush’s invasion of Iraq. After they fired Phil Donahue for opposing it.

    Please don’t tell me if they have a new theme song for the third illegitimate invasion of Iraq. I’m thinking they don’t, for a reason, but I haven’t had cable for many years now.

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on July 3, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Why ISIS’s ‘New Caliphate’ Claim Is Kind Of Ridiculous

    Most researchers date of the end of the formal caliphate at 1924, when Attaturk, a reformer who helped create modern-day Turkey, constitutionally abolished the institution within what was left of the Ottoman Empire and transferred its powers to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Since then, various Muslims (including the former leader of the Taliban) have occasionally taken the title of Amir al-Mu’minin, but few have taken ISIS’s extreme position of claiming the full power of the caliphate, where a leader assumes total legal and religious authority over Muslims near and far.

    ISIS’s relatively tiny sphere of influence within the Muslim world is also part of what makes its claim to the caliphate so shocking and theologically problematic for many Muslims. The organization argues in its recent statement that it is reestablishing the caliphate primarily because the “essentials,” or conditions, of a Muslim state have been established under their brutal rule. As such, they insist that all other Muslim groups — especially other extremist militias and terrorist organizations — are bound by God to honor their leader’s authority.

    “As for you, O soldiers of the platoons and organizations, know that after this consolidation and the establishment of the [caliphate], the legality of your groups and organizations has become invalid,” their statement reads. “It is not permissible for a single person of you who believes in Allah to sleep without having (loyalty) to the [caliph].”

    But even if such religious claims are contested, there is still special significance in ISIS invoking the power of the caliphate at the beginning of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. It is also probably no coincidence that they have staked this claim as they move to occupy Baghdad, a city where many previous caliphs ruled. In fact, it’s safe to say that outside of ISIS’s purported religious reasonings for claiming the caliphate, the move effectively functions as a massive recruitment tool; it catches headlines and raises eyebrows, and the majority of the group’s own statements revolve around repeatedly asking other Muslims to “rush” and “gather around your [caliph].”

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