Sunni militant success in Iraq brings Islamic caliphate into focus (+video)

June 13, 2014 1:42 AM

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Sunni militant success in Iraq brings Islamic caliphate into focus (+video)

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, backed by other Sunni militants, now controls swaths of northern Syria and northwestern Iraq in which it can impose its harsh rule. 

Istanbul, Turkey — A transnational jihadist group now controls a swath of territory across northern Iraq and Syria, creating a de facto Sunni Islamic “caliphate” in its wake as it pushes south toward the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

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