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  1. ISIS ‘Caliphate’ Signals Takeover Plans

    How very medieval — ISIS has declared that militant-controlled areas in Syria and Iraq are now part of an Islamic “caliphate.” The militant group has changed its name to “Islamic State” and elevated its head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to “leader for Muslims everywhere.” The next step? Apparently to conquer other nations and to forge an Islamic empire from the Mediterranean to the Gulf, instituting Sharia law throughout. In an attempt to halt the region’s backward slide, Russia has sent jets to help Iraqi troops battle for Tikrit.

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