The Islamic Caliphate

On 28 June 2014 the IS gained control over a territory nearly the size of Jordan and declared it an Islamic caliphate, and proclaimed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the first “caliph of Islam”.  The Caliphate extends from Anbar in Iraq through Deir ez-Zor in Syria to Raqqa in Iraq. Abu Mohammed Adnani (spokesperson of the IS) explained the Caliphate as: “Therefore the Islamic State, represented by its authorities vested with powers, including dignitaries, leaders, princes and the Shura Council, decided to proclaim the Islamic caliphate, appoint a caliph to the Muslims and pledge allegiance to Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Ibrahim bin Awad al-Badri al-Qurashi al-Hashemi al-Hassani.” With the announcement the change in name from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) to the Islamic State (IS) was also declared.

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June 2014: Declaration of the Islamic Caliphate.

Video Notes: June 2014: News of the formation of the Islamic State is being celebrated on pro-ISIS Twitter feeds. In the Islamic State-held city of Raqqah in Syria.

Caliphate: A map purportedly showing the areas ISIS plans to have under its control within five years has been widely shared online

Map Notes: 2014: Daily Mail UK: A map showing the areas ISIS plans to control within five years

Map: 06.10.14 Mosul falls incontrol of ISIS Insitute For the Study of War Map representing areas of control, attack, and operational presence by ISIS after the takeover of Mosul.