I didn't watch the Obama speech, but just curious...... did he mention the word "caliphate"?
IS isn't just some "terrorist army" It govern territory, collects taxes, ( along with imposition of face veils, beheadings, crucifixions, looting and selling antiquities, etc.)
The caliphate is a long term goal, not just in Syria & Iraq
They even have: ( I can't find the source)
Sowing terror via Twitter
ISIS is by far the most media-savvy militant group to emerge in the Middle East.
Its social-media director is believed to be an American: Ahmad Abousamra, 33, a dual U.S.-Syrian citizen who was born in France and raised in the Boston area
So, here's a question: were the fanatics in the Salem witch hunts Christians?
The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692
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The last caliphate ended with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, and establishing a state to be the home of the faithful has been the dream of Islamic fundamentalists for more than half a century.
Al-Baghdadi claims to trace his lineage to the Prophet Mohammed's Quraysh tribe, and his nom de guerre recalls the first caliph: Abu Bakr, father-in-law and close adviser of Mohammed.
In July, he addressed the world's Muslims in a sermon. "I am the wali [leader] who presides over you," al-Baghdadi said at the Grand Mosque in Mosul, Iraq. "Obey me as long as I obey God in you."
I recall when talking about an Islamic caliphate was worthy of eyerolls. Weird how things change...
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