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Declares Islamic state

30 Jun, 2014

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria declare that they have set up a caliphate spanning large areas of the two countries.  In recently released audio and written announcements, a person claiming to be the groups official spokesman called on all Muslims to swear allegiance to the caliphate, which means Islamic state.  The group says its flag now flies from Aleppo province in northwestern Syria to Diyala province in eastern Iraq, although CNN could not confirm this.  The group announced that it was changing its name to just the “Islamic State.”