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Militants behind new 'caliphate' fight to hold lands in Iraq, Syria
Militants behind new 'caliphate' fight to hold lands in Iraq, Syria

A day after proclaiming rule over the world's Muslims, fighters for the self-styled Islamic State "caliphate" were battling Monday to retain control of seized territory in Iraq and Syria against resurgent government forces. The videotaped declaration Sunday of the first transnational caliphate since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago stirred fear across the Middle East that the Al Qaeda splinter group has amassed enough followers, looted cash and armaments to impose its harsh version of Islamic law on broad swaths of Iraq and Syria. But the Sunni militant group's claim to global authority and its demand that the Muslim faithful swear loyalty to its reclusive...

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