[QODLink]
Inside Story

'Islamic caliphate': Blessing or threat?

An al-Qaeda breakaway group calls on Muslims throughout the world to swear allegiance.

Last updated: 01 Jul 2014 08:23
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

An offshoot of al-Qaeda has declared the areas it has captured in Iraq and Syria an Islamic state, or caliphate.

To mark its declaration the group, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, shortened its name to Islamic State.

It has proclaimed its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, as head of that state, and the Caliph for Muslims everywhere.

A statement released online said: “...it is incumbent upon all Muslims to pledge allegiance to the Khalifah Ibrahim and support him. The legality of all emirates, groups, states, and organisations, becomes null by the expansion of the caliphate's authority and arrival of its troops to their areas.”

The Iraqi government said the group has become a threat to all countries. 

So how much of a challenge is the Islamic State to Iraq, Gulf Arab states, the West and al-Qaeda itself?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan

Guests: 

Khaled Al Maeena - editor-at-large at the Saudi Gazette.

Bilal Abdul Kareem - a journalist and filmmaker who has filmed armed groups fighting in Syria.

Douglas Ollivant - a senior national security fellow with the New America Foundation, and former Iraq director on the National Security Council. 

220

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
The Khmer Rouge tribunal is set to hear genocide charges for targeting ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslims.
'I'm dying anyway, one piece at a time' said Steve Fobister, who suffers from disabilities caused by mercury poisoning.
The world's newest professional sport comes from an unlikely source: video games.
The group's takeover of farms in Qaraqosh, 30km from Mosul, has caused fear among residents, and a jump in food prices.
Protests and online activism in recent months have brought a resurgence of ethnic Oromo nationalism in Ethiopia.
join our mailing list