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ISIS Declares Themselves an Islamic State

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 (NBC) -- Sunni insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) declared themselves a caliphate and dropped "al-Sham" from their title, according to a statement delivered by their spokesman. Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said other jihadi factions — even those beyond Iraq and Syria — were rendered "invalid." He urged them to pledge allegiance to the newly named "Islamic State."

"If you forsake the State or wage war against it, you will not harm it. You will only harm yourselves,” al-Adnani said, according to the Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) monitoring service.

"Al-Sham" refers to the region that includes Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, but removing the reference to the region widens the former al-Qaeda affiliate's scope, experts said.

"After seizing control of multiple territories in Syria and Iraq, ISIS feels this is a golden opportunity to seize control of the helm of the global jihadi movement," said terrorism analyst, Laith Alkhouri.

"They are quite obviously elated with their recent successes, and it has given them the confidence that they can expand their campaign into the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa, and beyond," said Evan Kohlman, a terrorism consultant with Flashpoint Partners and an NBC counter-terrorism analyst.

The insurgents overran the Iraqi city of Mosul last month and, since then, have seized a swath of Iraqi cities and towns as they seemingly make a strategic advance toward the capital of Baghdad. They have also captured Syrian territory on the border with Iraq.

"Congratulations on this clear victory, congratulations on this great triumph ... Today the nations of kufr (unbelievers) in the west are terrified," al-Adnani said in his 34-minute speech. 

The rebranding also opens doors for the "Islamic State" to garner more allies. Kohlman said regions like Libya, Egypt, and the Palestinian territories have their share of "ISIS-wannabes" who are eager to fight for the group.

 

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