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ISIS – Rise of the "caliphate" in pictures

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ISIS, also known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Islamic State (IS), has become one of the most powerful extremist organizations in the world. The main aim of this organization is the creation of an Islamic state, referred to as a “caliphate,” across Iraq and Syria; something that it is trying to achieve through mass killings, abductions and bomb blasts. Here’s a chronology of the rise of ISIS in the past decade.

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