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Why an Isis caliphate is
no more than a pipe dream

Telegraph [UK], by Shashank Joshi

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/27/2014 4:34:05 AM

The caliphate – an Islamic state with a single political and religious leader, ruled by a would-be successor to Mohammed – seems to be back in fashion. The institution is a millennium old, though the last caliphate was abolished in 1924, when the secular republic of Turkey snuffed out the final vestiges of the Ottoman Empire. A century on, the Iraqi jihadist group Isis wants to resurrect the caliphate across the Fertile Crescent, that beautiful but war-studded arc of land stretching from the Red Sea to the Persian Gulf. Medieval aims, through modern means. Can they do it? Their ambitions can’t

      


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Why an Isis caliphate is
no more than a pipe dream
Telegraph [UK], by Shashank Joshi    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/27/2014 4:34:05 AM     Post Reply
The caliphate – an Islamic state with a single political and religious leader, ruled by a would-be successor to Mohammed – seems to be back in fashion. The institution is a millennium old, though the last caliphate was abolished in 1924, when the secular republic of Turkey snuffed out the final vestiges of the Ottoman Empire. A century on, the Iraqi jihadist group Isis wants to resurrect the caliphate across the Fertile Crescent, that beautiful but war-studded arc of land stretching from the Red Sea to the Persian Gulf. Medieval aims, through modern means. Can they do it? Their ambitions can’t

   

 

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Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/26/2014 2:26:16 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 6/26/2014 5:42:12 AM     Post Reply
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