Declaration of caliphate makes Isis even bigger threat
Published 30/06/2014 | 02:30
The announcement of a formal Islamic state by insurgents in Syria and Iraq is a "declaration of war against the West and al Qaida", experts have warned.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (Isis) group sought to legitimise their leadership of worldwide jihad or holy war by declaring that their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is the new caliph or head of state.
Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, a spokesman for the group, called for those living in the area under the group's control in both countries to swear allegiance to Al-Baghdadi.