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ISIL declares 'caliphate' in Iraq, Syria

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The ISIL jihadists whose sweeping Sunni militant offensive has captured swathes of Iraq have declared an "Islamic caliphate" in their territory as Iraqi forces battle to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit. 

Screen grab from a Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) video allegedly shows ISIL militants in Iraq's Nineveh province, June 11, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Sunday announced it was establishing a "caliphate" -- an Islamic form of government last seen under the Ottoman Empire -- extending from Aleppo in northern Syria to Diyala in Iraq, the regions where ISIL has fought against the regimes in power.

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