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A year of the self-declared Islamic Caliphate

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) first formed during the Iraq war as a fledgling terrorist group aligned with al Qaeda, and has since struck out on its own to control vast swaths of territory straddling Iraq and Syria. A major turning point in its rise happened a year ago, when it declared itself a nation, to which, it said, all Muslims must pledge. Below is a look at some of the major events in the year since ISIS decided it wanted to establish a state and conquer the world.
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