IS Declares Itself a Caliphate

Announcement Date: June 30, 2014

On first day of Ramadan, ISIS declares itself as the world caliphate, “Islamic State.” It calls all Muslims to integrate, but millions of Muslims denounce the terrorist group and respond by referring to IS as “Daesh”, an Arabic acronym that is a pun on the Arabic word “to trample down and crush.” Roughly 25,000 jihadists join.