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Islamic State, Al-Qaeda rivalry could spark dangerous contest

Image taken from a video released on June 29, 2014 by the jihadist terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), allegedly shows Chilean jihadist Abu SafiyyaThe declaration of an Islamic caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria is a direct challenge to Al-Qaeda and could set off a dangerous contest for the leadership of the global jihadist movement, experts say. “This competition between jihadists could be very dangerous,” said Shashank Joshi of the London-based Royal United Services Institute, warning that Al-Qaeda may look to make a “spectacular” show of force. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) announced on Sunday it was establishing a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria where it has seized control.

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