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Militants' declaration of 'caliphate' in Iraq, Syria has 'no meaning': US

Kurdish Peshmerga forces raise the Kurdish flag at a checkpoint on the road leading from Kirkuk to northern Iraqi city of Tikrit on June 30, 2014The United States said Monday the declaration by Sunni militants of an “Islamic caliphate” on territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria has “no meaning.” “We have seen these types of words from ISIL before,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, referring to militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. “This declaration has no meaning for the people in Iraq and Syria,” she said, adding that the militants — who have now renamed their group the Islamic State — were just trying “to control people by fear.” The White House said the jihadists spearheading the offensive in Iraq had waged “a campaign of terror of gross acts of violence and repressive ideology that pose a grave threat to Iraq’s future.”

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