Militants` declaration of `Islamic caliphate` in Iraq, Syria has `no meaning`: US
IRAQ Crisis — The 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."
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Washington: The 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."
Three Weeks That Led To “Islamic Caliphate”
In just three weeks, jihadists have led a lighting advance by Sunni Arab militants through northern and north-central Iraq and declared an "Islamic caliphate" straddling Iraq and neighbouring Syria.
Their offensive has left more than 1,000 people dead, displaced hundreds of thousands and piled pressure on Iraq`s Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
The following is a timeline:
ISIL spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani promises the militants will press their advance to Baghdad.
US President Barack Obama says Washington is prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to study how to train and equip Iraqi forces.
With Agency Inputs