The proclamation of the Caliphate by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Sunni militant group, is bound to deepen resistance between these two countries. ISIS leader, Abubaker al Baghdadi Ibrahimhas, declared himself the Caliph of the Muslim world. ISIS controls many parts of Iraq and Syria.
For many Muslims the proclamation is a joke as ISIS has so far demonstrated that their aim is to kill anything that moves and then make videos. They have shown no respect for the basic principals of Islam that provides clear instructions when in war with enemies.
ISIS has now declared that it will expand beyond Iraq and Syria to the entire Muslim world, and considers the world as their playground. Ideologically speaking by establishing a caliphate is their way to bid higher than Al Qaeda. Current Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri is a mere leader, while ISIS chief, Abubaker al Baghdadi Ibrahim now claims to have the most powerful and mythological title in history of Islam – The Caliph.
It is a sign of extraordinary ambition and delusions of grandeur. It also has theological implications for those who profess jihadist ideology extreme and can be used for political propaganda, but is expected see more resistance than support in the Muslim world.