8 According to the Declaration of a Caliphate issued by Abu Bakr al-baghdadi on June 29, 2014,

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the establishment of a “Islamic Caliphate” must go through three stages: first, conquering Iraq and the Levant (including Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine) and eliminating Israel; second, reforming the Islamic world, toppling all secular “renegade” regimes, occupying Mecca and making it “permanent capital”; third, converting all pagans and atheists into Islam and establishing a global “Caliphate.” While the first stage is considered the priority, preparations could be made for the second and third stages, such as establishing several wilayahs like Khorasan, Maghreb, Sinai, Chechnya, Yemen and Afghanistan.

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