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Abu Haitham al-Obaidi, a prominent ISIS official in Hawija , has allegedly declared himself caliph.
ISIS was rumored to have executed anyone who publicly acknowledged that the caliph was dead — the kind of suicide spiral at the end of such cults.
The caliphate may have lost its caliph; this week brought a new flurry of speculation about the fate of the group’s chieftain, Abu Bakr Baghdadi.
The sultan got to keep the title of caliph, commander of the Sunni Muslim faithful, which his ancestors had acquired four centuries earlier.
Mohammed designated no successor (caliph); his squabbling heirs split Islam into rival sects.
Between them, IS and the coalition have destroyed too many shrines and mosques to leave much of historic value, including the al-Nuri mosque dating back to Crusader times from where Mr Baghdadi proclaimed himself caliph.
The Rafiqah Wall was built in the 7th century partly as a garrison to house the army of al-Mansur, the second Abbasid caliph, who helped found Baghdad and turned the city into a capital of knowledge.
The fourth caliph, Imam Ali, fought them and killed them.
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