ca·​liph·​ate | \ ˈkā-lə-ˌfāt How to pronounce caliphate (audio) , -fət, ˈka-\

Definition of caliphate

: the office of a caliph or the land he rules over

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The decision partly reversed President Trump’s order in December to withdraw the more than 2,000 American service members following the defeat of Islamic State’s territorial caliphate. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "U.S. Allies Spurred a Partial Reversal of Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Plan, Official Says," 23 Feb. 2019 Now, with the group’s physical caliphate largely destroyed, anti-IS operations are increasingly focused on targeting the extremists’ remaining leadership. Washington Post, "Iraqi forces capture 5 top IS leaders in cross-border raid," 10 May 2018 Now, with the group's physical caliphate largely destroyed, anti-ISIS operations are increasingly focused on targeting the extremists' remaining leadership. Fox News, "Iraq captures five top ISIS suspects in cross-border raid," 10 May 2018 The victory was a turning point in the war against the caliphate, which had used Manbij as a base to plan attacks on Europe and supply fighters to Raqqa. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Cooling U.S. Tensions With Turkey," 5 June 2018 The caliphate and the contiguous territory under IS crumbled in October last year. Bassem Mroue,, "Watchdog: Syrian group uncovering Islamic State mass graves needs help," 3 July 2018 Yet here again, the affiliate did not declare a caliphate. Nabih Bulos, The Seattle Times, "Seventeen years after Sept. 11, al-Qaida may be stronger than ever," 10 Sep. 2018 The goal of all jihadist groups, including both ISIS and al-Qaeda, is to establish a caliphate governed by a strict interpretation of Islamic law. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "The Pentagon says ISIS is “well-positioned” to make a comeback," 17 Aug. 2018 This was at a moment when the group was declaring itself a caliphate and actively recruiting volunteers. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "A Second Chance for an Ivy League ISIS Recruit," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of caliphate

1594, in the meaning defined above

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