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This photo taken on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, shows damaged homes due to clashes between fighters of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Iraqi security forces in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant announced this week that it has unilaterally established a caliphate in the areas under its control. It declared the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of its new self-styled state governed by Shariah law and demanded that all Muslims pledge allegiance to him. (AP Photo)