New Islamic State Leader: We’re Coming for Rome

by Andrew Johnson

The caliph of the newly established “Islamic State” in Syria and Iraq is already looking to expand the territory in to the West.

The Telegraph reports Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is encouraging Muslims to fulfill their “duty” and immigrate to the new state. ”Syria is not for Syrians and Iraq is not for Iraqis,” he said in audio recording. “The land is for the Muslims, all Muslims.”

Additionally, Baghdadi predicts that following his advice will lead to the growth of the Islamic State. “If you hold to it you will conquer Rome and own the world, if Allah wills,” he said.

Past caliphates have fallen short in conquering Rome, although at its furthest extent, the Umayyad Caliphate of the seventh century included parts of Europe, occupying most of the Iberian Peninsula and reaching parts of France.

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