I know, this declaration doesn't count as a defeat for us because al Qaeda Prime expelled ISIL (ISIS):
The al Qaeda breakaway group that has seized much of northern Syria and huge tracks of neighboring Iraq formally declared the creation of an Islamic state on Sunday in the territory under its control.
But if we don't work to defeat this caliphate, how long before ISIL expels al Qaeda Prime from the jihadi world and declares itself the al Qaeda Wing of the al Qaeda jihad?
UPDATE: You have to admit, the jihadis are patient in the face of setbacks.
UPDATE: Al Qaeda "Prime" might want to update their resumes':
In an audio recording distributed online Friday, ISIL's spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani declared Baghdadi "the caliph" and "leader for Muslims everywhere".
We'll see who the "splinter" group is.
I know some analysts are saying ISIL has "over-reached" with this announcement. But unless we defeat them, this isn't so.
UPDATE: Hostile takeover:
By claiming such preeminence, ISIS is seeking to eclipse al Qaeda and its leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in what analysts see as the most dramatic shift in militant jihadism since 9/11.
The Obama administration insists that the weakness of al Qaeda Prime--they who attacked us on 9/11--is all the victory that matters. The Obama administration is wrong.