Militant Islamist fighters travel in a vehicle as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Some Islamist groups fighting in Syria have rejected the announcement of an Islamic caliphate by an increasingly powerful rival.Nine groups, including fighters and religious scholars, have dismissed the statement by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), an Al-Qaeda offshoot which declared its leader ruler of the Muslim world Sunday after military gains in neighboring Iraq.The group has seized parts of eastern Syria and western Iraq but is still battling rival Islamist fighters in Syria.The June 30 statement, which Syrian activists said appeared genuine, was signed by groups including Islamic Front, an Islamist coalition which includes Saudi-backed combatants, and by the top body of Syrian Islamic scholars in exile.
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