A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Radical religious authority Abu Qatada, who is being tried on terror charges in Jordan, Tuesday denounced as "void" the declaration of a caliphate by Sunni jihadists in Iraq and Syria.ISIS, which has been fighting in neighboring Syria and Iraq, on June 29 proclaimed a "caliphate" straddling both countries and headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who now calls himself Caliph Ibrahim.Abu Qatada, who has repeatedly criticized ISIS, urged other Muslims against joining the Sunni jihadist group.Abu Qatada's statement came after leading Jordanian jihadist ideologist Issam Barqawi, known as Abu Mohammad al-Maqdessi, denounced the declaration of the caliphate on July 2 .
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