A banner is placed at a checkpoint belonging to the militant group Islamic State, at the main entrance of Rawah in Anbar province, July 22, 2014.REUTERS/Stringer
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Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, ISIS is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoons and civilians to visit other parts of its self-proclaimed caliphate.Running twice-weekly tours from the Syrian town of Raqqa to the Anbar region of western Iraq, ISIS buses fly the group's black flag and play jihadist songs throughout the journey. ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, proclaimed a caliphate last month straddling Iraq and Syria.It firmly controls large swaths of northern and eastern Syria, the Iraq-Syria border, and parts of northern and western Iraq. ISIS has its roots in Iraq but it spread into Syria in late spring last year.
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