ISIS militants pass a checkpoint bearing the group's trademark black flag in the village of Maryam Begg in Kirkuk, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP/Hadi Mizban)
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The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to ISIS Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate.Although there is little evidence of a firm alliance yet between ISIS and Al-Qaeda-linked Taliban commanders, ISIS activists have been spotted recently in the Pakistani city of Peshawar distributing pamphlets praising the group.In a message marking the Muslim holy festival of Eid al-Adha, the Pakistani Taliban said they fully supported ISIS goals.The Pakistani Taliban have been beset by bitter internal rivalries over the past year, with the influential Mehsud tribal faction of the group refusing to accept the authority of Mullah Fazlullah, who came to power in late 2013 .
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