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Baghdad residents dismiss Islamic "caliphate" as illusion

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Reuters

Militants declared an Islamic caliphate over the weekend after seizing parts of Iraq and Syria.

They named their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as caliph of the Muslim world.

This video purports to show the group at a captured Iraqi border post on the Syrian border.

It was uploaded to a social media website Sunday and cannot be independently verified by Reuters.

An English-speaking fighter reaffirms their goal.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) SAFIYYA SAYING:

"There's no nationality. We are Muslims. There's only one country. Inshallah we will have only one Imam, only one caliph..."

But people on the streets of Baghdad Monday were not convinced.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BAGHDAD RESIDENT AMIR Al-SHIMMARI, SAYING:

"They are disillusioned. Iraq has many sects and ethnic groups, therefore, we, as Iraqis and as an Iraqi people, we reject this speech and we neither recognize the Islamic State of Iraq, nor the pledge of allegiance to the so-called Abu Bakr a