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The rise of Mr. Baghdadi and his newly proclaimed “caliphate” highlights what had been a closely held secret of the Sunni jihadist movement: a split in the ranks that had been festering for years.
It pits a new generation of shock troops hardened by battle in Iraq and Syria against al Qaeda veterans who had built the movement but were increasingly seen as too passive, both politically and theologically.
The aftershocks from the jihadist rupture are still reverberating. Since Mr. Baghdadi’s sermon last week declaring himself caliph, al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen have denounced him. So too has the mainstream Sunni religious establishment
An image of Israelis in Sderot who gathered on a hill to watch and celebrate Gaza being bombed has gone viral on Twitter, the photo posted by a Danish journalist caused uproar online.