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Who wants a caliphate, anyway?

The idea of a caliphate has a powerful history for Muslims, who enjoyed their greatest political and military successes under ancient caliphs. But Muslims are divided over whether the caliphate proclaimed by ISIS militants is worthy of that proud mantle.

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ISIS has mastered high-end video production in its new propaganda wing

ISIS knows media and messaging, from its black and white flag to its raised index finger gesture to its tweets. Now the group has a new propaganda wing that is producing sophisticated, effects-laden videos in styles from rock videos to action movies. Reporter Bruce Wallace shares some examples and what experts think ISIS is hoping to achieve.