Islamic State and the idea of statehood -BBC

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What is a state?

“It is possible to say that there are three different concepts of statehood in this story:
Syria: UN member with defined borders, partial control of land, a government disliked by the West, apparently no right to protect its territory
Iraq: UN member with defined borders, partial control of land, a government favoured by the West, able to garner help to protect its territory
Islamic State: Unilaterally declared caliphate, no UN membership, no defined borders, partial control of land, a government with no international recognition, no right to protect its territory”

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30150681