NEW YORK — The Islamic State group, now the world’s most-wanted terrorist group, has become a religious phenomenon.
Its followers, known as “caliphate” fighters, often dress in black, wear black beards and carry weapons.
They often fight alongside their brothers in the Iraqi or Syrian rebel ranks.
The Islamic State is not the only group to use religious symbolism.
The Taliban have used religious imagery for years, as have Islamic Jihad, a militant group in Pakistan.
The Islamic States has made its mark in Islamic propaganda videos and in its own propaganda videos.
In Syria, the Islamic extremist group uses its fighters to portray itself as an extension of the Syrian regime.
In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Jihad group use the image of a man with an eagle on his head to portray themselves as a Muslim force that defends Islam.
And in Iraq, the group has used images of an Islamic State flag on billboards and other billboards in cities around the country.
In both countries, they’ve used religious symbols to show support for the Islamic caliphate.
The group has also used the group’s ideology to justify its actions, often citing the Prophet Muhammad’s declaration that he would “go to hell with those who disbelieve in him” if he did not return.
The new logo and logo for the caliphate, the self-proclaimed Islamic state, is one of the most striking symbols used by the group in recent years, experts say.
In a statement, the State Department described the logo as a symbol of “absolute authority” and the group as “the supreme leader of the Islamic state.”
But many experts say the Islamic group is far from being the only religious organization in the world using religious symbolism to promote its cause.
The United Nations, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Bank all use religious symbols.
But experts say they don’t necessarily mean religious in the sense of a religious creed or dogma.
The International Crisis Group said Islamic State’s use of religious symbols may be a reaction to its own group’s success, but the group hasn’t gone completely off the rails.
“There are clearly a lot of religious elements in this group that I don’t see the group go completely crazy with,” said the group director of research for the Middle East and North Africa.
The ISIS logo is not just symbolic.
It’s also very similar to other Islamic groups.
The group has a very well-defined structure, with a central organization that oversees a series of regional units, known by the Arabic acronym IS, the West and the East.
It’s also the group that has used its followers to become its most prominent members, which is the group with the most followers worldwide.
The number of followers varies.
The IS group has about 1 million.
While the IS group’s use and its logo are often considered to be very similar, there are differences, said James Lewis, director of the Center for Religious Studies at the University of California, Irvine.
One is the degree of religiousness the group claims to hold.
Some of the IS fighters, for example, are members of the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra, another militant group.
They are members in good standing of both al-Qaida and the al Qaeda branch in Syria.
Some Islamic State fighters, such as Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, have also called for the creation of an al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, which would be the first Islamic site on the Temple Mount.
But this would be a religious move, not a political one, said Lewis.
Some of the group is even seen as having religious credentials.
The official ISIS magazine, the Dabiq, published a video in May 2017 in which Abu Mohammed al-Julani, a senior leader in the group, proclaimed that Muslims must wage war against the U.S. and Israel.
He said the Islamic Caliphate will be established in the Levant, and that the group would be backed by a strong military and the United States.
“The organization is the Islamic caliph, but its leaders are very religious and the religious credentials are very good,” said Lewis, who is also an expert on Islamic movements.
The other major difference is that the Islamic fighters in the Islamic world are seen as being religious by most Muslims, he said.
Many Muslims don’t consider the Islamic militants to be true Muslims, but they see them as representing Islam, Lewis said.
The State Department also pointed out that ISIS uses a “religion” as a justification for its actions.
Its fighters say they are defending Islam from Western oppression, Lewis noted.
But what the State department is saying is that this group’s fighters are actually defending Islam.