DAMASCUS, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now calling itself Islamic State, carried out a military parade in Syria's northern city of al-Raqqa, showcasing plenty of weaponries and military gears it looted from military depots in neighboring Iraq, activists said Tuesday.
The Syria Mubashar activists' group said the ISIL displayed a long convoy of armored vehicles, tanks, U.S.-made military vehicles, heavy artillery and assorted weaponries and most notably a big rocket that resembles a Russian-made Scud missile.
Activists said the group staged the military parade on Monday afternoon in al-Raqqa, which has been under the ISIL control for almost a year. Activists noted that the showcased weapons belonged to the Iraqi army.
The military parade came just one day after the ISIL, an al- Qaida breakaway group, declared on Sunday to establish an Islamic caliphate in areas under its control in both Syria and Iraq.
The group has further enthroned its leader, Abdullah Ibrahim Bin Awad, who goes by the nom de guerre of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the Muslim caliph, or the leader of all Muslims worldwide.
As the ISIL is now growing more resourceful, observers believe that the infighting between this al-Qaida splinter group and other jihadist groups would escalate.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based watchdog group, said recently that over 7,000 fighters and civilians were killed as a result of the infighting among the rival radical rebel groups in northern and eastern Syria.