Islamic State is planning a spectacular attack in India, which, it believes, will trigger an Armageddon-like “end of the world”, according to its recruitment manual found in Pakistan.
The document titled A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate (ISC), The Caliphate According to the Prophet says preparations for that attack are under way.
It wasn’t clear from the document, which was undated, when the attack would happen, if it hadn’t already. The terrorist group, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), took 39 Indians hostage in Iraq in 2014. There have been conflicting reports about their fate, though the Indian government says the men are alive.
The USA Today, which first reported the existence of this document and its details, said, “The document warns that ‘preparations’ for an attack in India are underway and predicts that an attack will provoke an apocalyptic confrontation with America: ‘Even if the US tries to attack with all its allies, which undoubtedly it will, the ummah (the global community of Muslims) will be united, resulting in the final battle’.”
IS, which now controls large swathes of Iraq and Syria, also plans to attack US soldiers as they pull out of Afghanistan and target American and Pakistani diplomats, according to the 32-page document.
The document was obtained by American Media Institute, a non-profit, from a Pakistani citizen with connections to Pakistani Taliban. USA Today had the document verified with American intelligence officials who said it looked authentic based on the style of writing, the language, some “unique markings” and words that bore resemblance to those in other IS documents.
IS plans to unite all factions of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban to create one single army, under its overall leadership. It also wants its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, recognised as the sole rule of the world’s one billion Muslim under a religious empire called the “caliphate”.
“Accept the fact that this caliphate will survive and prosper until it takes over the entire world and beheads every last person that rebels against Allah,” it said. “This is the bitter truth, swallow it.”
Al Qaeda, the original global jihadi group, unveiled in 2014 its own plans for India, announcing the formation of Qaeda al Jihad focussed on reestablishing Muslim rule in all of South Asia.
Recent reports from east Afghanistan claimed that the fighters loyal to IS had seized substantial territory in Nangarhar province from rival Taliban insurgents.