President Obama might not yet have a strategy to combat the Islamic State (ISIS), but the Islamic State has a strategy. It is, apparently, to bring about the "end of the world." According to a document uncovered by American Media Institute (AMI) and reviewed by U.S. intelligence officials, ISIS is preparing to attack India, in the hope of forcing the U.S. to come to India's aid and get mired in an apocalyptic conflict.
In the document, written in prophetic style and entitled, "A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate (ISC), The Caliphate According to the Prophet," ISIS calls upon different jihadist factions operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan to come under its banner. It urges al-Qaeda in the region to submit to the authority of the Islamic empire or "Caliphate" and recognize ISIS as the sole ruler of a billion Muslims across the world.
The document was written in Urdu, the predominant language of Muslims in the Indian Subcontinent, and describes future apocalyptic battles in detail, charting out a roadmap for the destruction of the U.S. and its allies.
According to USA Today, the document was reviewed by three U.S. intelligence officials, who confirmed the authenticity of the document based on its unique markers and accurate used of terminology. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, described the document as "Islamic State's campaign plan."
ISIS wants to trigger this final conflict by unleashing attacks on Indian soil. If the U.S. comes to embattled India's aid, ISIS would declare a global Jihad, calling upon a billion Muslims to heed the call. In ISIS's own words, "Even if the U.S tries to attack with all its allies, which undoubtedly it will, the ummah [global Muslim community] will be united, resulting in the final battle."
Certain of its final victory, ISIS declares in the document, "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. ... This is the bitter truth, swallow it."
The reality on the ground in India seems to confirm the ISIS strategy document. In recent months, Indian security forces have been raising the alarm about the increasing influence of ISIS among India's Muslim youth. India is home to the world's second largest Muslim population. Numbering about 180 million, Muslims make up about 14% of India's population. According to Pew Research, by 2050, India will have world's largest population of Muslims, estimated at 311 million.
With the effective use of the internet and social media, ISIS has outpaced Al-Qaeda and positioned itself as terror outfit of choice among India's radicalized Muslim youth. ISIS flags are now a regular feature at demonstrations in India's Muslim-majority Kashmir province.
In 2014, this photo of Muslim ISIS supporters in India's Tamil Nadu state went viral on Twitter.
India is not at the periphery of ISIS's strategy for global dominance, but is its cornerstone. Indian Muslims have already joined the ranks of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq, and are now actively recruiting for ISIS as online propagandists.
The July 27 terrorist attack in India's Gurdaspur district carried the signature of ISIS -- suicide attacks against military targets of the "infidels." A group of jihadists entered a police station and, while shouting "'Allahu Akbar!" ["Allah is Greater!"], went on a killing spree.
Despite the all-out propaganda onslaught by ISIS, Indian authorities have apparently not yet grasped the true nature of the conflict between ISIS and India that is unfolding before their eyes. As ISIS raises an army among Indian Muslims and publicizes its apocalyptic goals for the Indian subcontinent, some in the Indian establishment still hope to lure the ISIS rank-and-file with government-funded welfare programs. Recently, talking to media, a senior Indian army commander cited "lack of [job] opportunities" and feelings of "alienation" as the main reasons for the rising influence of ISIS among Muslim youth. If only.