ISIS wants to `trigger war in India' report

Jul 29, 2015 12:00 AM

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) hopes to "to trigger a war in India" to provoke an "Armageddon-like 'end of the world,'" according to a document obtained by American Media Institute, says a report.

''An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan's lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like ''end of the world,'' the USA Today report said.

AMI obtained the 32-page Urdu-language document also details a plot to attack US soldiers as they withdraw from Afghanistan and target American diplomats and Pakistani officials, the report said.

The document was obtained from a Pakistani citizen with connections inside the Pakistani Taliban and had it independently translated from Urdu by Harvard researcher and translator Mustafa Samdani. USA Today claims to have the identity of the Pakistani, but refuses to identify him publicly because of concerns for his safety.

"The document warns that 'preparations' for an attack in India are underway and predicts that an attack will provoke an apocalyptic confrontation with America," the report said.

"Even if the US tries to attack with all its allies, which undoubtedly it will, the ummah (Muslims) will be united, resulting in the final battle," it added.

The undated document, titled A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate (ISC), The Caliphate According to the Prophet,'' seeks to unite dozens of factions of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban into a single army of terror. It includes a never-before-seen history of the Islamic State, details chilling future battle plans, urges al-Qaeda to join the group and says the Islamic State's leader should be recognised as the sole ruler of the world's 1 billion Muslims under a religious empire called a ''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 proclaims. "This is the bitter truth, swallow it.''

The document was independently translated into English by a Harvard scholar and verified by several serving and retired intelligence officials.

''We are aware of the presence of ISIL-affiliated militants in Afghanistan, and we are monitoring closely to see whether their emergence will have a meaningful impact on the threat environment in the region,'' the report quoted a spokesman for the White House's National Security Council to have told AMI.

The US defence establishment expects the Afghan Taliban, another radical Islamic group that ruled Afghanistan until ousted during the US invasion in 2001, to continue to thwart the Islamic State's expansion into Afghanistan even as it fights the current Afghan government.

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