ISIS: Race to Armageddon

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Vij Books India Pvt Ltd, Aug 10, 2015 - 184 pages
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The sudden emergence of the so-called Islamic State (generally referred to as the ISIS) in territories of Iraq and Syria in 2014, shocked the world with its gruesome acts of extreme violence and brutality, its blow to the Westphalian system of the nation state and its messianic drive to instigate a global war of apocalyptic proportions.

With more wealth and fighters than Al-Qaeda, the ISIS has stolen the thunder from every other Islamist and Jihadist outfit by declaring the territory under its control as the Caliphate (which has always been the ultimate Islamist utopia).

Various international organizations, government agencies and media outlets remain baffled to this day over the genesis, modus operandi, warfare and global outreach behind the ISIS’ spectacular success.

This book seeks to investigate and explore most of these questions and also recommends ways in countering the ISIS threat both ideologically and militarily.

 

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Contents

Method in Madness
42
10
61
Terror for Territory
63
19
70
Abu Musab AlSuris Call to Global Islamic Resistance
71
The Baathist Support to ISIS
78
Fourth Generation Warfare 4GW
85
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91
First Drops of Rain in Africa
108
ISIS Claims Countdown to Terror
109
Rising Threat in Eurasia and Central Asia
111
The Spectre in Southeast Asia
113
33
114
The USled Multinational Coalition
118
Assessment of the USled Campaign of Air strikes
123
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124

LargeScale Religious Sectarian Ethnic Cleansing
92
Beheadings and Burnings
94
ISIS and the WMDs
99
Weaknesses in Warfare and Recent Reversals
100
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103
Growing Influence in Arabian Peninsula
107
Conspiracy Theories and the Yonin Plan
129
How Should India Respond to the ISIS Threat
133
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140
Endnotes
147
Index
165
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Dr Adil Rasheed is a Senior Research Fellow at the United Service Institution of India and a media commentator on West Asian geopolitics. He was earlier Researcher at the Middle East’s premier think tank, The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (2006 to 2014). His analytical features appear in leading Middle East newspapers and publications. He was awarded Ph.D. from JMI University, New Delhi, in 1995.

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