The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State
St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2015 M09 22 - 256 pages
Based almost entirely on primary sources in Arabic--including ancient religious texts and secret al-Qaeda and Islamic State letters that few have seen--William McCants's The ISIS Apocalypse explores how religious fervor, strategic calculation, and doomsday prophecy shaped the Islamic State's past and foreshadow its dark future.
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Articles about al-Qaeda and the civil war in Syria, my usual beat, could wait. No one cared. They cared a few days later when the so-called Islamic State group marched across Iraq and conquered its second-largest city, Mosul.
All summer, American televisions and computer screens had been filled with reports of horrific acts committed by a renegade al-Qaeda group in Syria and Iraq, accompanied by foreboding images of masked jihadists waving the flag.
Although it took nearly a decade to play itself out, the Islamic State was destined to fall out with al-Qaeda from the ... to fo- ment revolution in the Fertile Crescent, the land stretching from the eastern Mediterranean through Iraq.
Al-Qaeda's leader, Bin Laden, was the son of a wealthy Saudi building contractor, and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, ... Zarqawi also reached out to the Kurdish Ansar al-Islam organization in northern Iraq.9 By the beginning of 2001, ...
“I believe that what he read about Nur al-Din and his launch from Mosul in Iraq played a big role in influencing Abu Mus'ab [al-Zarqawi] in ... It also gave shelter to likeminded jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda and Zarqawi's outfit.
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Timely offering.The author is not a journalist, but a Brookings scholar. Good insights into Islamic history and culture. The author clearly rushed this into print and could have used a reasonable editor to help with organizing themes, chronology and word choice (fanboy?). Read full review
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