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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Both men would oversee the 9/11 attacks, which were premised on their belief that the American infidel should be killed wantonly. But when it came to Muslims, Bin Laden and Zawahiri were more cautious. They believed Muslim support was ...
“Why kill ordinary Shi'a considering that they are forgiven because of their ignorance? And what loss will befall us if we did not attack the Shi'a?” Another al-Qaeda leader in Bin Laden's inner circle, Atiyya Abd al-Rahman, ...
Stop killing them, “no matter what.”34 Atiyya also counseled Zarqawi to stop insisting Sunni rebels join his organization and leave other jihadist groups: “Whether they come into the organization with us or not ... they are our brothers ...
37 That state, he proclaimed, would be established in three months.38 After the United States killed Zarqawi on June 7, 2006, al-Qaeda in Iraq carried out its leader's dying wish. Rather than wait to establish the Islamic state until ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pheditor - LibraryThing
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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