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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But the American invasion in 2001 had ended that dream.16 Iraq was a second chance. In 2002 and early 2003, ... When he applied for membership in al-Qaeda in February 2004, he did not mention an Islamic state or a plan for achieving it.
Rather, he explained his strategy for winning over the Sunnis, defeating the transitional government, and driving the infidels from Iraq: Provoke the Shi'a. “If we are able to strike them ... 21 If al-Qaeda's leaders would assent to ...
Al-Qaeda had just mounted a disastrous terror campaign in Saudi Arabia and was desperate for a role in the growing Sunni insurgency in Iraq.23 Zarqawi may have wanted to tap into al-Qaeda's network of private Gulf funders, ...
In 1993, al-Qaeda had sent the young Libyan to Algeria to liaise with the jihadist groups there. Rather than welcoming Atiyya, the worst of the ... And he was to win over and work with influential Sunnis in Iraq, even the heterodox.
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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