The Islamic State is preparing to attack India in order to provoke an Armageddon-like confrontation with the US, documents obtained from a Pakistani citizen with connections inside the Pakistani Taliban have revealed.
An investigative story was published yesterday by USA Today, which refers to an internal recruitment document of the feared group which also seeks to unite the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban into a single army of terror. The same was also reported by the American Media Institute.
“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 document was translated into English by a Harvard scholar and verified by several serving and retired intelligence officials, the report said.
“Attacking in India is the Holy Grail of South Asian jihadists,” retired CIA official Bruce Riedel was quoted as saying.
“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 recognized as the sole ruler of the world’s 1 billion Muslims under a religious empire called a ‘caliphate’,” the report in the US daily said, while referring to the document titled ‘A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate, The Caliphate According to the Prophet.’
“Instead of wasting energy in a direct confrontation with the US, we should focus on an armed uprising in the Arab world for the establishment of the caliphate,” the document said.
Three US intelligence officials who reviewed the document confirmed its authenticity based on its unique markings and writing style.