The 32-page Urdu-language document also details machinations to attack U.S. soldiers as they withdraw from Afghanistan and target American diplomats and Pakistani officials.
AMI obtained the document from a Pakistani citizen with connections to the Pakistani Taliban and had it independently translated from Urdu by Harvard researcher and translator Mustafa Samdani.
The document, USA Today reported, was reviewed by three U.S. intelligence officials, who deemed the document authentic based on its unique markings. Additionally, the language used to describe Islamic State leaders, the writing style and religious wording match previous documents from the group.
The stated goal in the undated document titled “A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate (ISC), The Caliphate According to the Prophet,” is to unite dozens of factions of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban under one military umbrella. The document includes chilling future battle plans, urges al-Qaida to join the group, and says Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, should be recognized as the sole ruler of the world’s one billion Muslims under a religious empire.
“Accept the fact that this caliphate will survive and prosper until it takes over the entire world and beheads every last person that rebels against Allah,” it proclaims. “This is the bitter truth, swallow it.”
Retired Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who also reviewed the document, told USA Today that the document “represents the Islamic State’s campaign plan and is something, as an intelligence officer, I would not only want to capture, but fully exploit. It lays out their intent, their goals and objectives, a red flag to which we must pay attention.”
The document goes on to say that “preparations” for an attack in India are underway and predicts that an attack will provoke an apocalyptic confrontation with America: “Even if the U.S tries to attack with all its allies, which undoubtedly it will, the ummah [a reference to the global community of Muslims] will be united, resulting in the final battle.”
Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution who served more than 30 years in the CIA, told USA Today that striking in India would amplify Islamic State’s stature and threaten regional stability.
“Attacking in India is the Holy Grail of South Asian jihadists,” said Riedel.
In June, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told reporters that successful allied military operations have scattered the Pakistani Taliban.
Chaudhry denied an Islamic State presence in Pakistan, warning that such a development could be “a potential threat for the whole world, for our region too, for our country too. We believe that all countries need to cooperate, and Pakistan, yes.”
In contrast to al-Qaida, which has targeted the U.S. and other Western nations, the obtained Islamic State document said the group’s leaders believe that was the wrong strategic goal. “Instead of wasting energy in a direct confrontation with the U.S., we should focus on an armed uprising in the Arab world for the establishment of the caliphate,” the document said.