The United Sunni States: 2114
In March 2014, the home of an Islamic State (IS) commander was raided by Iraqi Special Forces. Among the items found in the residence was a manifesto written by what appears to be the Islamic State Cabinet Member, Abdullah Ahmed al-Meshedani, aka Abu Kassem. Reportedly the director of foreign fighter and suicide bomber transport, little is known about al-Meshedani’s present life. Based on these documents, however, TRAC analysts have garnered a rare glimpse not only into his vision for the Islamic State but also the Islamic State’s current and future plans.
As much mystery that surrounds the Islamic State, there is equally as much complexity that surrounds this manifesto. Signed off on the final page by Abu Kassem’s alias “al-Mashhadani al-Iraqi,” the document reads like a hybrid between Islamic State goals and ex-Baathist and Republican Guard concepts left over from Saddam Hussein’s era. The documents are extremely well written with a high command of Arabic often reserved for and used by accomplished scholars. The writings are not necessarily religious but show a mastery of military knowledge and Arab nationalism.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS ONWARD
The copy of Abu Kassem’s manifesto that TRAC holds is merely a portion of the original work; thirteen pages are in tact, spanning from page 19 to page 40; some sections were missing or too blurred to decipher. Beginning on page 19, the document has three distinct topics that intertwine to create an unprecedented insight into the Islamic State’s policy, economics and goals. What is particularly of note is the manner in which the Islamic State views itself both in the near and long term. The term “United Sunni States” is a reference to these goals that cross into a hundred years in the future and include seventy (70) objectives.
Another area of interest is how the manifesto is presented and shared. Unlike the previous declarations found at the home of Islamic State Cabinet member and Baghdadi’s Head of the Military Council, Adnan Ismael Najim Abdulla al-Dulaimi aka Abu Abdul Rahman al-Bilawi’s residence, which were found on a thumb drive, Abu Kassem’s work was printed out. Once spiral bound, the manifesto is typed and chaptered, demonstrating this document was clearly meant for a distribution among the entire Islamic State senior staff.
ABU KASSEM’S MANIFESTO CHAPTERS:
- The General Leadership and the nature of the relationship between the military and political wings
- The Ideological Leadership of the movement, its relationship with the General Leadership and society
- Economic Institutions – Resources and Industries
- The Economic Assets of the Sunni Entity
- We are the Campaign of the Banners and we are the new Umayyads
- The great Safavid enterprise… The challenges of war and the tools of Arab defence (The 100 Year Plan)
- How we will establish our war against the great Safavid enterprise
- The obstacles of establishing the project
Though this is a partial work, the potential new understandings of the Islamic State gained from Abu Kassem are of paramount importance.
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The Russian-Iranian Nuclear Ambition:
An alleged policy plan of the Islamic State outlines some chilling, if unrealistic, plots of the would-be terrorist state, including bribing Russia with access to oilfields in exchange for nuclear technology, and digging a canal across the UAE.
The document reported by Britain’s Sunday Times is believed to have been written by Abdullah Ahmed Meshedani, a member of the highly secretive six-man war cabinet of the terrorist group, which wants to build an Islamist state, or caliphate, in parts of Iraq and Syria.
It was captured by Iraqi special forces during a March raid on the home of a senior Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) member and confirmed as authentic by Western security officials.
The 70-point plan provides an insight into the grandiose, if somewhat far-fetched, strategy aimed at undermining Shiites in the Arab world and Iran as that branch of Islam’s powerhouse nation.
One of the goals listed in the documents is to offer Russia access to oilfields in Iraq’s Anbar province in exchange for Moscow severing ties with Tehran and sharing secret nuclear technology known to Iran with the IS.
The bribe is also meant to convince the Russian government to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad and ally with Sunni states of the Arab Gulf in their confrontation with Iran and Syria.
A security source familiar with the document told the newspaper, “Nothing shocks Western governments these days in relation to ISIS and its fanatical aspirations.
“We’ve known and feared for some time that they want to obtain chemical and nuclear weapons… So when you place their future aspirations against their current achievements, this document which purports to be the group’s manifesto does stop and make you think.”
Another bizarre plan to undermine Iran’s powerbase involves building a canal across the United Arab Emirates “like the Panama Canal in America’s hands,” which would allow oil tankers travel to and from the Persian Gulf, bypassing the Iran-controlled Strait of Hormuz, the newspaper reports.
In addition to the Iranian nuclear program, the document suggests hitting its caviar industry “because it is a national treasure,” and urges to flood the carpet market with products of Afghan carpet makers to cripple their Iranian competitors.
The IS also envisions itself as a regional naval power, with bases built on islands bought from Yemen and the Comoros.
Domestically, the self-proclaimed state has a program of ethnic cleansing, eugenic programs, assassinations of defectors – including IS officials – and other brutal policies that would ensure a population united in purpose, according to the document.
The caliphate’s security for foreign forces would be provided by targeted hits on senior officials and officers in Iran and Iraq as well as attacks of any armed Shiite groups.
In the long run, the IS wants Sunnis from Pakistan and Syria to migrate to lands with mixed Sunni-Shiite populations, “marry early and have many children,” who would become the core of a future extermination campaign to wipe out Shiites in the Gulf.
The IS “are not focused on merely supporting themselves with ransom activities and oil theft, they know that in order to survive they have to generate income in legitimate ways,” Veryan Khan, director of Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, a US-based terrorism monitoring group, told the Sunday Times.
“I am convinced this was passed out among senior personnel of Islamic State,” she added. “To fully explain a 100-year plan is completely unique — they are proving that they are visionaries to the rest of the senior staff.”