According to maps included in BBC reporter Andrew Hosken’s new book ‘Empire of Fear: Inside the Islamic State’, the terror group want to control the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe within the next five years.
The Sharia-governed caliphate would stretch as far north as the Pyrenees and the Balkans and as far south as central Africa, and spans from the Western coast of Africa to the border of China.
Hosken told The Daily Record that ISIS would find it extremely difficult to actually carry out their chilling plan.
Once they have their caliphate, they plan to turn against the rest of the world. They envisage the whole world being under their rule. They have 60 nations against them, including the United States and Russia, so one would think that is pretty unlikely. But one would have thought the first steps were unlikely as well
According to Hosken’s book, Isis have a seven-step plan to lead Muslims to victory by 2020 that began in the 1990s, which included provoking the U.S. into war with the Islamic world in the early 2000s and instigating an uprising against Arab rules between 2010 and 2013.
“We were so close to destroying them back in 2010-11.
“80% of their leaders had been captured or killed and they ended up as a little rump.
“We didn’t finish them off and like a cancer they came back.”
With a lengthy air strike campaign failing to halt ISIS’s brutal rampage, David Cameron is facing calls to send ground forces into Iraq and Syria.
But Hosken warned:
“As you can see from the seven-stage plan, Islamic State would very much like it if we invaded there with our soldiers.
“There is a danger it would be a rallying cry to Muslims around the world to come and a join them.
“Islamic State want to be seen to be fighting the West.
“They think a lot of Muslims around the world would then see that as Muslims under attack and would join Islamic State.
“For them it would be a big recruitment drive.
“This is what they want.
“The name of their magazine is Dabiq, which is a town in Syria where their Armageddon, the final battle between them and the West, takes place.
“So it could be a bit of an elephant trap.
“But at the same time, there are people saying if we don’t go in, we’re going to be stuck with Islamic State because the air campaign doesn’t seem to be working.
“We’re on the horns of a dilemma.”
ISIS have up to 50,000 members and cash and assets of nearly £2 billion, partly thanks to their control of oil and gas fields in Iraq and Syria.
They have shocked the world with their barbarity and are responsible for one of the many horrific acts to occur recently; the slaughter of 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia in June.