Dabiq: Islamic State’s (ISIS) Apocalyptic 21st Century Vision

“They [Islamic State mujahidin] have a statement to make that will cause the world to hear and understand the meaning of terrorism, and boots that will trample the idol of nationalism, destroy the idol of democracy and uncover its deviant nature.” Dabiq Issue 1 “Return of the Khalifah” [i]Islamic State Tactical Rationality and its Millenarian IdeologyThe rise of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and its rapid conquest of a third of Iraq and Syria are truly astounding. The group’s June 2014 announcement of an Iraqi-Syrian caliphate breaks colonial era borders and its success is unprecedented in the history of modern jihadist movements.  Islamic State publications and videos celebrate its termination of the Sykes-Picot accord.[ii] With its transnational state, IS achieves a goal that has bedeviled past Islamist insurgencies.For More on Post-colonial ContextUnsuccessful OppositionDespite formidable adversaries including fellow jihadists, IS has beaten them by…

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Anthony Celso

Dr. Anthony Celso is an Associate Professor with Department for Security Studies at Angelo State University Earning his doctorate from Ohio State in 1989, he has over twenty years of teaching...