While Islamic State are often thought to be little more than bloodthirsty maniacs, a recently leaked document outlining their aims and how they organise the territories they control, reveals they are much more sophisticated than many would think.
The leaked 24-page dossier delves into the terror group’s aims to build a state complete with guidelines for education, natural resources, health, industry, diplomacy, employment, communication, propaganda and the military.
The document titled ‘Principles in the administration of the Islamic State’ was obtained by the Guardian, and gives a fascinating insight into the goals of the terrorists.
The manual, written last year by an Egyptian called Abu Abdullah, shows how ISIS have already started to build a state in Iraq and Syria complete with government departments, a treasury, and an economic programme for self-sufficiency.
The document also outlines a blueprint for establishing foreign relations, education based on Sharia Law, as well as outlining the group’s belief that children must receive “training on bearing light arms”, as the group aims to turn youngsters into ruthless killers.
Speaking to the Guardian, Charlie Winter, a senior researcher for Georgia State University, said:
Far from being an army of irrational, bloodthirsty fanatics, IS (Islamic State) is a deeply calculating political organisation with an extremely complex, well-planned infrastructure behind it.
According to a translation from the Mirror Online, the ISIS document explains its aims as:
Raising a knowledgeable Islamic generation capable of bearing the ummah (nation) and its future without needing the expertises of the west.
In short, the document demonstrates that the members of Islamic State are not only preoccupied with brutal violence, they’re also well organised and equipped in the mundane tasks of setting up a government too.
This isn’t just a bunch of pyschos we’re dealing with here, this is a well oiled machine which is already far more than the sum of its fighters. And, frankly, it makes them even more terrifying than we thought!