Increasingly, the hidden design behind the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant/al-Sham is coming to the fore, and that has little to do the frenetic mind-numbing ‘clash of civilisations’ argument. Report after report have been linking ISIS weaponry with US defence sector, since most of the arms and ammunition currently in their possession are now being traced to prominent American arms manufacturers. Large samples of captured arms and cartridges in Syria and Iraq indicate US-based defence companies have been heedlessly selling their products, including state-of-the-art weaponry, grenades, Kalashnikovs, to private buyers who have been in turn reselling them to global militant outfits such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
Moreover, it has also come to light that in a published manifesto, Abdullah Ahmed al-Meshedani, a prominent member of ISIS’ clandestine war cabinet, has announced that the group is aiming to hijack Iran’s nuclear secrets and technology via global nuclear mafia that has been hacking into both Washington and Moscow state secrets. In addition, the manifesto says that ISIS is pressuring Moscow to abandon its support for Iranian and Bashar al-Assad-led Syrian regimes and support Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia which is one of the biggest sponsors of Wahabi terrorism, against Shia-populated Tehran.
It is but obvious that unlike the much-peddled Islamic extremism versus Western democratic liberalism theory which is being fronted as the reason why ISIS is expanding its footprint in West Asia, there are pure financial and geostrategic reasons at work here. And that is why Pakistan Taliban has professed allegiance to ISIS, which has dethroned Al-Qaeda as the most powerful and wealthy jihadist organisation in the world.