The Master Plan by Brian Fishman audiobook

The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory

By Brian Fishman
Read by Stephen R. Thorne

Blackstone Publishing 9780300221497
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Given how quickly its operations have achieved global impact, it may seem that the Islamic State materialized suddenly. In fact, al-Qaeda’s operations chief, Sayf al-Adl, devised a seven-stage plan for jihadis to conquer the world by 2020 that included reestablishing the Caliphate in Syria between 2013 and 2016. Despite a massive schism between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, al-Adl’s plan has proved remarkably prescient. In summer 2014, ISIS declared itself the Caliphate after capturing Mosul, Iraq—part of stage five in al-Adl’s plan. Drawing on large troves of recently declassified documents captured from the Islamic State and its predecessors, counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman tells the story of this organization’s complex and largely hidden past—and what the master plan suggests about its future. Only by understanding the Islamic State’s full history—and the strategy that drove it—can we understand the contradictions that may ultimately tear it apart.

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Summary

Summary

Given how quickly its operations have achieved global impact, it may seem that the Islamic State materialized suddenly. In fact, al-Qaeda’s operations chief, Sayf al-Adl, devised a seven-stage plan for jihadis to conquer the world by 2020 that included reestablishing the Caliphate in Syria between 2013 and 2016. Despite a massive schism between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, al-Adl’s plan has proved remarkably prescient. In summer 2014, ISIS declared itself the Caliphate after capturing Mosul, Iraq—part of stage five in al-Adl’s plan.

Drawing on large troves of recently declassified documents captured from the Islamic State and its predecessors, counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman tells the story of this organization’s complex and largely hidden past—and what the master plan suggests about its future.

Only by understanding the Islamic State’s full history—and the strategy that drove it—can we understand the contradictions that may ultimately tear it apart.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A sage assessment showing how IS world domination could never come to pass because it has alienated too many Muslims worldwide.” Kirkus Reviews
“With original and powerful analysis, The Master Plan should be required reading for anyone attempting to understand both ISIS and al-Qaeda and the implications for contemporary global security.” Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University
“The definitive history of the Islamic State—told by one of a handful of experts who studied the group long before it became what it is today.” Peter Neumann, King’s College London
“The United States and its allies have failed to understand the ideological drive of the people who lead ISIS…Fishman tells us who they are, what they think, and where they hope to be headed.” General John P. Abizaid, US Army (Ret.), former commander, US Central Command

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Author Bio: Brian Fishman

Author Bio: Brian Fishman

Brian Fishman is a counterterrorism research fellow with the International Security Program at New America. He is the former research director at the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point, where he taught the country’s first dedicated course on the Islamic State of Iraq. He lives in Menlo Park, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 11.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English