A seized document indicates that the Islamic State hopes to wage war on Iran one day in order to obtain its nuclear secrets, Britain’s Sunday Times reported.
Described as a “policy manifesto,” the document reveals a grandiose plot to gain access to Iran’s nuclear program by recruiting the help of Russia, which has been an ally of one of the Islamic State’s archenemies: Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Believed to have been written by Abdullah Ahmed al-Meshedani, a senior Islamic State member, the document proposes offering Russia access to gas fields in Iraq’s Anbar province, which are under the Islamic State group’s control, in exchange for Russia giving up “Iran and its nuclear program” and handing over its secrets, the Times reported.
The document was seized by Iraqi special forces during a raid on the home of an Islamic State commander in March.
It "includes plans to unleash a campaign of ethnic cleansing, Nazi-style eugenics and intelligence gathering operations to consolidate and expand the self-declared Islamic caliphate,” the Sunday Times reported. It's also said to list 70 proposals to strip Shiite Iran of "all its power," including by assassinating Iranian diplomats, businessmen, teachers and military leaders.
Islamic State jihadists, who are Sunni Muslims, believe Shiites, including Iranians, to be infidels. Iran is aligned with the Shiite government in Iraq and with Assad, both of whom the Islamic State group is trying to topple.
The document reportedly proposes building a canal across the United Arab Emirates “like the Panama Canal” to bypass the Strait of Hormuz, which Iran dominates, and suggests ways to undermine the Iranian economy, including destroying its caviar and carpet industries.
Israel’s Ynet News noted that Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor was built by Russian contractor Atomstroyexport following a 1995 agreement between the Iranian government and the Russian Ministry for Atomic Energy.
Iran recently threatened to attack any militants in Iraq who come near its border.
“If the terrorist group come near our borders, we will attack deep into Iraqi territory and we will not allow it to approach our border,” General Ahmad Reza, commander of the Iranian ground forces, said last month, according to Iran’s official IRNA news agency.
If authentic, the document “offers a unique insight into the ambitions of the Sunni Islamist commanders who have shocked the world with their fanaticism and brutality,” the Sunday Times observed.
Revelations about the document follow a report in August about a laptop found in an Islamic State hideout in Syria that included files about making bubonic plague bombs and biological weapons.