F. Michael Maloof, WND
Shiite Iran appears to be the ultimate target of the ISIS effort to create a Sunni caliphate, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, is enlisting help from Sunni jihadist fighters from neighboring Pakistan’s predominantly Sunni Balush province to step up attacks.
In recent months, Sunni fighters have ambushed Iranian border guards and committed atrocities against hundreds of Shiites, as documented by Human Rights Watch.
As a result, ISIS is turning its conquests into a full-fledged Sunni-Shiite conflict.
The prospect of Iran being in the bulls-eye of ISIS was underscored by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a rare public statement following a recent attempt on his life by the U.S.-led, anti-ISIS coalition.
As WND recently reported, Baghdadi outlined his priorities of first attacking Shiites then Saudi Arabia’s Mecca and Medina, two of Islam’s most revered holy places, and Shiites in Yemen. Following that, he intends to target the Saudi royal family and, only then, the Western “crusaders.”
His emphasis clearly is giving priority to eliminating Shiites wherever they may be. In the lands he’s already conquered in portions of Syria and Iraq, Baghdadi’s fighters have summarily killed all Shiites, often not even giving them a chance to “convert” or pay a tax, as he’s doing with Christians.
ISIS looks upon the Shiites as infidels and has killed thousands.
Today, Sunni Muslims around the world comprise 80 percent of the 1.6 billion Muslims. By contrast, Shiites comprise only 15 percent of all Muslims, with a majority in Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Bahrain.
Shiites are a minority in all of the other Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia. There, they happen to occupy the Eastern Province district of al-Ahsa, where much of the Saudi oil production takes place.
Baghdadi has a history of attacking locations where there is major oil production and then turning around and selling oil to keep his jihadist campaign running. In the Saudi kingdom, he could not only kill Shiites but also take over the oil wells, which would give him virtual control over world oil production and distribution.