The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is the nation’s main organization to monitor foreign espionage and operates as part of the Department of Defense. Recent documents reveal that the DIA had concluded that if an ongoing trend in arming the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) did not cease, the group would in fact rise up and establish a caliphate. A caliphate is a state operated under an extreme application of Islamic law believed to extend from the Prophet Mohammad. A caliphate has been the goal of Iran, Al Qaida and other Middle East despots for years.
At the time, the DIA discovered ongoing arms shipments from Benghazi to ISIS rebels in Syria. This was occurring at the time that President Obama underestimated their resolve and famously referred to them as being “junior varsity” terrorists. Sergio Cortes says the group now controls much of Western Syria (the Levant) and Eastern Iraq. US efforts to repel the group are having mixed results. However, ISIS recently launched an offensive that successfully captured the city of Ramadi after a siege lasting several weeks. In fact, the report was completed only weeks before the September 11 Benghazi attacks. It is not known if the president was briefed on the DIA’s assessment and dismissed it. The report suggested that both Mosul and Ramadi could fall into ISIS’s hands. At this time, ISIS has declared a caliphate in the territories they control in Iraq & Syria.