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The British newspaper The Sunday Times reported on Sunday morning that Islamic State is calling on its members to brace for war with Iran in order to take over its nuclear secrets. The newspaper cited a document believed to have been written by top Islamic State member Abdullah Ahmed al-Meshedani, a member of the group's highly secretive six-man war cabinet.
According to the Times' report, the so-called manifesto was uncovered when Iraqi forces raided a home of a senior official of the jihadist group.
The document is allegedly being looked into by western security personnel, who have so far deemed it authentic, according to the newspaper.
The jihadist organization plans to pay off Russia, the document states, exchanging its control of Anbar province's vast gas fields for information on Iran's nuclear program.
The commander behind the manifesto also wants Russia to denounce its support for Iran and Syrian President Bashar Assad.
story is not the first report of the Islamic State's desire to obtain non-conventional weapons
In August, Foreign Policy reported
that Islamic State was also trying to develop biological weapons. The report cited information found on a laptop computer seized from an IS operative.Foreign Policy
obtained the computer from a moderate Syrian rebel group who seized the laptop in the Idlib province from an Islamic State hideout whose fighters had fled.
The laptop, belonging to a Tunisian operative of the Islamic State, named Muhammed S., with a background in chemistry and physics, included a 19-page document on developing biological weapons and weaponizing the bubonic plague.
"The advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge," the document says in Arabic, according to Foreign Policy.
Among the files on the seized computer is also a ruling from a Saudi cleric justifying the use of weapons of mass destruction. "If Muslims cannot defeat the unbelievers in a different way, it is permissible to use weapons of mass destruction...Even if it kills all of them and wipes them and their descendants off the face of the Earth."