On September 5, 2006, then-President George W. Bush gave a speech headlined “U.S. Foreign Policy and Terrorist Threats” to military officers about the “stages” of the third world war which would be begun by the establishment of a “caliphate” if America was to abandon the fight in Iraq.
He warned radical Islamic jihadist, at the time lead by Osama bin Laden, were planing to “expel Americans” and create a “caliphate capital’ in Iraq.
He added that the terrorists have “made clear that the most important front in their struggle against America is Iraq.”
Bush said the jihadist are engaged in the beginnings of the “third world war that is raging in Iraq.’’
Then he laid out the goals of the Islamic Caliphate saying, “The first stage: Expel the Americans from Iraq. The second stage: Establish an Islamic authority or amirate, then develop it and support it until it achieves the level of caliphate. The third stage: Extend the jihad wave to the secular countries neighboring Iraq. And the fourth stage: The clash with Israel.’’
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