For students into Government Security, Bioterrorism, Re-emerging Disease and Foreign Disease Migration, etc. , this is a nice demonstration of the value of maps . . . especially political maps.


These are two maps  with almost an exact match!!!  The question that leads me to is: Could they provide insights into the philosophy and history leading to ISIS and the ISIS objectives?


The top map depicts the goals of the Great Ottomon wars fought by Turks and supporters from the late 1600s to the early 1800s, on and off [ this more “lively source” is from  .]



The lower map depicts the long terms goals of the Islamic militant group ISIS, trying to produce a [re-]unified Caliphate Islam.  [Source: ;]. 



Excerpts from the new ABC News article:


"The Islamic militant group currently marching across Iraq trying to seize territory in order to create an Islamic state has purportedly published a map showing their plans for the next five years.


The maps were widely shared on Twitter this weekend. They show parts of Africa, the Middle East, and even Europe shaded in black, to represent the territories that ISIS hopes will be part of its Sunni-run state.


ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and is a militant group that currently has fighters in Syria and Iraq trying to seize territory."




My initial query consisted of a plan to compare the ISIS plan with that of Adolph Hitler. But Hitler’s plan did not match the ISIS plan at all. [For Hitler, see the Life magazine version of this, from 1942, at  ]

But then I noted the expected match to many of the medical conditions and behavior I tracked related to the Islamic lifestyle and Islamic belief system.

Reviewing the maps of the war, it was not a similarity I saw between these two maps, but more an exact match, except for the north western part of China the ISIS plans to [re-]capture.