...ISIS is planning
multiple terror attacks
in public places
The shock claim, from one of the world's leading authorities on the death cult, comes amid fears of a New Year's Eve terror plot in London and other major world cities.
In 2016 ISIS wants to show its global reach. From cells, to lone wolves, to bedroom jihadists – to target landmarks and crowds in dozens of countries across the world...
ISIS expert Dr Theodore Karasik
Islamic State has carried out more than 50 attacks in 18 countries that have killed 1,100 people and injured 1,700 since it declared its caliphate in 2014.
And next year will see a huge increase in both the number and scale of major terror attacks, according to Dr Theodore Karasik, a Gulf-based analyst of regional geo-political affairs who has extensively studied ISIS's behaviour.
He warned: "ISIS’s media operation is taunting its enemy to come to fight their Final Battle.
"But first, it wants to show its global reach with zeal...from cells, to lone wolves, to bedroom jihadists – to target landmarks and crowds in dozens of countries across the world."
...ISIS plotting 'to slaughter
THOUSANDS' in 2016
in bid to spark huge
...ISIS is plotting to lure
a 'final battle'
the Middle East...
"ISIS is an airborne disease and still remains robust as the movement enters into a new combative and aggressive phase.
"Many of us see the change of year as 'turning over a new leaf' and ISIS may do the same.
"The level of ISIS’s destructiveness, to force confrontations across the world, indicates that 2016 is likely to be more chaotic than 2015.
"The threat is real, and the requirement for international, regional, and local cooperation is truly necessary and will be tested again and again in perhaps unexpected places."
The warnings come as the west is on heightened alert after last month's terror attacks in Paris, in which 130 people were killed and hundreds wounded.
Earlier this week ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released an audio message boasting that his forces were "doing well" and urging his followers to "be confident God will grant us victory".
The message from the ISIS chief, the first in nearly a year, referred to the formation of a Saudi-led coalition of 34 Muslim nations against Isis, which was announced this past December 15.
Baghdadi called for the overthrow of the Saudi government and promised his forces would soon advance on Israel.
"You will never find comfort in Palestine, Jews," he said. "Palestine will not be your land or your home, but it will be a graveyard for you."
He also taunted America for not sending troops to Syria and Iraq. "They do not dare to come, because their hearts are full of fear from the Mujahidin," he said.