But while ISIS fighters consider a U.S. invasion fulfillment of prophecy and their own deaths a given, something does worry their top brass ...
Here's What Scares ISIS
Obviously, Dabiq is propaganda. But you can learn a lot about what scares a given regime by reading its propaganda, and ISIS is no exception. For example: ISIS is having financial trouble right now. Roughly half of their income last year was from robbing Iraqi banks (a one-time source of cash). ISIS is currently spending around half of their revenue just paying their soldiers. One big cause for this economic collapse is that taxpayers are fleeing ISIS-held territory, because duh.
What exactly did you think all those refugees are refugeeing from?
Earlier this year, 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi's body washed up on shore after his boat from Egypt sank. ISIS reprinted the image in Dabiq, along with a message warning their residents that THIS is what would happen if they tried to leave. ISIS knows most people who enter Islamic State territory wind up wanting to get the fuck out.
There was more clear evidence of this in the third issue of Dabiq, which concluded an article full of advice for people looking to join the Islamic State with these warnings: