It reminds me of old pictures of the Nazi creep from World War II. Hitler said what he planned to do, just nobody really listened or believed he actually meant it. Seizing what they have so far has given them billions in assets and a functioning oilfield that can sustain a state.

In case you want to check the map as to what that would cover:


That would include the top half of Africa, all the Middle East (including Israel), Turkey, India, Bangladesh and as far east as Indonesia.