"It is becoming apparent that the Islamic State is planning activities in foreign territories from its core territory in the Middle East, or is trying to get involved in the work of jihadi groups locally," said Gerhard Schindler.
Intelligence circles have reported the targeted deployment of Islamic State emissaries to other countries, said the spy chief, and the militia is gaining greater influence over more and more regional, formerly independent terrorist groups, who it wants to set specific targets and instructions to commit criminal acts.
"The aim of the Islamic State is usually the pledge of allegiance of regional groups and the establishment of new 'Islamic State provinces'," said Schindler.
"The Islamic State wants to make the impression that it is a global system, that is always getting bigger."
Spiegel TV Interview: BND head warns of ISIL's new strategy — SPIEGEL ONLINE
BHD head Gerhard Schindler gave Der Spiegel his first TV interview of his four year tenure at the top of Germany's intelligence service, in an effort to increase trust and transparency in Germany's intelligence service.
The BND first came under fire when it emerged last year that it collaborated with the US NSA to spy on foreign companies and government officials, and enabled the US intelligence service to spy on officials in Germany, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, revelations which led to an ongoing Bundestag enquiry.