Evidence exposing who put ISIS in power, and how it was done: U.S., CIA.
VOD editor: this article is especially pertinent now as the mainstream media builds up hysteria about ISIS executions of hostages, and the U.S.. Jordan and the UAE carry out air strikes on Iraq, Syria, elsewhere
Updated Dec. 9, 2014
The Islamic militant group ISIS, formerly known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and recently rebranded as the so called Islamic State, is the stuff of nightmares. They are ruthless, fanatical, killers, on a mission, and that mission is to wipe out anyone and everyone, from any religion or belief system and to impose Shari’ah law. The mass executions, beheadings and even crucifixions that they are committing as they work towards this goal are flaunted like badges of pride, video taped and uploaded for the whole world to see. This is the new face of evil.
Would it interest you to know who helped these psychopaths rise to power? Would it interest you to know who armed them, funded them and trained them? Would it interest you to know why? This story makes more sense if we start in the middle, so we’ll begin with the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
The Libyan revolution was Obama’s first major foreign intervention. It was portrayed as an extension of the Arab Spring, and NATO involvement was framed in humanitarian terms.
The fact that the CIA was actively working to help the Libyan rebels topple Gaddafi was no secret, nor were the airstrikes that Obama ordered against the Libyan government. However, little was said about the identity or the ideological leanings of these Libyan rebels.
Not surprising, considering the fact that the leader of the Libyan rebels later admitted that his fighters included Al-Qaeda linked jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq. These jihadist militants from Iraq were part of what national security analysts commonly referred to as Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Remember Al-Qaeda in Iraq was ISIS before it was rebranded. With the assistance of U.S. and NATO intelligence and air support, the Libyan rebels captured Gaddafi and summarily executed him in the street, all the while enthusiastically chanting “Allah Akbar”. For many of those who had bought the official line about how these rebels were freedom fighters aiming to establish a liberal democracy in Libya, this was the beginning of the end of their illusions.
Prior to the U.S. and NATO backed intervention, Libya had the highest standard of living of any country in Africa. This according to the U.N.’s Human Development Index rankings for 2010. However in the years following the coup, the country descended into chaos, with extremism and violence running rampant. Libya is now widely regarded as failed state (of course those who were naive enough to buy into the propaganda leading up to the war get defensive when this is said).
Now after Gaddafi was overthrown, the Libyan armories were looted, and massive quantities of weapons were sent by the Libyan rebels to Syria. The weapons, which included anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles were smuggled into Syria through Turkey, a NATO ally. The Times of London reported on the arrival of the shipment on September 14th, 2012. (Secondary confirmation in this NYT article) This was just three days after Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed by the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. Chris Stevens had served as the U.S. government’s liaison to the Libyan rebels since April of 2011.
While a great deal media attention has focused on the fact that the State Department did not provide adequate security at the consulate, and was slow to send assistance when the attack started, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh released an article in April of 2014 which exposed a classified agreement between the CIA, Turkey and the Syrian rebels to create what was referred to as a “rat line”. The “rat line” was the covert network used to channel weapons and ammunition from Libya, through southern Turkey and across the Syrian border.
Funding was provided by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. With Stevens dead any direct U.S. involvement in that arms shipment was buried, and Washington would continue to claim that they had not sent heavy weaponry into Syria. It was at this time that jihadist fighters from Libya began flooding into Syria as well. And not just low level militants. Many were experienced commanders who had fought in multiple theaters. The U.S. and its allies were now fully focused on taking down Assad’s government in Syria.
As in Libya this regime change was to be framed in terms of human rights, and now overt support began to supplement the backdoor channels. The growing jihadist presence was swept under the rug and covered up. However as the rebels gained strength, the reports of war crimes and atrocities that they were committing began to create a bit of a public relations problem for Washington. It then became standard policy to insist that U.S. support was only being given to what they referred to as “moderate” rebel forces.
This distinction, however, had no basis in reality. In an interview given in April of 2014, FSA commander Jamal Maarouf admitted that his fighters regularly conduct joint operations with Al-Nusra. Al-Nusra is the official Al-Qa’ida branch in Syria. This statement is further validated by an interview given in June of 2013 by Colonel Abdel Basset Al-Tawil, commander of the FSA’s Northern Front. In this interview he openly discusses his ties with Al-Nusra, and expresses his desire to see Syria ruled by sharia law. (You can verify the identities of these two commanders here in this document from The Institute for the Study of War)
Moderate rebels? Well it’s complicated. Not that this should really come as any surprise. Reuters had reported in 2012 that the FSA’s command was dominated by Islamic extremists, and the New York Times had reported that same year that the majority of the weapons that Washington were sending into Syria was ending up in the hands of Jihadists. For two years the U.S. government knew that this was happening, but they kept doing it.
And the FSA’s ties to Al-Nusra are just the beginning. In June of 2014 Al-Nusra merged with ISIS at the border between Iraq and Syria. So to review, the FSA is working with Al-Nusra, Al-Nusra is working with ISIS, and the U.S. has been sending money and weapons to the FSA even though they’ve known since 2012 that most of these weapons were ending up in the hands of extremists. You do the math.
[UPDATE 9.03.14]: Retired Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney admits: “We Helped Build ISIS”: Note that the first version of this video I uploaded (here) was quickly taken down. To insure that this clip does not disappear we have provided a secondary download link here. So if the video below isn’t playing then use that link and upload it elsewhere.
Syria, we backed I believe, in some cases some of the wrong people and not in the right part of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) that’s a little confusing to people. So I’ve always maintained, and go back quite some time that we were backing the wrong types. I think it’s going to turn out maybe this weekend in a new special that Brett Baer is going to have Friday that’s gonna show some of those weapons from Benghazi ended up in the hands of ISIS. So we helped build ISIS.
In that context, the sarin gas attacks of 2013 which turned out to have been committed by the Syrian rebels, makes a lot more sense doesn’t it? If it wasn’t enough that U.N. investigators, Russian investigators, and Pulitzer prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh all pinned that crime on Washington’s proxies, the rebels themselves threatened the West that they would expose what really happened if they were not given more advanced weaponry within one month.
By the way, this also explains why Washington then decided to target Russia next. This threat was made on June 10th, 2013. In what can only be described as an amazing coincidence, just nine days later, the rebels received their first official shipment of heavy weapons in Aleppo. After the second sarin gas fiasco, which was also exposed and therefore failed to garner public support for airstrikes, the U.S. continued to increase its the training and support for the rebels.
In February of 2014, Haaretz reported that the U.S. and its allies in the region, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel, were in the process of helping the Syrian rebels plan and prepare for a massive attack in the south. According to Haaretz Israel had also provided direct assistance in military operations against Assad four months prior.
Then in May of 2014 PBS ran a report in which they interviewed rebels who were trained by the U.S. in Qatar. According to those rebels they were being trained to finish off soldiers who survived attacks.
“They trained us to ambush regime or enemy vehicles and cut off the road,” said the fighter, who is identified only as “Hussein.” “They also trained us on how to attack a vehicle, raid it, retrieve information or weapons and munitions, and how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.”
This is a blatant violation of the Geneva conventions. It also runs contrary to conventional military strategy. In conventional military strategy soldiers are better off left wounded, because this ends up costing the enemy more resources. Executing captured enemy soldiers is the kind of tactic used when you want to strike terror in the hearts of the enemy.
It also just happens to be standard operating procedure for ISIS. One month after this report, in June of 2014, ISIS made its dramatic entry, crossing over the Syrian border into Iraq, capturing Mosul, Baiji and almost reaching Baghdad. The internet was suddenly flooded with footage of drive by shootings, large scale death marches, and mass graves. And of course any Iraqi soldier that was captured was executed.
Massive quantities of American military equipment were seized during that operation. ISIS took entire truckloads of humvees, they took helicopters, tanks, and artillery. They photographed and video taped themselves and advertised what they were doing on social media, and yet for some reason Washington didn’t even TRY to stop them.
U.S. military doctrine clearly calls for the destruction of military equipment and supplies when friendly forces cannot prevent them from falling into enemy hands, but that didn’t happen here. ISIS was allowed to carry this equipment out of Iraq and into Syria unimpeded. The U.S. military had the means to strike these convoys, but they didn’t lift a finger, even though they had been launching drone strikes in Pakistan that same week. Why would they do that?
Though Obama plays the role of a weak, indecisive, liberal president, and while pundits from the right have had a lot of fun with that image, this is just a facade. Some presidents, like George W. Bush, rely primarily on overt military aggression. Obama gets the same job done, but he prefers covert means. Not really surprising considering the fact that Zbigniew Brzezinski was his mentor.
Those who know their history will remember that Zbigniew Brzezinski was directly involved in the funding and arming the Islamic extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan in order to weaken the Soviets. By the way Osama bin Laden was one of these anti-Soviet “freedom fighters” the U.S. was funding and arming. This operation is no secret at this point, nor are the unintended side effects.
Officially the U.S. government’s arming and funding of the Mujahideen was a response to the Soviet invasion in December of 1979.
However in his memoir entitled “From the Shadows” Robert Gates, director of the CIA under Ronald Reagan and George Bush Senior, and Secretary of Defense under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, revealed that the U.S. actually began the covert operation six months prior, with the express intention of luring the Soviets into a quagmire. The strategy worked. The Soviets invaded, and the ten years of war that followed are considered by many historians as being one of the primary causes of the fall of the USSR.
This example doesn’t just establish precedent, what we’re seeing happen in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria right now is actually a continuation of a old story. Al-Nusra and ISIS are ideological and organizational decedents of these extremist elements that the U.S. government made use of thirty years ago.
The U.S. then went on to create a breeding ground for these extremists by invading Iraq in 2003. Had it not been for the vacuum of power left by the removal and execution of Saddam, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, aka ISIS, would not exist. And had it not been for Washington’s attempt at toppling Assad by arming, funding and training shadowy militant groups in Syria, there is no way that ISIS would have been capable of storming into Iraq in June of 2014. On every level, no matter how you cut it, ISIS is a product of U.S. government’s twisted and decrepit foreign policy.
Now all of this may seem contradictory to you as you watch the drums of war against ISIS begin to beat louder and the air strikes against them are gradually widened http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/08/president-obama-considers-possible-…). Why would the U.S. help a terrorist organization get established, only to attack them later?
Well why did the CIA put Saddam Hussein in power in 1963?, Why did the U.S. government back Saddam in 1980 when he launched a war of aggression against Iran, even though they knew that he was using chemical weapons? Why did the U.S. fund and arm Islamic extremists in Afghanistan against the Soviets?
There’s a pattern here if you look closely. This is a tried and true geopolitical strategy.
Step 1: Build up a dictator or extremist group which can then be used to wage proxy wars against opponents. During this stage any crimes committed by these proxies are swept under the rug.
[Problem] Step 2: When these nasty characters have outlived their usefulness, that’s when it’s time to pull out all that dirt from under the rug and start publicizing it 24/7. This obviously works best when the public has no idea how these bad guys came to power.
[Reaction] Step 3: Finally, when the public practically begging for the government to do something, a solution is proposed. Usually the solution involves military intervention, the loss of certain liberties, or both.
[Solution] ISIS is extremely useful. They have essentially done Washington’s dirty work by weakening Assad. In 2014, while the news cycle has focused almost exclusively on Ukraine and Russia, ISIS made major headway in Syria, and as of August they already controlled 35% of the country. Since ISIS is largely based in Syria, this gives the U.S. a pretext to move into Syria. Sooner or later the U.S. will extend the airstrikes into Assad’s backyard, and when they do U.S. officials are already making it clear that both ISIS and the Syrian government will be targeted.
That, after all, is the whole point. Washington may allow ISIS to capture a bit more territory first, but the writing is on the wall, and has been for some time now. The Obama administration has repeatedly insisted that this will never lead to boots on the ground, however, the truth of the matter is that anyone who understands anything about military tactics knows full well that ISIS cannot be defeated by airstrikes alone. In response to airstrikes ISIS will merely disperse and conceal their forces.
ISIS isn’t an established state power which can be destroyed by knocking out key government buildings and infrastructure. These are guerrilla fighters who cut their teeth in urban warfare. To significantly weaken them, the war will have to involve ground troops, but even this is a lost cause. U.S. troops could certainly route ISIS in street to street battles for some time, and they might even succeed in fully occupying Syria and Iraq for a number of years, but eventually they will have to leave, and when they do, it should be obvious what will come next.
The puppets that the U.S. government has installed in the various countries that they have brought down in recent years have without exception proven to be utterly incompetent and corrupt. No one that Washington places in power will be capable of maintaining stability in Syria. Period. Right now, Assad is the last bastion of stability in the region. He is the last chance they have for a moderate non-sectarian government and he is the only hope of anything even remotely resembling democracy for the foreseeable future.
If Assad falls, Islamic extremists will take the helm, they will impose shari’ah law, and they will do everything in their power to continue spreading their ideology as far and wide as they can.
If the world truly wants to stop ISIS, there is only one way to do it:
1. First and foremost, the U.S. government and its allies must be heavily pressured to cut all support to the rebels who are attempting to topple Assad. Even if these rebels that the U.S. is arming and funding were moderate, and they’re not, the fact that they are forcing Assad to fight a war on multiple fronts, only strengthens ISIS. This is lunacy.
2. The Syrian government should be provided with financial support, equipment, training and intelligence to enable them to turn the tide against ISIS. This is their territory, they should be the ones to reclaim it. Now obviously this support isn’t going to come from the U.S. or any NATO country, but there are a number of nations who have a strategic interest in preventing another regime change and chaotic aftermath. If these countries respond promptly, as in right now, they could preempt a U.S. intervention, and as long this support does not include the presence of foreign troops, doing so will greatly reduce the likelihood of a major confrontation down the road.
3. The U.S. government and its allies should should be aggressively condemned for their failed regime change policies and the individuals behind these decisions should be charged for war crimes. This would have to be done on an nation by nation level since the U.N. has done nothing but enable NATO aggression. While this may not immediately result in these criminals being arrested, it would send a message. This can be done. Malaysia has already proven this by convicting the Bush administration of war crimes in abstentia.
Now you might be thinking: “This all sounds fine and good, but what does this have to do with me? I can’t influence this situation.” That perspective is quite common, and for most people, it’s paralyzing, but the truth of the matter is that we can influence this. We’ve done it before, and we can do it again. I’ll be honest with you though, this isn’t going to be easy.
To succeed we have to start thinking strategically. Like it or not, this is a chess game. If we really want to rock the boat, we have to start reaching out to people in positions of influence. This can mean talking to broadcasters at your local radio station, news paper, or t.v. station, or it can mean contacting influential bloggers, celebrities, business figures or government officials. Reaching out to current serving military and young people who may be considering joining up is also important. But even if it’s just your neighbor, or your coworker, every single person we can reach brings us closer to critical mass. The most important step is to start trying. If you are confused about why this is all happening, watch this video we put out on September 11th, 2012.
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Why on earth do you think it’s OK to control another country or region in the world just because the US dollar might collapse due to the US not being able siphon off the region’s or sovereign states’ natural resources ? This is exactly what JFK and even Wallace and Roosevelt were afraid of – the Pax Americana. Since Bretten Woods and the inauguration of the IMF, World Bank and the UN, a handful of oil, military and pharmaceutical industrialists and banker families have hijacked America. The american dream translates as an odious rate of consumption sustained only by overt and covert intrusions into oil-rich countries around the Caspian Sea and of course the Middle East. Americans have remained very thoroughly misinformed by successive governments while these same (bought and paid for) governments have aided and abetted the systematic pillage of foreign held resources. The result is that many many millions of men, women and especially children have been murdered needlessly while America chugs merrily, and mercilessly, along. The UN is a facilitator for waging war, and pathetically impotent when it comes to “trying” to find and restore “peace” in the ruins of what it has let the US perpetrate with total impunity – so far.
America didn’t win World War II, the USSR did – at a sacrifice of 27 million people – often killed in the most horrendous circumstances. And America ? About 250.000 in the European theatre. Do the maths.
America holding and using it’s “VETO” in the UN is an insult to the very reason a veto was created.
America has been at war, including financial and economic war, with the world since the end of World War II – including against its so called allies. America has purposefully destroyed many Latin American countries, Cuba, Haiti, Greece, Korea (4 million killed, 3/4 of North Korea’s cities burned through incessant napalm bombardment) and Vietnam in the name of stopping communism – a handy excuse for pillaging resources or shoring up self-proclaimed idealogical boundaries.
Indonesia, and many asian countries including Taiwan, have paid an untold tribute to gross abuse of monetary fund interest hikes and repayments. The Class of ’97 refers to the moment the US, essentially through the IMF, virtually bankrupted these economies to stop their emerging competitive advantage.
Then there was the systematic and planned destruction of the USSR in order to take control of Kazahkstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbeckistan et al – all a question of oil, oil and more oil.
Remember the first, engineered, world petrol crisis in the 70’s when the seven sisters made gazillions in profits in order to pay for the construction of a fleet of supertankers ? And why ? Because Nasser of Egypt understood what Prime Minister Mossadegh of Iran had dared to do in 1955 – nationalise his country’s natural oil resources instead of being teated as third class citizens and seeing all the wealth being siphoned off by UK and US interests. A C.I.A coup d’état left 5.000 of his supporters dead and Mossadegh himself was due to be hanged but finally was exiled. That is what America means by “Policing the World”. After that America put in the Shah…and look at how that worked out. Same story for all their made-in-USA coup d’états and stitched up dictators who then either did good (and so were assassinated or overthrown) or ruined their country – and reigned like kings for decades while their people suffered economic reversal.
And what about the destabilising of Egypt, and Sudan, the made-up wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya…the incessant covert operations and assassinations worldwide, the continued backing of the military dictatorship that is Israel and the cautioning of the massive murder of Palestinians. Do not they, just like any people in the world, deserve to see their economy flourish instead of being held under the hand of a ridiculously empowered small nation ? Again, it’s not the Israelis’ fault that they are effectively obliged to submit to imposed dictatorship, but dammit they should do more to stop and demonstrate ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ! Just as the American people should do too.
America’s consumption, is perfectly unsustainable while it remains the world’s biggest polluter and incidentally has critically damaged the world’s environments and atmosphere more than any other country. The wars it has carried out to protect the American way of life at the cost of the right of other nations to live peacefully in their own traditional ways, is absolutely outrageous, arrogant beyond belief, and a heavy heritage for future generations of Americans.
No empire has lasted. And today America’s inequivocable auto-proclaimed righteousness is but a mask for its underhand international manoeuvering. Nobody asked America to be the Police of the World. And America is absolutely not policing the World, it is invading, crushing, overthrowing, imposing dictators and ruin wherever it feels it needs to – at no matter the cost to the environment and very importantly the human lives that are just “collatoral damages”. Millions upon millions have died horrifically and/or endured economic starvation because of America’s unchecked, immoral, and destructive self-imposition.
The worst of the recent American leaders, and their close domestic and international cohorts, need to be brought to face World Justice for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. The American dollar needs to be replaced as an imposed currency. America must be made to pay retribution payments for the false wars and murders and assassinations it has carried out globally in its furious gallop to secure resources for its cancerous rate of consumption. America’s veto needs to be abolished. America, if needs be, should suffer a 100 % embargo until it accepts that although powerful, it is just another country on a globe with finite resources. Very importantly, American dark-side lobbyists should be banned from every governmental and international instance in the world !
America should be driving world peace, driving world reductions in consumption, notably in America itself where the greatest reductions in consumption must be imposed to bring it in line with other countries. American researchers and scientists know what to do but are totally disempowered. America should and could be a leader for the global good. Instead it is the “dark side”, attracting, for the moment, a limited amount of anger from those peoples and countries where it has wrought pure unadulterated havoc.
The American people do not deserve to be the target of enraged maniacs. The occidental peoples do not deserve to be the, much closer, targets of enraged maniacs. Neither should Europe be subject to massive immigration issues and future destabilisation due to America’s wars in the Middle East and Africa. America’s war, America’s problem. But tell that to all the French who died recently in the simultaneous attacks in Paris. All these attacks are just “backflow” from american intervention in sovereign states where they have no legitimate right to be there in the first place. This is forced colonisation, the conquering of nations, this is world enslavery.
If this is the American Way, then it must be stopped. And if it is Europe, or Russia, or China, or all three together that concert to bring America and the american people to its senses, then I’ll sign up for that immediately. So watch out good ol’ US of A, your global pervasive and perverted antics are seriously screwing with the lives of 7 billion people. Oh, and just for the record, how many of you are there ? Hmmm, I rest my case !
evil comes in many different shapes, sizes and colors! in the U. S. A. evil comes with a name: OBAMA!!!
evil comes in many different shapes, sizes and colors! in the U. S. A. evil comes with a name: OBAMA!!!
This is what I have been trying to pass on but we have some very stupid people who do think any of this true and it will not effect them and their families just us unbelievers of their great Obama who is going to cut their heads off. I had a friend who is a very smart man who asked me not to continue sending these trash emails which is saying what is going on with these things Obama is doing. He checks with Snoop an believes what they tell if any thing in these reports are true or not. Who are this Snoop people?Is it Snoop Dog or something like they who are they? He only believes them when they tell if a story is true or not.
Awesome !!! so true….it’s the same old story…post WW2 Asia, post ww2 Europe, The Cold War, Operation Ohio, CAT, Air America, Operation Gladdio, and The P-2,
Operation Phoenix, Indonesia (1965) where even more and larger mass extermination and murder (with direct US involvement), Iran (1952/’53), Operation Northwoods, Operations Mongoose and its “sister” JM/Wave, Operation Condor, Guatamala, El Salvador, Chile (1972/’73), “police actions”, (invasions and wars, & endless incursions, = BIG $$$: war, foreign natural resources, massive drug trade–look up Smedley Butler !), covertly formed/trained/supported/funded Proxy armies/ cadres/ militias, “freedom fighters”, (“our” terrorists–killers, thugs, punks, rapists, assassins, beheaders),— coups, overthrows, assassinations, attempted assassinations “random” accidents , fake terror and/or fake terror “scares”, “missing” or “crashed” planes…
“lone nuts” or repackaged now as “lone wolf’s” and… oh yes…now bicycle accidents” and “broken femurs”…I expect the North Carolina Shark attacks to soon be explained by CNN and followed by MSNBC as ISIS inspired….and capable of walking on land…ISIS sharknado for “your looking over your shoulder” this July 4th…But they really don’t want to really scare you…..just make you look over your shoulder for NO reason….
David T. Krall
Whats happening in the Middle East is a decades old plot by the United States to take full control of that region so we can control its natural resources. ISIS, Al Qeada, etc. are only tools used to accomplish this as is the government of Saudi Arabia , Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Israel is funded by the U.S. For the same reason. Iran is the last obsticle in the way. The author of this article needs to think long term strategy instead of whining about injustices. If we do not control that region, Russia or China will. I don’t enjoy human suffering or death but the prospect of one of those two giants controlling that region looks even worse. Picture a truly collapsing U.S. economy and infrastructure due to our inability to access the resources we need. If you still think the alternative seems appealing, be prepared to face the reality that will be our country being controlled by Russia and China and many of your great privlages you enjoy as a citizen disappearing.
If the economy collapses it’s because people here at home help orchestrate it. Going on these endless wars and sending money to empower Al-Qaeda type groups only adds to the biggest national security threat we have: our economy collapsing, being that the problem is Washington”s unwillingness to stop spending recklessly
And having nearly exhausted your own resources you see no moral issue in invading and murdering to grab other’s resources. You have just written a recipe for WW3. Ah, but it’s worth it.. I hear you say .
Obama would love you.