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    The ISIS Beheadings You Won’t Hear About

    But that shows how ISIS targets its audience



    ISIS released a video on Saturday showing militants beheading three Arabic-speaking prisoners. Called “Harvest of the Apostates,” the high-quality clip features common characteristics of ISIS propaganda: interviews with the hostages, up-close shots of their faces, complete subtitles, animated graphics and gruesome, unflinching footage of three men being beheaded with bowie knives.


    So far, no Western media appear to have reported on the release, which isn’t that surprising, but it does sit in stark contrast to the coverage given on Friday to the Islamic State’s unconfirmed claims that a U.S.-led coalition airstrike had killed American aid worker and ISIS hostage Kayla Jean Mueller. Further, last week’s release of a video showing captive Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Ksasbeh burned alive received a massive amount of press—partly because Jordan is a comparatively Western-friendly state, and one that is involved in the fight against ISIS, and partly because the king of Jordan was in the U.S. at the time.


    Even this under-the-radar video shows how ISIS plays the media like a violin. Its videos of the executions of Westerners, or Western-friendly infidels, are produced for a Western audience. They are polished in production and subtitled in English—so you can imagine the delight in ISIS HQ when Fox News in the U.S. aired the execution video in full online. This latest video, on the other hand, had subtitles only in Arabic. These victims are Muslims who worked for the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a battle on the Tabqa air base near the Syrian city of Raqqa. It was carefully shot, for sure, but ISIS knew the men wouldn’t get any play in the Western press, so it was crafted solely for an Arabic-speaking audience.

    ISIS is known to have beheaded over 200 people, the majority of whom were not American or European. They were Syrians, Afghanis and Iraqis. ISIS executed 100 foreign fighters who tried to escape from the group’s headquarters in Raqqa in December 2014—between American photojournalist Peter Kassig’s execution in October 2014 and the beheadings of both Japanese hostages in January 2015. American coverage of the massacre is nearly impossible to find. Now that ISIS is reportedly out of Western hostages, it’s hard to say what the group will have to do to get airtime in America.


    http://www.vocativ.com/world/isis-2/...ource=outbrain

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    ISIS Member Claims The U.S. Has Secretly Been Funding Their Operations

    The Islamic State (ISIS) commander in Pakistan has reportedly confessed to receiving funds routed through the US to recruit militants to fight in the Syrian civil war.


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    An alleged ISIS member who is thought to be a Pakistani commander named Yousaf al-Salafi, has said that the terror group receives regular funding from the United States.

    Al-Salafi has confessed to the Pakistani ISI intelligence agency, that he has received funds for the terror group via U.S. funders.

    Al-Salafi was arrested in Lahore, along with two companions, on January 22, according to the news agency, the AFP.

    “During investigations, Yousaf al Salafi revealed that he was getting funding – routed through America – to run the organization in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria,” the Urdu-language Daily Express reported from a source in the ISI, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

    The news agency’s sister newspaper The Express Tribune said that he has been receiving around $600 per person he sends to Syria for training.

    “The US has been condemning the IS activities but unfortunately has not been able to stop funding of these organizations, which is being routed through the US. The US had to dispel the impression that it is financing the group for its own interests and that is why it launched offensive against the organization in Iraq but not in Syria,” the source reported.

    Still, Al-Salafi did not specify who he has been receiving funds from in the U.S., though the implications were that it was funding given via government sources.

    “Yes that is true as this issue was raised several times in the local media and even in the diplomatic corridors between US and Pakistan and there was media reporters here suggesting that hundreds of recruits have been exported to train from Pakistan,” the anonymous Pakistani intel source told the Sputnik news agency.

    Reuters reported last week that Al-Salafi’s identity is a terror leader who comes from a Pakistani-Syrian background. He came to Pakistan via Turkey only five months ago, and quickly established an ISIS cell there which has flourished and carried out attacks against Shiah Muslims.


    http://www.mintpressnews.com/isis-me...ations/201681/

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    Quote Originally Posted by islamirama View Post

    The creation of the ISIL terrorist group was part of a “false flag operation” by the United States and Israel to spread “Islamophobia” against Muslims, a journalist says.

    It is well known that the Muslims who are members of the Islamic State and kill everybody they can find, are great admirers of the USA and wish to assist the USA as much as possible.

    So, they work with Mossad and kill Muslims and blow up Mosques.

    Makes sense



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    Quote Originally Posted by Athiest View Post


    It is well known that the Muslims who are members of the Islamic State and kill everybody they can find, are great admirers of the USA and wish to assist the USA as much as possible.

    So, they work with Mossad and kill Muslims and blow up Mosques.

    Makes sense


    There is more evidence and statements from government officials and others to suggest another fake "al qaeda" boogey man set up by the west as "ISIS" to further their war mongering than anything else. Even those that were hostages and came back alive state they never seen these so called "Muslim" fighters read Quran or prayer. In fact, they are seen prostrating in different directions in their own pictures, ignorant of which way is the right direction. I"m not saying there are no Muslims among them, there are many naive, stupid, ignorant and brain washed by western agents who go to join up. And many of them who want to leave after seeing the reality are killed as punishment. This ISIS is just another fake bogey man, west needed a new bogey man since Osama was "supposedly" taken out by them and no one believes al qaeda propaganda anymore. There's ample evidence presented in the articles provided here to see the truth from lies.

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    Ancient statues destroyed by ISIS fake, real ones safe – report

    March 15, 2015

    The ancient statues that Islamic State militants smashed in Mosul on camera last month have been proved to be exact replicas of precious artifacts of Iraqi heritage. The real masterpieces of antiquity are said to be in Baghdad.

    “They were copies. The originals are all here,” Baghdad’s museum director told Germany’s Deutsche Welle.

    The head of the antiquity department in Iraq’s cultural heritage authority, Fawzye al-Mahdi, also told the German broadcaster that “none” of the artifacts “were originals.”

    This, experts say, explains why in a video that shows the destruction statues crumble so easily.

    “The reason they crumble so easily is that they're made of plaster. You can see iron bars inside," Mark Altaweel of the Institute of Archaeology at University College, London said to Channel 4.

    However, Mosul’s exiled governor Atheel Nuafi, said that, while many of destroyed items were not originals, but there were real ones demolished afterward.

    “There were two items that were real and which the militants destroyed,” he told Iraq television. “One is a winged bull and the other was the God of Rozhan.” He also said that before destroying the museum, ISIS militants could have stolen several items.

    A video appeared on Youtube in February, showing several men crashing museum statues and winged bulls monuments securing gates of ancient Nineveh, located not far away from Mosul.

    Mosul Museum has the second biggest collection of ancient relics in Iraq. It owned dozens of thousands of items from Nineveh and other ancient centers of Northern Mesopotamia. In 2003, at the height of operation against Saddam Hussein, the museum was ransacked by looters, but its workers managed to save most valuable masterpieces and moved them to Baghdad before the city assault. Meanwhile, some important items were still kept there including an ancient statues and ceramics collection.

    In summer 2014, ISIS took over Mosul and began destroying ritual constructions as relics are considered by the militants as “worthless idols”.

    It’s not just ancient statues but also temples which the Islamic State targets. Thus, jihadists razed to the ground the Mosque of the Prophet Yunus, equaled to Bible’s Jonah, the Mosque of the Prophet Jerjis worshiped by Shiah Muslims and other relics, including those honored by Christians Assyrians.

    In February 2015 ISIS also burned the city’s library as well as the libraries of a Dominican monastery and of a Catholic church. Hundreds of thousands books, rare Iraqi newspapers from the beginning of the 20th century and Ottoman Empire period maps and books were also burned or exploded in archives, while a small portion of the collection was carried off by truck in an unknown direction.

    ISIS did not stop at Mosul and later in March demolished the remains of the ancient city of Hatra in the north of the country, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1987, following a “bulldozing” of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud.

    This week, the Islamic States threatened to beyond Iraq and destroy Egypt's Sphinx and pyramids as it was time for Muslims to erase the pharaohs' heritage.

    Earlier, Iraqi Tourism and Antiquities Minister Adel Shirshab called on the US-led coalition “to activate its air strikes” to defend the cultural heritage of the country.

    Shirshab and the head of the antiquities board, Qais Rasheed, said the coalition did not do enough to prevent the attacks in the ancient cities. They insist the coalition troops were able to see at least the preparations of the militants to bulldozing of Hatra.

    In response to the calls and accusations, the highest military-ranking officer in the US on ruled out immediate airstrikes.

    “Military campaigns are all about priorities,” General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stressed and then pointed out that the US would consider protecting heritage sites “as priorities shift.”

    “We will consider it, but it will have to fit into all the other things we are being asked to do on behalf of Iraq,” the Wall Street Journal cited Dempsey as saying.

    At the same time, the United States plan to return to Iraq 60 cultural artifacts which were illegally smuggled to the U.S. According to the country’s state department, archeological items will be repatriated on Monday.

    “At a time when ISIL is destroying the ancient monuments and artifacts of Iraq’s rich history, the United States continues to work towards preserving its historical legacy for the Iraqi people and for the world,” the statement added, using one of the militant group’s former abbreviations.


    http://rt.com/news/240801-isis-destroy-statues-fake/


    Comments:

    johnlocke445 15.03 14:29:

    Everything that ISIS does is planned and executed by the CIA. They are starting to get lazy and inefficient in what they do. ISIS is simply a group of about 300 Arab film makers, soundmen and actors that put together short films of violence and mayhem. The boogeyman must always be presented to me and my fellow Americans so, when the time comes, we will give up our rights with a smile and a "Thank You". Please remember America, look under your bed tonight before going to sleep. There might be an ISIS monster waiting to take your life and the life of your family.

    Captain 15.03 14:19

    ISIS ( like Al-quaeda) is funded and trained by Israel and the Bush faction of the CIA. See Veterans Today for reports.


    Alex Ramsey 15.03 05:23

    The jews send them to steal .....Even before the Iraq war the jews already selected the goods they were interested in....



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    Iraqi Army Downs Two British Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL Terrorists

    February 24, 2015

    al-Anbar province: numerous flights by US-led coalition planes airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIL in terrorist-held areas.

    There are no reports in the Western mainstream media pertaining to this issue.

    This report is based on statements emanating from the Iraq parliament, with photographic evidence. We have not been in a position to corroborate this report by FARS News.

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    Iraq’s army has shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons for the ISIL terrorists in Al-Anbar province, a senior lawmaker disclosed on Monday.

    “The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL,” Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

    He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard.

    The senior Iraqi legislator further unveiled that the government in Baghdad is receiving daily reports from people and security forces in al-Anbar province on numerous flights by the US-led coalition planes that airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIL in terrorist-held areas.

    The Iraqi lawmaker further noted the cause of such western aids to the terrorist group, and explained that the US prefers a chaotic situation in Anbar Province which is near the cities of Karbala and Baghdad as it does not want the ISIL crisis to come to an end.

    Earlier today, a senior Iraqi provincial official lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, revealing that US and Israeli-made weapons have been discovered from the areas purged of ISIL terrorists.

    “We have discovered weapons made in the US, European countries and Israel from the areas liberated from ISIL’s control in Al-Baqdadi region,” the Al-Ahad news website quoted Head of Al-Anbar Provincial Council Khalaf Tarmouz as saying.

    He noted that the weapons made by the European countries and Israel were discovered from the terrorists in the Eastern parts of the city of Ramadi.

    Al-Zameli had also disclosed in January that the anti-ISIL coalition’s planes have dropped weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL in Salahuddin, Al-Anbar and Diyala provinces.

    Al-Zameli underlined that the coalition is the main cause of ISIL’s survival in Iraq.

    There are proofs and evidence for the US-led coalition’s military aid to ISIL terrorists through air(dropped cargoes),” he told FNA in January.

    He noted that the members of his committee have already proved that the US planes have dropped advanced weaponry, including anti-aircraft weapons, for the ISIL, and that it has set up an investigation committee to probe into the matter.

    “The US drops weapons for the ISIL on the excuse of not knowing about the whereabouts of the ISIL positions and it is trying to distort the reality with its allegations.

    He noted that the committee had collected the data and the evidence provided by eyewitnesses, including Iraqi army officers and the popular forces, and said, “These documents are given to the investigation committee … and the necessary measures will be taken to protect the Iraqi airspace.”

    Also in January, another senior Iraqi legislator reiterated that the US-led coalition is the main cause of ISIL’s survival in Iraq.

    “The international coalition is only an excuse for protecting the ISIL and helping the terrorist group with equipment and weapons,” Jome Divan, who is member of the al-Sadr bloc in the Iraqi parliament, said.

    He said the coalition’s support for the ISIL is now evident to everyone, and continued, “The coalition has not targeted ISIL’s main positions in Iraq.”

    In late December, Iraqi Parliamentary Security and Defense Commission MP disclosed that a US plane supplied the ISIL terrorist organization with arms and ammunition in Salahuddin province.

    MP Majid al-Gharawi stated that the available information pointed out that US planes are supplying ISIL organization, not only in Salahuddin province, but also other provinces, Iraq TradeLink reported.

    He added that the US and the international coalition are “not serious in fighting against the ISIL organization, because they have the technological power to determine the presence of ISIL gunmen and destroy them in one month”.

    Gharawi added that “the US is trying to expand the time of the war against the ISIL to get guarantees from the Iraqi government to have its bases in Mosul and Anbar provinces.”

    Salahuddin security commission also disclosed that “unknown planes threw arms and ammunition to the ISIL gunmen Southeast of Tikrit city”.

    Also in Late December, a senior Iraqi lawmaker raised doubts about the seriousness of the anti-ISIL coalition led by the US, and said that the terrorist group still received aids dropped by unidentified aircraft.

    “The international coalition is not serious about air strikes on ISIL terrorists and is even seeking to take out the popular (voluntary) forces from the battlefield against the Takfiris so that the problem with ISIL remains unsolved in the near future,” Nahlah al-Hababi told FNA.

    “The ISIL terrorists are still receiving aids from unidentified fighter jets in Iraq and Syria,” she added.

    Hababi said that the coalition’s precise airstrikes are launched only in those areas where the Kurdish Pishmarga forces are present, while military strikes in other regions are not so much precise.

    In late December, the US-led coalition dropped aids to the Takfiri militants in an area North of Baghdad.

    Field sources in Iraq told al-Manar that the international coalition airplanes dropped aids to the terrorist militants in Balad, an area which lies in Salahuddin province North of Baghdad.

    In October, a high-ranking Iranian commander also slammed the US for providing aid supplies to ISIL, adding that the US claims that the weapons were mistakenly airdropped to ISIL were untrue.

    “The US and the so-called anti-ISIL coalition claim that they have launched a campaign against this terrorist and criminal group – while supplying them with weapons, food and medicine in Jalawla region (a town in Diyala Governorate, Iraq). This explicitly displays the falsity of the coalition’s and the US’ claims,” Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said.

    The US claimed that it had airdropped weapons and medical aid to Kurdish fighters confronting the ISIL in Kobani, near the Turkish border in Northern Syria.

    The US Defense Department said that it had airdropped 28 bundles of weapons and supplies, but one of them did not make it into the hands of the Kurdish fighters.

    Video footage later showed that some of the weapons that the US airdropped were taken by ISIL militants.

    The Iranian commander insisted that the US had the necessary intelligence about ISIL’s deployment in the region and that their claims to have mistakenly airdropped weapons to them are as unlikely as they are untrue.


    http://www.globalresearch.ca/iraqi-a...orists/5433089

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    Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq


    The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin Gildo, accused of terrorism in Syria, collapsed after it became clear British intelligence had been arming the same rebel groups the defendant was charged with supporting.

    The prosecution abandoned the case, apparently to avoid embarrassing the intelligence services. The defence argued that going ahead with the trial would have been an “affront to justice” when there was plenty of evidence the British state was itself providing “extensive support” to the armed Syrian opposition.

    That didn’t only include the “non-lethal assistance” boasted of by the government (including body armour and military vehicles), but training, logistical support and the secret supply of “arms on a massive scale”. Reports were cited that MI6 had cooperated with the CIA on a “rat line” of arms transfers from Libyan stockpiles to the Syrian rebels in 2012 after the fall of the Gaddafi regime.

    Clearly, the absurdity of sending someone to prison for doing what ministers and their security officials were up to themselves became too much. But it’s only the latest of a string of such cases. Less fortunate was a London cab driver Anis Sardar, who was given a life sentence a fortnight earlier for taking part in 2007 in resistance to the occupation of Iraq by US and British forces. Armed opposition to illegal invasion and occupation clearly doesn’t constitute terrorism or murder on most definitions, including the Geneva convention.

    But terrorism is now squarely in the eye of the beholder. And nowhere is that more so than in the Middle East, where today’s terrorists are tomorrow’s fighters against tyranny – and allies are enemies – often at the bewildering whim of a western policymaker’s conference call.

    For the past year, US, British and other western forces have been back in Iraq, supposedly in the cause of destroying the hyper-sectarian terror group Islamic State (formerly known as al-Qaida in Iraq). This was after Isis overran huge chunks of Iraqi and Syrian territory and proclaimed a self-styled Islamic caliphate.
    The campaign isn’t going well. Last month, Isis rolled into the Iraqi city of Ramadi, while on the other side of the now nonexistent border its forces conquered the Syrian town of Palmyra. Al-Qaida’s official franchise, the Nusra Front, has also been making gains in Syria.

    Some Iraqis complain that the US sat on its hands while all this was going on.

    A revealing light on how we got here has now been shone by a recently declassified secret US intelligence report, written in August 2012, which uncannily predicts – and effectively welcomes – the prospect of a “Salafist principality” in eastern Syria and an al-Qaida-controlled Islamic state in Syria and Iraq. In stark contrast to western claims at the time, the Defense Intelligence Agency document identifies al-Qaida in Iraq (which became Isis) and fellow Salafists as the “major forces driving the insurgency in Syria” – and states that “western countries, the Gulf states and Turkey” were supporting the opposition’s efforts to take control of eastern Syria.

    Raising the “possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality”, the Pentagon report goes on, “this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran)”.

    Which is pretty well exactly what happened two years later. The report isn’t a policy document. It’s heavily redacted and there are ambiguities in the language. But the implications are clear enough. A year into the Syrian rebellion, the US and its allies weren’t only supporting and arming an opposition they knew to be dominated by extreme sectarian groups; they were prepared to countenance the creation of some sort of “Islamic state” – despite the “grave danger” to Iraq’s unity – as a Sunni buffer to weaken Syria.

    That doesn’t mean the US created Isis, of course, though some of its Gulf allies certainly played a role in it – as the US vice-president, Joe Biden, acknowledged last year. But there was no al-Qaida in Iraq until the US and Britain invaded. And the US has certainly exploited the existence of Isis against other forces in the region as part of a wider drive to maintain western control.


    In reality, US and western policy in the conflagration that is now the Middle East is in the classic mould of imperial divide-and-rule. American forces bomb one set of rebels while backing another in Syria, and mount what are effectively joint military operations with Iran against Isis in Iraq while supporting Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi forces in Yemen. However confused US policy may often be, a weak, partitioned Iraq and Syria fit such an approach perfectly.

    What’s clear is that Isis and its monstrosities won’t be defeated by the same powers that brought it to Iraq and Syria in the first place, or whose open and covert war-making has fostered it in the years since. Endless western military interventions in the Middle East have brought only destruction and division. It’s the people of the region who can cure this disease – not those who incubated the virus.


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    Staged ISIS Execution Video Leaked By Hackers

    July 12, 2015







    A group of Russian hackers called Cyber Berkut have released a video showing a staged ISIS beheading, hacked from an electronic device from one of the staff of U.S. Senator John McCain.

    The fake ISIS execution appears to take place inside a film studio and shows a ‘prisoner’ (played by an actor) going through the motions of being ‘executed’ in front of several video cameras.

    Another actor is dressed as an ISIS executioner who puts a knife to the throat of the prisoner and goes through the motions of cutting him.A group of Russian hackers called Cyber Berkut have released a video showing a staged ISIS beheading, hacked from an electronic device from one of the staff of U.S. Senator John McCain.

    The fake ISIS execution appears to take place inside a film studio and shows a ‘prisoner’ (played by an actor) going through the motions of being ‘executed’ in front of several video cameras.

    Another actor is dressed as an ISIS executioner who puts a knife to the throat of the prisoner and goes through the motions of cutting him.

    Veteranstoday.com reports:

    Recall that since August 2014, the terrorists of the Islamic State have released several videos of executions. Their victims were yet miraculously calm, made their last words and died in the arms of terrorists. Many Internet users have seen these videos as being fictional, particularly because of the reactions of the tortured and the quality of the videos.

    The Americans have repeatedly been blamed for having made videos of the group the Islamic State. Thus, a student from the University of Nevada Ivy Zidrich stated to Jeb Bush that his brother, the former a US president George Bush, had created the Organization of the ISIS.

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    Former CIA Contractor: ‘ISIS is a Completely Fabricated Enemy and Funded By the United States


    by Realities Watch · January 1, 2015



    Former CIA contractor Steven Kelley says that the ISIS terrorist group is a fabricated enemy and funded by the United States.


    “This is a completely fabricated enemy,” he said in a phone interview with Press TV from Anaheim, California on Thursday.


    “The funding is completely from the United States and its allies and for people to think that this enemy is something that needs to be attacked in Syria or Iraq is a farce because obviously this is something that we create it, we control and only now it has become inconvenient for us to attack this group as a legitimate enemy,” Kelley added.


    He made the remarks as US President Barack Obama is under pressure to seek congressional approval before expanding Washington’s military air campaign against ISIS targets from Iraq into neighboring Syria.


    The Pentagon has already launched at least 100 airstrikes on ISIS positions in northern Iraq since Obama authorized the use of force against the terrorist group earlier this month.

    The White House insists it does not need explicit congressional authorization for those operations because they are intended to protect American personnel and interests inside the Arab country.


    White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that Obama “will not hesitate to use his authority” to keep Americans safe, but added that the president was “committed to coordinating and consulting with Congress” on a decision to hit ISIS targets in Syria.


    “If you want to get to the root of the problem and remove this organization, the first thing they need to do is to remove the funding and take care of entities responsible for the creation of this group,” Kelley said.


    “I believe that this ISIS group would probably go away, would be easily defeated by the armies of [Syrian President] Bashar Assad,” he said.
    Source: Press TV

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    ISIS is working on Mossad/CIA Plan to Create Greater Israel




    Is Syria’s destruction a part of the Zionist plan to create a ‘Greater Israel’ ?


    The Plan — according to U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.): In an interview with Amy Goodman on March 2, 2007, U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.), explains that the Bush Administration planned to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan, Iran


    ‘The Greater Israel Project’ Explained by Ken O’Keefe:

    Ken explains the concept of ‘The Greater Israel Project’ and the balkanization of surrounding countries as a means of destabilizing them. Balkanization is a geopolitical term that was originally used to describe the process of the fragmentation or division of a region or state into smaller regions or states that are often hostile or non-cooperative with one another. The head of the snake, the system of power, is headed by the financial system. The bankers rule the Earth through the private control of the issuance of money, debt-based money which we’re all supposed to pay with things like austerity measures, which allows them to provide THEMSELVES an INFINITE supply of money which means that they can buy anything and anyone so we see that the world governments are nothing but puppets of bankers who control their money supply. The bankers at the top of this pyramid are psychopaths.


    Norman Finkelstein Obliterates and Humiliates Hard Talk Host on Israel:

    Norman showed the host what it really means to “Hard Talk”.

    The Bias anchor/journalist who sides with Israel makes a mistake by challenging Norman on the Palestine and IsraHell conflict. Norman teaches her a lesson, she wont be forgetting anytime soon.

    Norman Finkelstein has devoted his life and his Doctorate degree on the Middle East and the Palestine Israel conflict.


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    Mounting Evidence Shows US Does Not Want ISIS Defeated



    The West cannot pretend to want to defeat ISIS when they refuse to coordinate with or support the only indigenous group making substantial gains against the radicals.

    Whether through nefarious planning or just plain incompetence, it seems as though the Western powers have no interest in a defeated Islamic State. The battle in Iraq caused by years of failed foreign policy rages, and the West seems to only be concerned with public relations activities.


    The Kurds are literally begging for supplies to fight the Islamic radicals. In an amazing interview with The Guardian, Captain Ibrahim expressed his surprise at being abandoned by the West.


    Captain Ibrahim is just outside of Mosul, where an offensive is scheduled to begin in April or May. That piece of information was leaked by US war planners, in what seemed like a blatant attempt to warn the Islamic State forces. He bemoaned the British who have denied Kurdish requests for heavy weapons, but are sending them to the same Iraqi forces that abandoned hundreds of armored vehicles and thousands of Humvees when then turned tail and ran from advancing IS forces. Those weapons are now being used against the Kurds who held the line while the Iraqi army regrouped.


    There was a strategy meeting held recently… the Kurds weren’t invited, even though they seem to be the only force in the area holding their own against the radicals.


    The West’s intentions are clear. The only victory that is acceptable is one led by the puppet regime in Baghdad. If the victory was led by the Kurds, it would embolden the nationalist movement in Northern Iraq. An independent Kurdistan is contrary to US business interests because the new nation might not honor the contracts western corporations have signed with the regime in Baghdad.


    There is no clearer sign of the West’s unwillingness to help the Kurds than the fact that the UK would not even sell leftover weapons from Afghanistan to the Kurdish militias that are cleaning up the coalition’s mess. Yes, the Kurds offered to pay for them. While the US is dumping billions into Israel’s war machine for new fighter jets to attack a contained Palestinian people, the Pentagon seems unwilling to give the Kurds even “hand me down” weapons so they can win a fight a common enemy.


    While the campaign contributors to America’s policymakers count their profits, the Kurdish fighters that were captured by the Islamic State were paraded through Hawija in cages similar to the one in which a Jordanian pilot was burned alive. Nobody expects them to survive the week.


    The President’s administration has used the threat of the Islamic State to seek far-reaching authorization for military operations, while the men and women who are on the front lines are left without the tools they need to defeat the enemy. This is a matter of life and death for the people of Iraq. As has been the case since 2003, the West has couldn’t care less about the suffering of the Iraqi people. All that matters is big business interests. Safely from inside the marble halls of government offices in the United States, the lack of support for the Kurds is an uncomfortable political issue that will be sorted out in due time. A few miles from the front line, the lack of heavy weapons to counter the armored vehicles isn’t uncomfortable; it’s unforgiving.

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/mountin...feated/202479/
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    Shock as ‘ISIS Contact’ turns out to be US agent


    Johannesburg – A police affidavit seen by CAGE Africa states that the person connected to ISIL who was allegedly communicating with one of the Thulsie brothers, was a US agent.

    The exact nature of the communication as well as who initiated the contact is still unclear.There have been many reports of entrapment in the US, where FBI agents act undercover and create terrorism plots using vulnerable individuals who may or may not have expressed strong views, then have the security agencies swoop in at the last minute to “disrupt the attack” and “capture a terrorist”.This is usually followed long prison sentences for these individuals, as well as press releases and interviews with journalists during which time the security agencies harness public opinion to accept more securitisation and surveillance of Muslims.

    This is all in an effort to boost a multi-billion dollar counter-terrorism industry.
    Karen Jayes, spokesperson for CAGE Africa, said:“The use of undercover agents in so-called ‘sting operations’ is key to keeping the ‘War on Terror’ alive. It is dangerous – especially since US law protects these agents to the extent that they are even allowed to advocate and encourage violence. In some cases in the US, undercover agents have even provided weapons and money. Former undercover agents have even said that the FBI is manufacturing terrorism cases.”

    “We urge the court and public to closely scrutinise these methods and the agent involved. Such individuals must not remain above the law. Entrapment is a dishonest and deceptive process. Questions must be answered as to how the agent got in touch with the Thulsie brothers and how involved he was in prompting incriminating statements and behaviour.”“The judicial process must be perceived of as being fair by the community.

    With this case, South Africa has the chance to really scrutinise what are often underhanded methods by the US in the ‘War on Terror’. CAGE Africa urges the court to do just this in an objective and courageous manner.”


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    Muslims Are the VICTIMS of "97% of Terrorism-Related Fatalities" US Government

    March 25, 2016

    The U.S. National Counterterrorism Center – the United States government organization responsible for national and international counterterrorism effortsreported in 2011 (page 14):

    In cases where the religious affiliation of terrorism casualties could be determined, Muslims suffered between 82 and 97% of terrorism-related fatalities over the past five years.


    The State Department commented:

    NCTC [i.e. the National Counterterrorism Center] maintains its statistical information on the U.S. government’s authoritative and unclassified database on terrorist acts, the Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS).
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    Muslims continued to bear the brunt of terrorism ….


    • In cases where the religious affiliation of terrorism casualties could be determined, Muslims suffered between 82 and 97 percent of terrorism-related fatalities over the past five years.
    • Muslim majority countries bore the greatest number of attacks involving 10 or more deaths ….


    According to a 2009 report published by the Counter Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Al-Qaeda kills over seven times more Muslims than non-Muslims.

    The UN reported last year that Muslims are the largest victims of ISIS in Iraq.

    In 2013, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism’s Global Terrorism Database – joint government-university program on terrorism, hosted at the University of Maryland noted that between 2004 and 2013, about half of all terrorist attacks, and 60% of fatalities due to terrorist attacks, took place in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan – all of which have a mostly Muslim population:



    The head of the Global Terrorism Database told BBC:
    While she doubts that 95% of terrorism victims are Muslim, she thinks the truth might not be far off.

    “It’s not out of the realm of possibility, given the extreme concentration of attacks in majority-Muslim countries,” Miller says.
    In other words, the vast majority of Muslims not only condemn ISIS … but they are actually bearing the brunt of ISIS’ cruelty.

    One American Muslim writes at Daily Beast:
    We Muslims despise these crazy people more than anyone else does.

    Denounce ISIS? Muslims despise ISIS. (At least those who aren’t pathological.)

    True,ISIS is compromised of people who claim to be Muslims. But the number one victim of this barbaric terror group is Muslims. That’s undisputed. ISIS has killed thousands of Muslims across the Middle East, including beheading Sunni Muslims in Iraq for failing to pledge loyalty to them, executing Imams for not submitting to them, and even killing an Imam in Iraq for simply denouncing them.

    (Muslims are also being slaughtered by ISIS for standing up and publicly opposing the terrorist group’s persecution of Christians. And as a sidenote, a 2013 study by Duke University showed that Muslim Americans helped catch more terrorism suspects and perpetrators than the United States government itself.)

    Indeed, if we want to stop ISIS, one of the most important things we can do is publicize the fact that ISIS is killing more “fellow” Muslims than any other victims. This will destroy ISIS propaganda that they are focused on a jihad or “holy war” against Christian and Jewish “occupiers”.

    As Daily Beast pointed out in 2014:
    The group’s killing of Westerners gets attention. But ISIS has killed far more Muslims, and publicizing that fact would harm it more.

    Last Thursday, the United Nations released a report that could provide us with one of the keys to defeating ISIS. Unfortunately, it received almost zero media attention. What makes this 26-page report (PDF) so powerful is that it describes to us the gruesome circumstances in which ISIS has killed fellow Muslims. We are talking beheadings, killing of women for objecting to ISIS’ policies, and executing Sunni Muslim clerics for refusing to swear allegiance to ISIS.

    Why is this important? This information can hopefully help dissuade other Muslims from joining or financially supporting ISIS. And it may even persuade other Muslim countries to join or increase their efforts in fighting ISIS. The reason being that slaughtering fellow Muslims is seen as universally wrong across the Muslim world and as a violation of Islamic values. In fact, Al Qaeda has even publicly criticized ISIS for this very conduct.
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    The leaders of ISIS are very aware that the killing of fellow Muslims—especially Sunnis- could hurt their cause in attracting support from the Sunni Muslim world. In fact, ISIS is so concerned about the possible backlash that the group’s leaders addressed this subject (PDF) in the latest issue of its online magazine.
    ***

    I wish the media would give more coverage to ISIS’ crimes against Muslims. The publicity would hurt the group’s cause tremendously, and it could also make the case to my fellow Americas that this fight is not Islam versus the West. Rather, it’s everyone who doesn’t want to live under ISIS’ brutal dictatorship versus ISIS.

    And those Muslims who gave their lives fighting against or refusing to give into ISIS in our common struggle should be recognized in the media for their bravery. It would be very powerful to see images in our media of the Muslims killed by ISIS, not just Westerners.
    How to Stop ISIS

    Unfortunately, Western governments are increasing the threat from terrorism (all of the countries we’ve “regime changed” have descended into brutal chaos, allowing ISIS and other terrorists to spread) … instead of doing the things which will stop terrorism.

    One of those things is to publicize the fact that most of ISIS’ victims are Muslim, as it will destroy ISIS propaganda.

    Postscript: Most of the terror attacks in the U.S. and Europe have actually been carried out by non-Muslims.

    And despite the appearance that we are all about to be killed by terrorists, the truth is that we are much more likely to die from a boring or bizarre accident than at the hand of a terrorist … even the fear of terrorism is arguably more dangerous than terrorism itself.

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/...atalities.html

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    Manchurian Candidate? Florida shooter told FBI that he was forced to fight for ISIS by the CIA

    2017

    Florida suspect believed intelligence agency was controlling his mind



    (INTELLIHUB) — As more and more information on the history of accused Florida mass shooter Estaban Santiago continues to be released the story seems to only get weirder.


    From witnesses claiming to see multiple other shooters to the FBI magically letting him go, we are starting to see all the signs of a sort of false flag where either the shooter had help and or was allowed to carry out the horrific attack.


    Now, new information reported by multiple mainstream news outlets indicates that the shooter actually believed he was being forced by the Central Intelligence Agency to watch ISIS propaganda videos as well as actually fight for ISIS.


    A NBC New York report on the shooter reads like a movie about Manchurian Candidates forced to do the bidding of some unknown intelligence operatives.
    “They say last November, he walked into the FBI’s office in Anchorage, Alaska, claiming that his mind was being controlled by the CIA and that it was forcing him to join ISIS. He appeared agitated and incoherent, and made disjointed statements — and although he said he didn’t wish to hurt anyone, agents were concerned by his erratic behavior and decided to call local authorities, a senior federal law enforcement official said,” read the NBC article.


    “Local police took him to a local medical facility for evaulation, and the FBI closed its assessment of Santiago after conducting database reviews, interagency checks and interviews with family members, the official said.”


    Fox News also reported that, “Estaban Santiago, the 26-year-old airline passenger accused of shooting up a baggage claim area at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood airport Friday, leaving five dead and eight injured, visited the FBI Anchorage field office and told officers he was being forced to watch ISIS videos, law enforcement sources told Fox News.”


    Shockingly, Santiago apparently had recently left a psychiatric facility before he traveled to Florida and, according to federal officials, carried out the horrific attack.


    While it is entirely plausible that Santiago was indeed simply crazy and no one was forcing him to do anything, it is worth noting that the technology to control a human being in the way that the shooter claimed actually does exist.


    Intellihub’s Shepard Ambellas not only wrote about it in multiple reports last year but also covered it in an exclusive podcast.

    While it is way too early to claim 100% that this was the case, we do know the tech exists and we do know the CIA has a long history of being involved in false flag terror


    https://www.intellihub.com/manchuria...r-isis-by-cia/

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    Sudan's President: ISIS and Boko Haram creations of Israel and US

    The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the killings in a press release as "a brutal crime" that was inconsistent with the rules and teachings of Islam

    February 19 2015

    The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Islamic group of Boko Haram are creations of the US and Israel, Sudanese President said.

    President Omar al-Bashir, in a public address said Sudan had no role in the massacre of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. Egyptian media have accused Sudan of being behind the executions.

    President Bashir claimed the Israeli intelligence of (Mossad) and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) created the extremist movements to sabotage the image of Islam and to get an opportunity to intervene in the domestic affairs of the Islamic countries.

    The Sudanese President dismissed the accusations against Sudan of sponsoring the terrorism groups.

    He called on the US to remove Sudan from the list of the countries sponsoring terrorism.

    Libya has repeatedly accused Sudan and Qatar of supporting the Libyan Islamic militias. However, the Sudanese national army has denied the accusations.


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    The governments of the world the truth about these groups, it's only the public who too stupid to see it.

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    'CIA created ISIS', says Julian Assange as Wikileaks releases 500k US cables

    WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange today said the CIA was responsible for paving the way for ISIS as the whistle blowing organisation released more than half a million formerly confidential US diplomatic cables dating back to 1979.



    On the sixth anniversary of the first infamous "Cablegate" by WikiLeaks, when it releases its first batch of sensitive US files, on November 28 2010, it has expanded its Public Library of US Diplomacy (PLUSD) with 531,525 new diplomatic cables from 1979.


    In a statement to coincide with the release of the cables, known as "Carter Cables III", Mr Assange explained how events which unfolded in 1979, had begun a series of events that led to the rise of ISIS.


    He said: "If any year could be said to be the "year zero" of our modern era, 1979 is it."


    Mr Assange said a decision by the CIA, together with Saudi Arabia, to plough billions of dollars into arming the Mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan to tackle the Soviet Union, had led to the creation of terror group al-Qaeda.


    This, in turn, he said led to the 9/11 terror strikes, the invasion of Afghanhistan and Iraq by the US, and the creation of ISIS.


    Speaking about how 1979 shaped current global events, Mr Assange said: "In the Middle East, the Iranian revolution, the Saudi Islamic uprising and the Egypt-Israel Camp David Accords led not only to the present regional power dynamic but decisively changed the relationship between oil, militant Islam and the world.


    "The uprising at Mecca permanently shifted Saudi Arabia towards Wahhabism, leading to the transnational spread of Islamic fundamentalism and the US-Saudi destabilisation of Afghanistan."


    He said at this point Osama bin Laden left his native Saudi Arabia for Pakistan to support the Afghan Mujahideen.


    He added: "The invasion of Afghanistan by the USSR would see Saudi Arabia and the CIA push billions of dollars to Mujahideen fighters as part of Operation Cyclone, fomenting the rise of al-Qaeda and the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union.


    "The 1979 current of Islamification spread to Pakistan where the US embassy was burned to the ground and Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed.


    "The Iranian hostage crisis would go on to fatally undermine Jimmy Carter's presidency and see the election of Ronald Reagan.


    "The rise of al-Qaeda eventually bore the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, enabling the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq and over a decade of war, leaving, at its end, the ideological, financial and geographic basis for ISIS."


    The election of Margaret Thatcher as British Prime Minister and the Three Mile Island nuclear incident are some of the incidents during the year cited by Assange.


    Other events of the year included in the cables are papers on the Irish Republican Army (IRA), who in 1979 killed Lord Mountbatten, cousin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, and the Iranian hostage crisis, which saw 66 Americans taken hostage after 3,000 Iranian students raided the US embassy in Tehran.


    Mr Assange added: "In 1979 it seemed as if the blood would never stop.


    "Dozens of countries saw assassinations, coups, revolts, bombings, political kidnappings and wars of liberation."


    The Carter Cables III bring WikiLeaks' total published US diplomatic cable collection to 3.3 million documents.

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    Daesh designed to spread chaos in Islamic world


    By Kevin Barrett on June 8, 2017



    Kevin Barrett, an author and a Middle East expert from Madison, breaks down the propaganda campaign by Western media and Daesh itself to introduce the terrorist group as an Islamic entity.

    “Daesh is not a radical Islamic group, it is a radical anti-Islamic group designed to spread fitnah and chaos in the world of Islam,” Barrett told Press TV on Thursday.

    The Daesh terrorist group claims it is representing all Muslims, but in fact their ideology is at loggerheads with that of all Muslim nations, he noted.

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/06...islamic-world/

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    How America Made ISIS

    09/02/2014

    Their Videos and Ours, Their “Caliphate” and Ours

    Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

    Whatever your politics, you’re not likely to feel great about America right now. After all, there’s Ferguson (the whole world was watching!), an increasingly unpopular president, a Congress whose approval ratings make the president look like a rock star, rising poverty, weakening wages, and a growing inequality gap just to start what could be a long list. Abroad, from Libya and Ukraine to Iraq and the South China Sea, nothing has been coming up roses for the U.S. Polls reflect a general American gloom, with 71% of the public claiming the country is “on the wrong track.” We have the look of a superpower down on our luck.

    What Americans have needed is a little pick-me-up to make us feel better, to make us, in fact, feel distinctly good. Certainly, what official Washington has needed in tough times is a bona fide enemy so darn evil, so brutal, so barbaric, so inhuman that, by contrast, we might know just how exceptional, how truly necessary to this planet we really are.

    In the nick of time, riding to the rescue comes something new under the sun: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), recently renamed Islamic State (IS). It’s a group so extreme that even al-Qaeda rejected it, so brutal that it’s brought back crucifixion, beheading, waterboarding, and amputation, so fanatical that it’s ready to persecute any religious group within range of its weapons, so grimly beyond morality that it’s made the beheading of an innocent American a global propaganda phenomenon. If you’ve got a label that’s really, really bad like genocide or ethnic cleansing, you can probably apply it to ISIS’s actions.

    It has also proven so effective that its relatively modest band of warrior jihadis has routed the Syrian and Iraqi armies, as well as the Kurdish pesh merga militia, taking control of a territory larger than Great Britain in the heart of the Middle East. Today, it rules over at least four million people, controls its own functioning oil fields and refineries (and so their revenues as well as infusions of money from looted banks, kidnapping ransoms, and Gulf state patrons). Despite opposition, it still seems to be expanding and claims it has established a caliphate.

    A Force So Evil You’ve Got to Do Something


    Facing such pure evil, you may feel a chill of fear, even if you’re a top military or national security official, but in a way you’ve gotta feel good, too. It’s not everyday that you have an enemy your president can term a “cancer”; that your secretary of state can call the “face” of “ugly, savage, inexplicable, nihilistic, and valueless evil” which “must be destroyed”; that your secretary of defense can denounce as “barbaric” and lacking a “standard of decency, of responsible human behavior... an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else”; that your chairman of the joint chiefs of staff can describe as “an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated”; and that a retired general and former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan can brand a “scourge... beyond the pale of humanity [that]... must be eradicated.”

    Talk about a feel-good feel-bad situation for the leadership of a superpower that’s seen better days! Such threatening evil calls for only one thing, of course: for the United States to step in. It calls for the Obama administration to dispatch the bombers and drones in a slowly expanding air war in Iraq and, sooner or later, possibly Syria. It falls on Washington’s shoulders to organize a new “coalition of the willing” from among various backers and opponents of the Assad regime in Syria, from among those who have armed and funded the extremist rebels in that country, from the ethnic/religious factions in the former Iraq, and from various NATO countries. It calls for Washington to transform Iraq’s leadership (a process no longer termed “regime change”) and elevate a new man capable of reuniting the Shiites, the Sunnis, and the Kurds, now at each other’s throats, into one nation capable of turning back the extremist tide. If not American “boots on the ground,” it calls for proxy ones of various sorts that the U.S. military will naturally have a hand in training, arming, funding, and advising. Facing such evil, what other options could there be?

    If all of this sounds strangely familiar, it should. Minus a couple of invasions, the steps being considered or already in effect to deal with “the threat of ISIS” are a reasonable summary of the last 13 years of what was once called the Global War on Terror and now has no name at all. New as ISIS may be, a little history is in order, since that group is, at least in part, America’s legacy in the Middle East.

    Give Osama bin Laden some credit. After all, he helped set us on the path to ISIS. He and his ragged band had no way of creating the caliphate they dreamed of or much of anything else. But he did grasp that goading Washington into something that looked like a crusader’s war with the Muslim world might be an effective way of heading in that direction.

    In other words, before Washington brings its military power fully to bear on the new “caliphate,” a modest review of the post-9/11 years might be appropriate. Let’s start at the moment when those towers in New York had just come down, thanks to a small group of mostly Saudi hijackers, and almost 3,000 people were dead in the rubble. At that time, it wasn’t hard to convince Americans that there could be nothing worse, in terms of pure evil, than Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

    Establishing an American Caliphate


    Facing such unmatchable evil, the United States officially went to war as it might have against an enemy military power. Under the rubric of the Global War on Terror, the Bush administration launched the unmatchable power of the U.S. military and its paramilitarized intelligence agencies against... well, what? Despite those dramatic videos of al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan, that organization had no military force worth the name, and despite what you’ve seen on “Homeland,” no sleeper cells in the U.S. either; nor did it have the ability to mount follow-up operations any time soon.

    In other words, while the Bush administration talked about “draining the swamp” of terror groups in up to 60 countries, the U.S. military was dispatched against what were essentially will-o’-the-wisps, largely representing Washington’s own conjured fears and fantasies. It was, that is, initially sent against bands of largely inconsequential Islamic extremists, scattered in tiny numbers in the tribal backlands of Afghanistan or Pakistan and, of course, the rudimentary armies of the Taliban.

    It was, to use a word that George W. Bush let slip only once, something like a “crusade,” something close to a religious war, if not against Islam itself — American officials piously and repeatedly made that clear — then against the idea of a Muslim enemy, as well as against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and later Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. In each case, Washington mustered a coalition of the willing, ranging from Arab and South or Central Asian states to European ones, sent in air power followed twice by full-scale invasions and occupations, mustered local politicians of our choice in major “nation-building” operations amid much self-promotional talk about democracy, and built up vast new military and security apparatuses, supplying them with billions of dollars in training and arms.

    Looking back, it’s hard not to think of all of this as a kind of American jihadism, as well as an attempt to establish what might have been considered an American caliphate in the region (though Washington had far kinder descriptive terms for it). In the process, the U.S. effectively dismantled and destroyed state power in each of the three main countries in which it intervened, while ensuring the destabilization of neighboring countries and finally the region itself.

    In that largely Muslim part of the world, the U.S. left a grim record that we in this country generally tend to discount or forget when we decry the barbarism of others. We are now focused in horror on ISIS’s video of the murder of journalist James Foley, a propaganda document clearly designed to drive Washington over the edge and into more active opposition to that group.

    We, however, ignore the virtual library of videos and other imagery the U.S. generated, images widely viewed (or heard about and discussed) with no less horror in the Muslim world than ISIS’s imagery is in ours. As a start, there were the infamous “screen saver” images straight out of the Marquis de Sade from Abu Ghraib prison. There, Americans tortured and abused Iraqi prisoners, while creating their own iconic version of crucifixion imagery. Then there were the videos that no one (other than insiders) saw, but that everyone heard about. These, the CIA took of the repeated torture and abuse of al-Qaeda suspects in its “black sites.” In 2005, they were destroyed by an official of that agency, lest they be screened in an American court someday. There was also the Apache helicopter video released by WikiLeaks in which American pilots gunned down Iraqi civilians on the streets of Baghdad (including two Reuters correspondents), while on the sound track the crew are heard wisecracking. There was the video of U.S. troops urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. There were the trophy photos of body parts brought home by U.S. soldiers. There were the snuff films of the victims of Washington’s drone assassination campaigns in the tribal backlands of the planet (or “bug splat,” as the drone pilots came to call the dead from those attacks) and similar footage from helicopter gunships. There was the bin Laden snuff film video from the raid on Abbottabad, Pakistan, of which President Obama reportedly watched a live feed. And that’s only to begin to account for some of the imagery produced by the U.S. since September 2001 from its various adventures in the Greater Middle East.

    All in all, the invasions, the occupations, the drone campaigns in several lands, the deaths that ran into the hundreds of thousands, the uprooting of millions of people sent into external or internal exile, the expending of trillions of dollars added up to a bin Laden dreamscape. They would prove jihadist recruitment tools par excellence.

    When the U.S. was done, when it had set off the process that led to insurgencies, civil wars, the growth of extremist militias, and the collapse of state structures, it had also guaranteed the rise of something new on Planet Earth: ISIS — as well as of other extremist outfits ranging from the Pakistani Taliban, now challenging the state in certain areas of that country, to Ansar al-Sharia in Libya and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen.

    Though the militants of ISIS would undoubtedly be horrified to think so, they are the spawn of Washington. Thirteen years of regional war, occupation, and intervention played a major role in clearing the ground for them. They may be our worst nightmare (thus far), but they are also our legacy — and not just because so many of their leaders came from the Iraqi army we disbanded, had their beliefs and skills honed in the prisons we set up (Camp Bucca seems to have been the West Point of Iraqi extremism), and gained experience facing U.S. counterterror operations in the “surge” years of the occupation. In fact, just about everything done in the war on terror has facilitated their rise. After all, we dismantled the Iraqi army and rebuilt one that would flee at the first signs of ISIS’s fighters, abandoning vast stores of Washington’s weaponry to them. We essentially destroyed the Iraqi state, while fostering a Shia leader who would oppress enough Sunnis in enough ways to create a situation in which ISIS would be welcomed or tolerated throughout significant areas of the country.

    The Escalation Follies


    When you think about it, from the moment the first bombs began falling on Afghanistan in October 2001 to the present, not a single U.S. military intervention has had anything like its intended effect. Each one has, in time, proven a disaster in its own special way, providing breeding grounds for extremism and producing yet another set of recruitment posters for yet another set of jihadist movements. Looked at in a clear-eyed way, this is what any American military intervention seems to offer such extremist outfits — and ISIS knows it.

    Don’t consider its taunting video of James Foley’s execution the irrational act of madmen blindly calling down the destructive force of the planet’s last superpower on themselves. Quite the opposite. Behind it lay rational calculation. ISIS’s leaders surely understood that American air power would hurt them, but they knew as well that, as in an Asian martial art in which the force of an assailant is used against him, Washington’s full-scale involvement would also infuse their movement with greater power. (This was Osama bin Laden’s most original insight.)

    It would give ISIS the ultimate enemy, which means the ultimate street cred in its world. It would bring with it the memories of all those past interventions, all those snuff videos and horrifying images. It would help inflame and so attract more members and fighters. It would give the ultimate raison d’être to a minority religious movement that might otherwise prove less than cohesive and, in the long run, quite vulnerable. It would give that movement global bragging rights into the distant future.

    ISIS’s urge was undoubtedly to bait the Obama administration into a significant intervention. And in that, it may prove successful. We are now, after all, watching a familiar version of the escalation follies at work in Washington. Obama and his top officials are clearly on the up escalator. In the Oval Office is a visibly reluctant president, who undoubtedly desires neither to intervene in a major way in Iraq (from which he proudly withdrew American troops in 2011 with their “heads held high”), nor in Syria (a place where he avoided sending in the bombers and missiles back in 2013).

    Unlike the previous president and his top officials, who were all confidence and overarching plans for creating a Pax Americana across the Greater Middle East, this one and his foreign policy team came into office intent on managing an inherited global situation. President Obama’s only plan, such as it was, was to get out of the Iraq War (along lines already established by the Bush administration). It was perhaps a telltale sign then that, in order to do so, he felt he had to “surge” American troops into Afghanistan. Five and a half years later, he and his key officials still seem essentially plan-less, a set of now-desperate managers engaged in a seat-of-the-pants struggle over a destabilizing Greater Middle East (and increasingly Africa and the borderlands of Europe as well).

    Five and a half years later, the president is once again under pressure and being criticized by assorted neocons, McCainites, and this time, it seems, the military high command evidently eager to be set loose yet one more time to take out barbarism globally — that is, to up the ante on a losing hand. As in 2009, so today, he’s slowly but surely giving ground. By now, the process of “mission creep” — a term strongly rejected by the Obama administration — is well underway.

    It started slowly with the collapse of the U.S.-trained and U.S.-supplied Iraqi army in Mosul and other northern Iraqi cities in the face of attacks by ISIS. In mid-June, the aircraft carrier USS H.W. Bush with more than 100 planes was dispatched to the Persian Gulf and the president sent in hundreds of troops, including Special Forces advisers (though officially no “boots” were to be “on the ground”). He also agreed to drone and other air surveillance of the regions ISIS had taken, clearly preparation for future bombing campaigns. All of this was happening before the fate of the Yazidis — a small religious sect whose communities in northern Iraq were brutally destroyed by ISIS fighters — officially triggered the commencement of a limited bombing campaign suitable to a “humanitarian crisis.”

    When ISIS, bolstered by U.S. heavy weaponry captured from the Iraqi military, began to crush the Kurdish pesh merga militia, threatening the capital of the Kurdish region of Iraq and taking the enormous Mosul Dam, the bombing widened. More troops and advisers were sent in, and weaponry began to flow to the Kurds, with promises of all of the above further south once a new unity government was formed in Baghdad. The president explained this bombing expansion by citing the threat of ISIS blowing up the Mosul Dam and flooding downriver communities, thus supposedly endangering the U.S. Embassy in distant Baghdad. (This was a lame cover story because ISIS would have had to flood parts of its own “caliphate” in the process.)

    The beheading video then provided the pretext for the possible bombing of Syria to be put on the agenda. And once again a reluctant president, slowly giving way, has authorized drone surveillance flights over parts of Syria in preparation for possible bombing strikes that may not be long in coming.

    The Incrementalism of the Reluctant


    Consider this the incrementalism of the reluctant under the usual pressures of a militarized Washington eager to let loose the dogs of war. One place all of this is heading is into a morass of bizarre contradictions involving Syrian politics. Any bombing of that country will necessarily involve implicit, if not explicit, support for the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad, as well as for the barely existing “moderate” rebels who oppose his regime and to whom Washington may now ship more arms. This, in turn, could mean indirectly delivering yet more weaponry to ISIS. Add everything up and at the moment Washington seems to be on the path that ISIS has laid out for it.

    Americans prefer to believe that all problems have solutions. There may, however, be no obvious or at least immediate solution when it comes to ISIS, an organization based on exclusivity and divisiveness in a region that couldn’t be more divided. On the other hand, as a minority movement that has already alienated so many in the region, left to itself it might with time simply burn out or implode. We don’t know. We can’t know. But we do have reasonable evidence from the past 13 years of what an escalating American military intervention is likely to do: not whatever it is that Washington wants it to do.

    And keep one thing in mind: if the U.S. were truly capable of destroying or crushing ISIS, as our secretary of state and others are urging, that might prove to be anything but a boon. After all, it was easy enough to think, as Americans did after 9/11, that al-Qaeda was the worst the world of Islamic extremism had to offer. Osama bin Laden’s killing was presented to us as an ultimate triumph over Islamic terror. But ISIS lives and breathes and grows, and across the Greater Middle East Islamic extremist organizations are gaining membership and traction in ways that should illuminate just what the war on terror has really delivered. The fact that we can’t now imagine what might be worse than ISIS means nothing, given that no one in our world could imagine ISIS before it sprang into being.

    The American record in these last 13 years is a shameful one. Do it again should not be an option.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-en...b_5751876.html


    See also,

    Egyptian state media claims Isis is 'made up' and 9/11 was carried out by West to justify war on terror

    Isis could have been invented by the US to "justify the devastation, partitioning and occupation" of the Middle East, writes Noha Al-Sharnoubi

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a7308926.html

    ISIS: The jihadist movement stamped “Made in America”

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/201.../isis-j30.html







 

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