Cairo to host 300-member congress of Libyan tribes Monday


Cairo to host 300-member congress of Libyan tribes Monday

TCP :  Egypt will host a meeting of Libyan tribes’ representatives to discuss a political solution to their country’s crisis Monday, said Assistant to the Foreign Minister Osama al-Magdoub.

The 300-member congress aims to unify all tribes nationwide to reach a national settlement, Magdoub told Youm7 in a report to be published Monday.

Assistant To The Foreign Minister Osama Al-Magdoub - YOUM7(Archive)

“A dialogue has being held in Morocco to reach a national reconciliation government to choose a Prime Minister and agree on security measures. In case an agreement was announced, the tribes would be the only front to carry it out,” Magdoub said.

“Egypt is a merely a hosting country and did not intervene to choose the invited members,” Magdoub added, noting that a Libyan committee formed from different tribes coordinated the congress.

On Oct. 21, Egypt hosted a meeting for Egyptian and Libyan tribes’ representatives discussing disarmament of armed Libyan tribes.

Magdoub said representatives from Libya’s neighboring countries (Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad and Niger,) will meet June 5 in Chad to review the mechanism of the 2014 Egyptian initiative.

On Aug. 24, 2014 Cairo hosted a conference on Libya attended by neighboring countries. The conference proposed an initiative that calls for collecting arms and weapons from Libyan militias, reaching a cease-fire agreement between conflicting groups, drafting a new constitution, conducting an inclusive dialogue and recognizing of the new Libyan parliament’s legitimacy.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Saturday with his Algerian counterpart Ramadan Lamamra in Algeria to discuss Libya’s crisis and bilateral relations.

Since the February 2011 Libyan uprising and the death of late Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, Libya has sunk in deep security turmoil. It has been controlled by the Islamists and hardliners in the northern parts, while other parts came under the authority of the international recognized Tobruk-based government.

Al-Qaeda-inspired militant group of the Islamic State (ISIS / ISIL) has found footholds in Libyan territories, killing and kidnapping dozens of different nations.

The Cairo Post    –    Additional reporting by Amaal Raslan

Libya: ‘a country where Christians shouldn’t come’


Libya: ‘a country where Christians shouldn’t come’

Had somebody told me before 2011 that Libya would not be safe and have no freedom of religion choices I would have told them they are crazy and they do not know my country and neither do they know my people. For centuries now Libya was always open to all religions as long as the priests did not try to convert other people into their respective religion. As I recall there is a Greek Orthodox church in the old city of Tripoli which is St. George, dating back to 1647.  The church is the oldest Orthodox church in North Africa. You can check this link about the churches available in Libya Christianity in Libya.

So when I read the article “a country where Christians shouldn’t come” made me so angry. We the Libyan people the simple civilians have nothing against any religion. How dare the Westerners brought all these infidels in our country and destroy it to the core…. just to prove a point to the WEST that the so-called Islamists which in fact they are the minions of the foreign policy of western countries to recreate the CRUSADES against Islam…. and all Arab countries… just because Israel does not feel secure enough to live in peace with the Arabs…

I am not naive the Cabal elitists know exactly what they want, they want to destroy Christianity and Islam at the same time so they can have the NWO. Without further due here is the article:

Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been engulfed by conflicts between various coalitions of armed groups.

Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been engulfed by conflicts between various coalitions of armed groups. Photo courtesy Open Doors International

Migrants and refugees in Libya are increasingly facing widespread abuse and persecution on religious grounds, a report by Amnesty International has revealed.

Foreign nationals traveling irregularly to and from Libya face abuses, including abductions for ransom, torture and in some cases rape and other forms of sexual violence, at all stages of the smuggling routes running from West and East Africa toward the Libyan coast, according to the report, ‘Libya is full of cruelty‘, published May 11.

Christian migrants and refugees from Nigeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Egypt are particularly targeted, the Amnesty report said. They are subjected to abductions, torture, theft and physical assaults by criminal gangs and people smugglers, in addition to abuses by armed groups such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State and Ansar al-Sharia.

A man whom Amnesty International identified as Charles, a 30-year-old Nigerian, recounted how he was abducted and physically assaulted a number of times by members of a criminal gang in the coastal city of Zuwara.

“In Zuwara, sometimes young men would come to our house to steal our money,” he is quoted in the report as saying. “They would come with guns. As a black man, I cannot go to complain to the police. I went to complain at the police station twice but they did not believe me.”  ***(nobody can complain as there is no police and no law, what happened to the Nigerian man happens also to Libyan civilians and there is nobody to go to other than the militia and nobody goes to the militia so once again THANK YOU NATO, USA, FRANCE, ENGLAND, ISRAEL, SAUDI ARABIA, QATAR, U.A.E. KUWAIT, JORDAN AND THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER TURKEY WHO WANTS TO BRING BACK THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE AND ERDOGAN TO BE THE CALIPH.)

Charles relocated to Zuwara from Tripoli in July 2014 in search of safety from indiscriminate shelling and fighting between armed groups in residential areas of the capital. Instead, he said he experienced abuse and persecution.

“I am a Christian and that’s why the men would always come to our house and attack us. We were three Christian Nigerians living in the same house … Even in the streets, armed men would ask me if I am a Christian.”

Another Nigerian migrant who also fled Tripoli, but whom Amnesty International did not identify, spoke about the religiously motivated harassment and discrimination he faced in Zuwara.

“Libya is full of cruelty. It is not hospitable to foreigners, especially to black men. They see us as slaves,” the man is quoted in the report as saying. **** (this did not exist prior to 2011 so again we thank the WEST FOR BRINGING THEIR KIND OF DEMOCRACY)

“Libya is a country where Christians shouldn’t come. Any Libyan boss will ask you if you are Muslim or Christian. If you say you are Christian, then you are in trouble. He will not pay you. He will beat you more if you complain about anything.”

Chaos and lawlessness are the root causes of the increased xenophobia against foreign nationals, according to the report. Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been engulfed by conflicts between various coalitions of armed groups. The country is split between an internationally recognised government and rival groups contending to power.

The rise of armed groups, which have pledged allegiance to Islamic State, has further exacerbated risks faced by religious minorities in Libya, the Amnesty International report said.

Widespread abuses and lawlessness are pushing hundreds of thousands of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees to risk their lives by attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. More than 1,700 people have died so far this year, said Amnesty International, which also called for more protection.

“As more people are drowning in the Mediterranean Sea, the priority for the international community must be to dramatically expand search and rescue operations and take effective steps to urgently address human rights abuses and serious violations of international humanitarian law in Libya,” the report said.

Amnesty also called on Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria to keep their borders open to anyone needing international protection, regardless of whether they have valid travel documents or meet visa requirements. ****(Yes but at the same time the UN and other countries have made it impossible to seek asylum for example if you go to the offices of the UN to seek asylum they tell you “Please fill the application once you fill the application and hand it over the tell you to pass again after six months and maybe if you are lucky you will be granted an asylum…. so for six months you are living as an illegal praying that you will not get caught, working in the black market were you get paid nickles as you are an illegal and can not complain and if you are lucky and you have not been picked up, beaten to death, or died from starvation and six months have passed and God has blessed you;- maybe you will get those papers… So what Amnesty says does not count shit, pardon my language but that is the truth… as going to a foreign embassy to get a visa that is another story, you must have 1st degree relative at the respective country to even think to get a visa….. so you see the WEST has installed a nice DEMOCRACY BUT ONLY ON A TOILET PAPER.)

The Sixth Crusade


The Sixth Crusade

by Jim Kirwan

In 1095 the first of five Crusades were initiated against the Muslim world, by the Pope, to wipe out the Muslim world for Christendom.

The first five fake Crusades all failed.

This time the Khazarian Supremacy together with their lackeys have now declared their privatized version of a Sixth Crusade against the planet:

But this time they’ve created their own “Conquest Army” to wipe out both Christianity and the Muslim World in today’s global blood-bath that has never before been seen, much less experienced. Those who have tried to rewrite all of ancient history are now trying to erase the past for all of us still living today. This is what has been behind the ongoing attempt to liquidate the many thousands of years that remain in the ruins of all the ancient civilizations that once marked the rise and fall of man throughout time from the eleventh century to the present day…

All of this to supposedly pave the way for their one-world wet dream of a privatized corporate oligarchy to enslave every man woman and child on the planet. The wholesale slaughter of the nations of the world has already begun.

The crucible for all of this, this time, has been shifted after already having moved on from Afghanistan and Iraq through Libya to have arrived in Syria for a struggle to the last drop of blood, that will supposedly be achieved by the current global-army of Conquest, which supposedly cannot be stopped. But for the record that “war” has been going on now for over four years, and the ‘Conquest-Army’ is still failing to crush their must-conquer-targets which have always been first Syria and then Iran. CrossTalk http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/258701-syria-civil-war-is/

Since the Irresistible-force still refuses to factor in Russia or the global failures of the EU, it’s more than likely that they will lose this confrontation once again ­ but that could easily force the Barbarians to shift the whole process over into nuclear war. The creatures in the global-supremacy cabals are fixated on the money, and that addiction has blinded them to all the real facts of life, which are in total opposition to the ‘Full Spectrum Dominance which they continue to seek: While the world did nothing!

All of this became crystal clear to the world when we blatantly murdered Libya and denounced both Gadhafi and his works as “evil”.

Thanks to David Dees for these excellent illustrations ­ We can now see what we did to Gaddafi, and what we got in return was nothing but ruination:

This time around there’s yet another redevelopment of a very old idea: Their semi-eternal Death Squads which they used to get this far in the first place. These same ‘death-squads were used to start the wars in what used to be Yugoslavia, and now what is being prepared in Romania as well as Ukraine, where of course they’re beginning to be forced into another massive collapse because the whole structure of the failed state of Ukraine that’s been a star-crossed failure, from the day it was artificially begun, with the lies beneath the murders in the Maidan-slaughter that lacked all legitimacy from the very beginning. And that farce must come to an ignoble end within the next few months ­ because there’s no way out of the Labyrinth they’ve built for themselves, from the very beginning, with no facts at all behind any of their continuing and wildly bizarre proclamations that have no basis in any reality – anywhere except in the Dreams of Madness to which the fake leadership of Kiev still clings.

The Death Squads worked. so long as they were only used against smaller nations, but in the wider world they’re as transparent as glass, by whatever name they are used and they cannot be successfully used against major nations no matter how degraded those states might be at the moment. The fact that another attempt is being made now to restart the Kosovo wars to block the next European pipeline, from Russia, will not succeed, once the world can see what the endgame there is really all about. Because while “Sanctions” are only impacting the EU states and refugees are now flooding Europe, country by country: Not even Death Squads can stop the natural movements of millions of people, towards freedom and away from global-slavery, that was set in motion by the first thirty or so “Color-Revolutions” that have finally lost the ‘cloaking-devices’ they once enjoyed:. Because all of this is going the same way now, just as the U.S. refuses to count the fifty-plus millions of immigrants which the government is bringing in to undermine this country, the same thing is coming up for all the Western-leaning people that supported the slaughter of Libya, just as they supported the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq in the last fifteen years of this global war. This is happening because the victims of those wars did not all die and far too many have survived to create the latest aspect to the global-nightmare that will not end until the Oligarch’s pay for their crimes against humanity ­ on the guillotine or in the streets where they will be stripped and murdered for what they thought they had protected themselves from; with a fake global-government where they and only they would remain immune to the rage and outrage that’s beginning to make its comeback now.

This lawless and barbaric place cannot survive in this condition where such a miniscule few can control all the life upon this planet ­ any more than they can actually control the winds, the weather or the planet that has been awakened to the crisis from which no one will remain unscathed. . . The human race needs the earth, the seas and the skies to survive, but nature has no need of mankind in order to continue. Nature will adapt where mankind will probably perish. That lesson is something that no Oligarch, Banker or Khazarian Supremacist has ever been able to understand, much less the global-military-industrial-complex that will be the first victim of this world without a functioning currency.

The reason that all of this will and indeed must fail is because the Global-Supremacy’s that have decided to “own” the world, have never had any plans to rebuild the ruins they have left to the survivors. They create nothing. They destroy everything they touch, while they promise freedom & democracy while bringing torture, dismemberment, rape and the chains of eternal slavery.

These ‘sages’ that ‘determine’ everything now by money, money, and only money, are about to get that rude awakening that always follows whenever ‘global-leadership’ disappears or becomes addicted to the fallacy’s of power without vision or humanity to guide whatever passes for “power” – in whichever world we end up dying in. Like it or not the world of humanity demands that people pursue their desire “to thrive as well as to survive” – because there is far more to this life than just money, or as someone once said: “We have become so poor, that the only thing we have is money”. All of that is what is about to be put on the public chopping block, once more ­ ask yourself where will you be once this begins to happen, because each of us must choose which side we want to defend?

Special Ops Officer Blows Whistle on CIA Funded ISIS Through Swiss Bank Accounts


Special Ops Officer Blows Whistle on CIA Funded ISIS Through Swiss Bank Accounts

 

 

 

ISIS: "We are here and we are funded by your government through Swiss banks".

ISIS: “We are here and we are funded by your government through Swiss banks”.

 

Have you ever wondered why President Obama is so willing to chase ISIS into Syria and risk war with Russia, but he allows an ISIS base camp to remain intact only 8 miles from El Paso?

Both this article and the subsequent interview will answer the aforementioned question while demonstrating how the U.S. is funding the very enemy we are supposed to be trying to destroy.  All is revealed in this “tell-all” in one of the most important interviews ever conducted on The Common Sense Show.

Scott Bennett Was a “Who’s Who” On International Terrorism and American PSYOPS

ISIS is funded by the CIA, so says Scott Bennett who is a U.S. Army Special Operations Officer (11th Psychological Operations Battalion, Civil Affairs-Psychological Operations Command), and a global psychological warfare-counterterrorism analyst, formerly with defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. He received a Direct Commission as an Officer, held a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI)security clearance, and worked in the highest levels of international counterterrorism in Washington DC and MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. He has developed and managed psychological warfare theories, products, and operations for U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Command, the State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and other government agencies.

Bennett served in the G.W. Bush Administration from 2003 to 2008, and was a Social Science Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. His writings and lectures seek to enhance global awareness and understanding of modern psychological warfare, the international military-intelligence community, and global surveillance operations being artificially generated under the spectre of “National Security”.

The Message You Are Not Supposed to Hear

Scott Bennett was my guest on Sunday night, May 3, 2015, on The Common Sense Show. At least he was supposed to be my guest until both the servers and the live stream feeds, which are housed three thousand miles apart, were taken down by an unknown source. Fortunately, we were still heard by phone, but that was all. Scott Bennett is an expert on terrorism and the moment we got too deeply into the topic, somebody pulled the plug on our satellite provider, in multiple locations. However, the interview was preserved on our archives and is available for listening. What the bad guys must not realize that about 40 times more people listen to the archives than the live broadcast.

The net effect of taking down the bulk of our interview with Scott Bennett will be about the same as was NPR’s lame attempt to collectively disparage my reporting on Jade Helm. On May 3, my website analytics revealed that about 20,000 NPR readers actually came to The Common Sense Show website, directly from NPR, to take a look around because of the negative article. Thanks NPR and thanks to the people who attacked our show last night. As word spreads about how The Common Sense Show was attacked, the curiosity factor will double or triple our normal listenership. Thanks to NPR and the other would-be-assassins of the truth for helping our staff spread the truth partially through the law of unintended consequences.

 Summary of the Interview

During the course of the interview, we spoke extensively on how 9/11 was most likely a CIA/Mossad operation and key written records were destroyed in two locations both at Building 7 and at the Pentagon. Had the financial records from either site ever been made public, this government would have been brought to its knees because of the massive financial corruption that would have been revealed.

We also spoke of Russian-American relations and the tragedy and needless rise of the new Cold War. Bennett stated our corporate greed and American hegemony has placed us in a position where we are now isolated from our allies and Europe is in the process of turning their collective backs on the United States in which Germany, for example, is likely to leave NATO and align with Russia.

Bennett has written extensively on the intelligence community’s surveillance activities addressed by Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency-Central Intelligence Agency materials; and since 2010, Bennett has filed numerous military-government whistle-blowing reports with Congressional Committees, including: the Intelligence, the Armed Services, the Government Oversight and Reform, the Homeland Security, the Judiciary, the Foreign Affairs, the Banking, and the Terrorism Committees. He has communicated with over a hundred Federal representatives, Senators, senior military officers and Pentagon officials, and journalists about the scandalous abuses of power and deception being employed against the American people by its own military-intelligence community; and the most damning report brought into the public sector occurred when he filed legal action against Booz Allen Hamilton and the Department of Defense for their involvement in secret Swiss Bank Terrorist Finance Operations, in which he uncovered with the help of Union Bank of Switzerland whistleblower, Brad Birkenfeld a massive terrorist funding program. 

We know that ISIS got its “beginnings” from U.S. military equipment deliberately left behind in Iraq. Bennett and I both agree that to leave unsecured weapons on a former battlefield was undoubtedly an intentional act because of the strict military protocols against such a practice. Again, he views ISIS, which is a hybrid terrorist organization, as the artificial creation of the CIA and the Mossad in a joint operation. Ultimately, chasing ISIS into Syria will result in Russian intervention and World War III. But first, we have to contend with ISIS on our doorstep, only 8 miles from El Paso. This is the quintessential false flag cover in which they hope to convince most of America to accept martial law out of ignorance to the role that the CIA and its allies will have played in the event. This parallels the letter I received from the Texas Ranger on the same topic in which he claimed that the Rangers are bracing for an attack by ISIS against targets in Texas.

Insurance Against Harm

Scott Bennett’s information is  so sensitive and so many careers and even individual freedoms rests upon what he reveals, or keeps secret, there are many who would like to see him dead. Subsequently, Bennett has taken steps to insure his longevity.

Bennett is all too keenly aware of what was done to journalist Michael Hastings after he and Michael Isikoff (NBC News) began investigating Bennett’s reports and materials in relation to the Edward Snowden and Brad Birkenfeld connections (CIA-NSA-Swiss Banks-Booz Allen Hamilton-Terrorist Finance). The Birkenfeld, Swiss banking connection, is telling. Birkenfeld oversaw money placed in Swiss bank accounts and then redistributed to terrorist organizations around the world. Subsequently, there are many who would like to see him dead. Bennett has taken steps to insure his longevity. Individuals have been killed for far less and Bennett issues the following warning on his website.

WARNING:      In the event of my untimely death, additional documents and materials will be immediately released which expose all previously undisclosed persons, networks, operations, and financial accounts relating to illegal foreign and domestic terrorism activities.  All materials have been safely  uploaded to legal counsel.   Congress and Military authorities have been notified of this.

Conclusion

This interview has prompted me to issue my own warning:

WARNING: The leadership of our present administration is a criminal enterprise. They have completely forsaken their oath of office. Administration officials are guilty of violating every precept of the United States Constitution. They have engaged in massive lying to the American people, and have absconded with American taxpayer money in order to enrich their corporate and bankster benefactors. They will not hesitate to install a brutal form of martial law in which untold numbers of American citizens will lose their lives and they are practicing for this eventuality, right now, through Jade Helm. These criminals in suits will think nothing about sending our children off to war to die in order to increase the bottom line of the banksters. They will dress up this coming war as the patriotic thing to do. However, patriotism only serves to conceal the underlying and insatiable lust for power and wealth. This administration does not serve the needs of the people, we are its subjects and soon to be its slaves. Scott Bennett has only scratched the bare surface of how bad it is going to get here in the land of the free and the former home of the brave. I weep for the loss of my nation. Long live the King, the King is dead. 

The interview with Scott Bennett can be heard by going to this link.  Scroll down to the date, May 3, and simply follow the prompts. The interview is housed in hour number one and hour number two.

 

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Islamic State is the Cancer of Modern Capitalism


Islamic State is the Cancer of Modern Capitalism

By Nafeez Ahmed
Islamic State is the Cancer of Modern Capitalism

The brutal ‘Islamic State’ is a symptom of a deepening crisis of civilisation premised on fossil fuel addiction, which is undermining Western hegemony and unravelling state power across the Muslim world

Debate about the origins of the Islamic State (IS) has largely oscillated between two extreme perspectives. One blames the West. IS is nothing more than a predictable reaction to the occupation of Iraq, yet another result of Western foreign policy blowback. The other attributes IS’s emergence purely to the historic or cultural barbarism of the Muslim world, whose backward medieval beliefs and values are a natural incubator for such violent extremism.

The biggest elephant in the room as this banal debate drones on is material infrastructure. Anyone can have bad, horrific, disgusting ideas. But they can only be fantasies unless we find a way to manifest them materially in the world around us.

So to understand how the ideology that animates IS has managed to garner the material resources to conquer an area bigger than the United Kingdom, we need to inspect its material context more closely.

Follow the money

The foundations for al-Qaeda’s ideology were born in the 1970s. Abdullah Azzam, Osama bin Laden‘s Palestinian mentor, formulated a new theory justifying continuous, low-intensity war by dispersed mujahideen cells for a pan-Islamist state. Azzam’s violent Islamist doctrines were popularised in the context of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

As is well-known, the Afghan mujahideen networks were trained and financed under the supervision of the CIA, MI6 and the Pentagon. The Gulf states provided huge sums of money, while Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) liaised on the ground with the militant networks being coordinated by Azzam, bin Laden, and others.

The Reagan administration, for instance, provided $2 billion to the Afghan mujahideen, which was matched by another $2 billion from Saudi Arabia.

In Afghanistan, USAID invested millions of dollars to supply schoolchildren with “textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings”, according to the Washington Post. Theology justifying violent jihad was interspersed with “drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines”. The textbooks even extolled the heavenly rewards if children were to “pluck out the eyes of the Soviet enemy and cut off his legs”.

The conventional wisdom is that this disastrous configuration of Western-Muslim world collaboration in financing Islamist extremists ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union. As I said in Congressional testimony a year after the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, the conventional wisdom is false.

Protection racket

A classified US intelligence report revealed by journalist Gerald Posner confirmed that the US was fully aware of a secret deal struck in April 1991 between Saudi Arabia and bin Laden, then under house arrest. Under the deal, bin Laden could leave the kingdom with his funding and supporters, and continue to receive financial support from the Saudi royal family, on one condition: that he refrain from targeting and destabilising the Saudi kingdom itself.

Far from being a distant observer of this covert agreement, the US and Britain were active participants.

Saudi Arabia’s massive oil supply underpins the health and growth of the global economy. We could not afford it to be destabilised. It was pro quid pro: to protect the kingdom, allow it to fund bin Laden outside the kingdom.

As British historian Mark Curtis documents meticulously in his sensational book, Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam, the US and UK government continued to covertly support al-Qaeda-affiliated networks in Central Asia and the Balkans after the Cold War, for much the same reasons as before – countering Russian, and now Chinese, influence to extend US hegemony over the global capitalist economy. Saudi Arabia, the world’s leading oil hub, remained the conduit for this short-sighted Anglo-American strategy.

Bosnia

A year after the 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) bombing, Curtis reports, Osama bin Laden opened an office in Wembley, London, under the name of the Advice and Reformation Committee, from which he coordinated worldwide extremist activity.

Around the same time, the Pentagon was airlifting thousands of al-Qaeda mujahideen from Central Asia into Bosnia, in violation of the UN’s arms embargo, according to Dutch intelligence files. They were accompanied by US special forces. The “Blind Sheikh”, convicted of the WTC bombing, had been deeply involved in recruiting and dispatching al-Qaeda fighters into Bosnia.

Afghanistan

From around 1994, all the way until 9/11, US military intelligence along with Britain, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, covertly supplied arms and funds to the al-Qaeda-harbouring Taliban.

In 1997, Amnesty International complained about “close political links” between the incumbent Taliban militia, who had recently conquered Kabul, and the US. The human rights group referred to credible “accounts of the madrasas (religious schools) which the Taleban attended in Pakistan,” indicating that “these links may have been established at the very inception of the Taleban movement.”

One such account, reported Amnesty, came from the late Benazir Bhutto – then Pakistan’s Prime Minister – who “affirmed that the madrasas had been set up by Britain, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan during the Jihad, the Islamic resistance against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan”. Under US tutelage, Saudi Arabia was still funding those madrasas.

US government-drafted textbooks designed to indoctrinate Afghan children into violent jihad during the Cold War, now approved by the Taliban, became part of the Afghan school system’s core curriculum, and were used extensively in militant madrasas in Pakistan being funded by Saudi Arabia and the Pakistani ISI with US support.

Both the Clinton and Bush administrations were hoping to use the Taliban to establish a proxy client regime in the country similar to its Saudi benefactor. The vain hope, clearly ill-conceived, was that a Taliban government would provide the stability necessary to install a Trans-Afghan pipeline (TAPI) supplying Central Asian gas to South Asia, while side-lining Russia, China and Iran.

Those hopes were dashed three months before 9/11 when the Taliban rejected US proposals. The TAPI project was subsequently stalled due to the Taliban’s intransigent control of Kandahar and Quetta, but has been shepherded along by the Obama administration and is now being finalised.

Kosovo

NATO continued to sponsor al-Qaeda-affiliated networks in Kosovo by the late 1990s, reports Mark Curtis, when US and British special forces supplied arms and training to Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) rebels who included mujahideen recruits. Among them was a rebel cell headed by Muhammad al-Zawahiri, the brother of bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman, who now leads al-Qaeda.

In the same period, Osama and Ayman coordinated the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania from bin Laden’s office in London.

There was some good news, though: NATO’s interventions in the Balkans, accompanied by the disintegration of socialist Yugoslavia, paved the way to integrate the region into Western Europe, privatise local markets, and establish new regimes supportive of the Trans-Balkan pipeline to transport oil and gas from Central Asia to the West.

The Middle East redirection

Even after 9/11 and 7/7, US and British addiction to cheap fossil fuels to sustain global capitalist expansion led us to deepen our alliance with extremists.

Around the middle of the last decade, Anglo-American military intelligence began supervising Gulf state financing, once again led by Saudi Arabia, to Islamist extremist networks across the Middle East and Central Asia, to counter Iranian Shiite influence in the region. Beneficiaries of this enterprise included al-Qaeda-affiliated militant and extremist groups from Iraq to Syria to Lebanon – a veritable arc of Islamist terror.

Once again, Islamist militants would be unwittingly fostered as an agent of US hegemony in the face of rising geopolitical rivals.

As Seymour Hersh revealed in the New Yorker in 2007, this “redirection” of policy was about weakening not just Iran, but also Syria – where US and Saudi largess went to support the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, among other opposition groups. Both Iran and Syria, of course, were closely aligned with Russia and China.

Libya

In 2011, NATO’s military intervention to topple the Gaddafi regime followed hot on the heels of extensive support to Libyan mercenaries who were, in fact, members of al-Qaeda’s official branch in Libya. France had been reportedly offered 35 percent control of Libya’s oil in exchange for French support to insurgents.

After the intervention, European, British and American oil giants were “perfectly poised to take advantage” of “commercial opportunities”, according to Professor David Anderson of Oxford University. Lucrative deals with NATO members could “release Western Europe from the stranglehold of high-pricing Russia producers who currently dominate their gas supply”.

Secret intelligence reports showed that NATO-backed rebels had strong ties to al-Qaeda. The CIA also used Libya’s Islamists militants to funnel heavy weapons to rebels in Syria.

A Canadian intelligence report from 2009 described the rebel stronghold of eastern Libya as an “epicentre of Islamist extremism”, from which “extremist cells” operated in the region – the same region, according to David Pugliese in the Ottawa Citizen, that was being “defended by a Canadian-led NATO coalition”. Pugliese reported that the intelligence report confirmed “several Islamist insurgent groups” were based in eastern Libya, many of whom were also “urging followers to fight in Iraq”. Canadian pilots even joked privately that they were part of al-Qaeda’s air force, “since their bombing runs helped to pave the way for rebels aligned with the terrorist group”.

According to Pugliese, Canadian intelligence specialists sent a prescient briefing report dated 15 March 2011 to NATO senior officers just days before the intervention began. “There is the increasing possibility that the situation in Libya will transform into a long-term tribal/civil war,” they wrote. “This is particularly probable if opposition forces receive military assistance from foreign militaries.”

As we know, the intervention went ahead regardless.

Syria

For nearly the last half-decade at least, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Jordan and Turkey have all provided extensive financial and military support primarily to al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militant networks that spawned today’s “Islamic State”. This support has been provided in the context of an accelerating anti-Assad strategy led by the United States.

Competition to dominate potential regional pipeline routes involving Syria, as well as untapped fossil fuel resources in Syria and the eastern Mediterranean – at the expense of Russia and China – have played a central role in motivating this strategy.

Former French foreign minister Roland Dumas revealed that in 2009, British Foreign Office officials told him that UK forces were already active in Syria attempting to foment rebellion.

The ongoing operation has been closely supervised under an on-going covert programme coordinated jointly by American, British, French and Israeli military intelligence. Evidence in the public record confirms that US support alone to anti-Assad fighters totalled about $2 billion as of the end of 2014.

While the conventional wisdom insists that this support to Islamist extremists was mistaken, the facts speak for themselves. Classified CIA assessments showed that US intelligence knew how US-led support to anti-Assad rebels through its Middle East allies consistently ended up in the hands of the most virulent extremists. But it continued.

Pentagon officials were also aware in the year before IS launched its campaign of conquest inside Iraq, that the vast majority of “moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels were, in fact, Islamist militants. It was, officials admitted, increasingly impossible to draw fixed lines between “moderate” rebels and extremists linked to al-Qaeda or IS, due to the fluid interactions between them.

Increasingly, frustrated FSA fighters have joined the ranks of Islamist militants in Syria, not for ideological reasons, but simply due to their superior military capabilities. So far, almost all “moderate” rebel groups recently trained and armed by the US are disbanding and continuously defecting to al-Qaeda and IS to fight Assad.

Turkey

The US is now coordinating the continued supply of military aid to “moderate” rebels to fight IS, through a new arrangement with Turkey. Yet it is an open secret that Turkey, throughout this entire period, has been directly sponsoring al-Qaeda and IS as part of a geopolitical gambit to crush Kurdish opposition groups and bring down Assad.

Much has been made of Turkey’s “lax” efforts to curb foreign fighters crossing its territory to join IS in Syria. Turkey has recently responded by announcing that it has stopped thousands.

Both claims are mythical: Turkey has deliberately harboured and funnelled support to IS and al-Qaeda in Syria.

Last summer, Turkish journalist Denis Kahraman interviewed an IS fighter receiving medical treatment in Turkey, who told him: “Turkey paved the way for us. Had Turkey not shown such understanding for us, the Islamic State would not be in its current place. It [Turkey] showed us affection. Large number of our mujahedeen [jihadis] received medical treatment in Turkey.”

Earlier this year, authenticated official documents of the Turkish military (the Gendarmerie General Command) were leaked online, showing that Turkey’s intelligence services (MIT) had been caught in Adana by military officers transporting missiles, mortars and anti-aircraft ammunition via truck “to the al-Qaeda terror organisation” in Syria.

“Moderate” FSA rebels are involved in the MIT-sponsored Turkish-Islamist support network. One told the Telegraph that he “now runs safe houses in Turkey for foreign fighters looking to join Jabhat al-Nusra and Isil [Islamic State].”

Some officials have spoken up about this, but to no avail. Last year, Claudia Roth, deputy speaker of the German parliament, expressed shock that NATO is allowing Turkey to harbour an IS camp in Istanbul, facilitate weapons transfers to Islamist militants through its borders, and tacitly support IS oil sales. Nothing happened.

The US-led anti-IS coalition is funding IS 

The US and Britain have not only remained strangely silent about the complicity of their coalition partner in sponsoring the enemy. They have tightened up the partnership with Turkey, and are working avidly with the same state-sponsor of IS to train “moderate” rebels to fight IS.

It is not just Turkey. Last year, US Vice President Joe Biden told a White House press conference that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey among others, were pouring “hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons, of weapons” into “al-Nusra and al-Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis” as part of a “proxy Sunni-Shia war”. He added that, for all intents and purposes, it is not possible to identify “moderate” rebels in Syria.

There is no indication that this funding has dried up. As late as September 2014, even as the US began coordinating airstrikes against IS, Pentagon officials revealed that they knew their own coalition allies were still funding IS.

That month, Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked by Senator Lindsay Graham during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing whether he knew of “any major Arab ally that embraces Isil [IS]?” He said: “I know major Arab allies who fund them.”

Despite this knowledge, the US government has not merely refused to sanction these allies, but rewarded them by including them in the coalition that is supposed to fight the very extremist entity they are funding. Worse, the same allies continue to be granted ample leeway to select fighters to receive training.

Key members of our anti-IS coalition are bombing IS from the air while sponsoring them behind the scenes – with the knowledge of the Pentagon.

The arc of Muslim state-failure

In Iraq and Syria, where IS was born, the devastation of society due to prolonged conflict cannot be underestimated. Western military invasion and occupation of Iraq, replete with torture and indiscriminate violence, played an undeniable role in paving the way for the emergence of extreme reactionary politics. Before Western intervention, al-Qaeda was nowhere to be seen in the country.

The continual input of vast quantities of money to Islamist extremist networks, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of material resources that no one has yet been able to quantify in its totality – coordinated by the same nexus of Western and Muslim governments – has over the last half century had a deeply destabilising impact. IS is the surreal, post-modern culmination of this sordid history.

The West’s anti-IS coalition in the Muslim world consists of repressive regimes whose domestic policies have widened inequalities, crushed legitimate dissent, tortured peaceful political activists, and stoked deep-seated resentments. They are the same allies that have, and are continuing to fund IS, with the knowledge of Western intelligence agencies.

Yet they are doing so in regional circumstances that can only be described as undergoing, in the last decade, escalating converging crises. As Princeton’s Professor Bernard Haykel said: “I see ISIS as a symptom of a much deeper structural set of problems in the Sunni Arab world… [It has] to do with politics. With education, and the lack thereof. With authoritarianism. With foreign intervention. With the curse of oil … I think that even if ISIS were to disappear, the underlying causes that produce ISIS would not disappear. And those would have to be addressed with decades of policy and reforms and changes – not just by the West, but also by Arab societies as well.”

Yet as we saw with the Arab Spring, these structural problems have been exacerbated by a perfect storm of interlinked political, economic, energy and environmental crises, all of which are being incubated by a deepening crisis of global capitalism.

With the region suffering from prolonged droughts, failing agriculture, decline in oil revenues due to domestic peak oil, economic corruption and mismanagement compounded by neoliberal austerity, and so on, local states have begun to collapse. From Iraq to Syria, from Egypt to Yemen, the same nexus of climate, energy and economic crises are unravelling incumbent governments.

Alienation in the West

Although the West is far more resilient to these interconnected global crises, entrenched inequalities in the US, Britain and Western Europe – which have a disproportionate effect on ethnic minorities, women and children – are worsening.

In Britain, nearly 70 percent of ethnically South Asian Muslims, and two-thirds of their children, live in poverty. Just under 30 percent of British Muslim young people aged from 16-24 years are unemployed. According to Minority Rights Group International, conditions for British Muslims in terms of “access to education, employment and housing” have deteriorated in recent years, rather than improving. This has been accompanied by a “worrying rise in open hostility” from non-Muslim communities, and a growing propensity for police and security services to target Muslims disproportionately under anti-terror powers. Consistently negative reporting on Muslims by the media, coupled with grievances over justifiable perceptions of an aggressive and deceptive foreign policy in the Muslim world, compound the latter to create a prevailing sense of social exclusion associated with British Muslim identity.

It is the toxic contribution of these factors to general identity formation that is the issue – not each of the factors by themselves. Poverty alone, or discrimination alone, or anti-Muslim reporting alone, and so on, do not necessarily make a person vulnerable to radicalisation. But together these can forge an attachment to an identity that sees itself as alienated, frustrated and locked in a cycle of failure.

The prolongation and interaction of these problems can contribute to the way Muslims in Britain from various walks of life begin to view themselves as a whole. In some cases, it can generate an entrenched sense of separation and alienation from, and disillusionment with wider society. This exclusionary identity, and where it takes a person, will depend on that person’s specific environment, experiences and choices.
Prolonged social crises can lay the groundwork for the rise of toxic, xenophobic ideologies on all sides. Such crises undermine conventional mores of certainty and stability rooted in established notions of identity and belonging.

While vulnerable Muslims might turn to gang culture, or worse, Islamist extremism, vulnerable non-Muslims might adopt their own exclusionary identities linked with extremist groups like the English Defence League, or other far-right extremist networks.

For more powerful elite groups, their sense of crisis may inflame militaristic neoconservative ideologies that sanitise incumbent power structures, justify the status quo, whitewash the broken system that sustains their power, and demonise progressive and minority movements.

In this maelstrom, the supply of countless billions of dollars to Islamist extremist networks in the Middle East with a penchant for violence, empowers groups that previously lacked any local constituency.

As multiple crises converge and intensify, undermining state stability and inflaming grievances, this massive input of resources to Islamist ideologues can pull angry, alienated, vulnerable individuals into their vortex of xenophobic extremism. The end-point of that process is the creation of monsters.

Dehumanisation

While these factors escalated regional vulnerability to crisis levels, the US and Britain’s lead role after 9/11 in coordinating covert Gulf state financing of extremist Islamist militants across the region has poured gasoline on the flames.

The links these Islamist networks have in the West meant that domestic intelligence agencies have periodically turned blind eyes to their followers and infiltrators at home, allowing them to fester, recruit and send would-be fighters abroad.

This is why the Western component of IS, though much smaller than the number of fighters joining from neighbouring countries, remains largely impervious to meaningful theological debate. They are not driven by theology, but by the insecurity of a fractured identity and psychology.

It is here, in the meticulously calibrated recruitment methods used by IS and its supporting networks in the West, that we can see the role of psychological indoctrination processes fine-tuned through years of training under Western intelligence agencies. These agencies have always been intimately involved in the crafting of violent Islamist indoctrination tools.

In most cases, recruitment into IS is achieved by being exposed to carefully crafted propaganda videos, developed using advanced production methods, the most effective of which are replete with real images of bloodshed inflicted on Iraqi, Afghan and Palestinian civilians by Western firepower, or on Syrian civilians by Assad.

The constant exposure to such horrifying scenes of Western and Syrian atrocities can often have an effect similar to what might happen if these scenes had been experienced directly: that is, a form of psychological trauma that can even result in post-traumatic stress.

Such cult-like propaganda techniques help to invoke overwhelming emotions of shock and anger, which in turn serve to shut down reason and dehumanise the “Other”. The dehumanisation process is brought to fruition using twisted Islamist theology. What matters with this theology is not its authenticity, but its simplicity. This can work wonders on a psyche traumatised by visions of mass death, whose capacity for reason is immobilised with rage.

This is why the reliance on extreme literalism and complete decontextualisation is such a common feature of Islamist extremist teachings: because it seems, to someone credulous and unfamiliar with Islamic scholarship, to be literally true at first glance.

Building on decades of selective misinterpretation of Islamic texts by militant ideologues, sources are carefully mined and cherry-picked to justify the political agenda of the movement: tyrannical rule, arbitrary mass murder, subjugation and enslavement of women, and so on, all of which become integral to the very survival and expansion of the “state”.

As the main function of introducing extreme Islamist theological reasoning is to legitimise violence and sanction war, it is combined with propaganda videos that promise what the vulnerable recruit appears to be missing: glory, brotherhood, honour, and the promise of eternal salvation – no matter what crimes or misdemeanours one may have committed in the past.

Couple this with the promise of power – power over one’s enemies, power over Western institutions that have purportedly suppressed one’s Muslim brothers and sisters, power over women – and the appeal of IS, if its religious garb and claims of Godliness can be made convincing enough, can be irresistible.

What this means is that IS’s ideology, while important to understand and refute, is not the driving factor in its origins, existence and expansion. It is merely the opium of the people that it feeds to itself, and its prospective followers.

Ultimately, IS is a cancer of modern industrial capitalism in meltdown, a fatal by-product of our unwavering addiction to black gold, a parasitical symptom of escalating civilisational crises across both the Muslim and Western worlds. Until the roots of these crises are addressed, IS and its ilk are here to stay.