How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS


How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

 

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

The CIA first aligned itself with extremist Islam during the Cold War era. Back then, America saw the world in rather simple terms: on one side, the Soviet Union and Third World nationalism, which America regarded as a Soviet tool; on the other side, Western nations and militant political Islam, which America considered an ally in the struggle against the Soviet Union.

The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan, General William Odom recently remarked, “by any measure the U.S. has long used terrorism. In 1978-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the LAWYERS said the U.S. would be in violation.”

During the 1970′s the CIA used the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as a barrier, both to thwart Soviet expansion and prevent the spread of Marxist ideology among the Arab masses. The United States also OPENLY supported Sarekat Islam against Sukarno in Indonesia, and supported the Jamaat-e-Islami terror group against Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Pakistan. Last but certainly not least, there is Al Qaeda.

Lest we forget, the CIA gave birth to Osama Bin Laden and breastfed his organization during the 1980′s. Former British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, told the House of Commons that Al Qaeda was unquestionably a product of Western intelligence agencies. Mr. Cook explained that Al Qaeda, which literally means an abbreviation of “the database” in Arabic, was originally the computer database of the thousands of Islamist extremists, who were trained by the CIA and funded by the Saudis, in order to defeat the RUSSIANS in Afghanistan.

America’s relationship with Al Qaeda has always been a love-hate affair. Depending on whether a particular Al Qaeda terrorist group in a given region furthers American interests or not, the U.S. State Department either funds or aggressively targets that terrorist group. Even as American foreign policy makers claim to oppose Muslim extremism, they knowingly foment it as a weapon of foreign policy.

The Islamic State is its latest weapon that, much like Al Qaeda, is certainly backfiring. ISIS recently rose to international prominence after its thugs began beheading American journalists. Now the terrorist group controls an area the size of the United Kingdom.

In order to understand why the Islamic State has grown and flourished so quickly, one has to take a look at the organization’s American-backed roots. The 2003 American invasion and occupation of Iraq created the pre-conditions for radical Sunni groups, like ISIS, to take root. America, rather unwisely, destroyed Saddam Hussein’s secular state machinery and replaced it with a predominantly Shiite administration. The U.S. occupation caused vast UNEMPLOYMENT in Sunni areas, by rejecting socialism and closing down factories in the naive hope that the magical hand of the free market would create jobs. Under the new U.S.-backed Shiite regime, working class Sunni’s lost hundreds of thousands of jobs. Unlike the white Afrikaners in South Africa, who were allowed to keep their wealth after regime change, upper class Sunni’s were systematically dispossessed of their assets and lost their political influence. Rather than promoting religious integration and unity, American policy in Iraq exacerbated sectarian divisions and created a fertile breading ground for Sunni discontent, from which Al Qaeda in Iraq took root.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) used to have a different name: Al Qaeda in Iraq. After 2010 the group rebranded and refocused its efforts on Syria.

There are essentially three wars being waged in Syria: one between the government and the rebels, another between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and yet another between America and Russia. It is this third, neo-Cold War battle that made U.S. foreign policy makers decide to take the risk of arming Islamist rebels in Syria, because Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, is a key Russian ally. Rather embarrassingly, many of these Syrian rebels have now turned out to be ISIS thugs, who are OPENLYbrandishing American-made M16 Assault rifles.

America’s Middle East policy revolves around oil and Israel. The invasion of Iraq has partially satisfied Washington’s thirst for oil, but ongoing air strikes in Syria and economic sanctions on Iran have everything to do with Israel. The goal is to deprive Israel’s neighboring enemies, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestine’s Hamas, of crucial Syrian and Iranian support.

ISIS is not merely an instrument of terror used by America to topple the Syrian government; it is also used to put pressure on Iran.

The last time Iran invaded another nation was in 1738. Since independence in 1776, the U.S. has been engaged in over 53 military invasions and expeditions. Despite what the Western media’s war cries would have you believe, Iran is clearly not the threat to regional security, Washington is. An Intelligence Report published in 2012, endorsed by all sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies, confirms that Iran ended its nuclear weapons PROGRAM in 2003. Truth is, any Iranian nuclear ambition, real or imagined, is as a result of American hostility towards Iran, and not the other way around.

America is using ISIS in three ways: to attack its enemies in the Middle East, to serve as a pretext for U.S. military intervention abroad, and at home to foment a manufactured domestic threat, used to justify the unprecedented expansion of invasive domestic surveillance.

By rapidly increasing both government secrecy and surveillance, Mr. Obama’s government is increasing its power to watch its citizens, while diminishing its citizens’ power to watch their government. Terrorism is an excuse to justify mass surveillance, in preparation for mass revolt.

The so-called “War on Terror” should be seen for what it really is: a pretext for maintaining a dangerously oversized U.S. military. The two most powerful groups in the U.S. foreign policy establishment are the Israel lobby, which directs U.S. Middle East policy, and the Military-Industrial-Complex, which profits from the former group’s actions. Since George W. Bush declared the “War on Terror” in October 2001, it has cost the American taxpayer approximately 6.6 trillion dollars and thousands of fallen sons and daughters; but, the wars have also raked in billions of dollars for Washington’s military elite.

In fact, more than seventy American companies and individuals have won up to $27 billion in contracts for work in postwar Iraq and Afghanistan over the last three years, according to a recent study by the Center for Public Integrity. According to the study, nearly 75 per cent of these private companies had EMPLOYEES or board members, who either served in, or had close ties to, the executive branch of the Republican and Democratic administrations, members of Congress, or the highest levels of the military.

In 1997, a U.S. Department of Defense REPORT stated, “the data show a strong correlation between U.S. involvement abroad and an increase in terrorist attacks against the U.S.” Truth is, the only way America can win the “War On Terror” is if it stops giving terrorists the motivation and the resources to attack America. Terrorism is the symptom; American imperialism in the Middle East is the cancer. Put simply, the War on Terror is terrorism; only, it is conducted on a much larger scale by people with jets and missiles.

Garikai Chengu is a research scholar at Harvard University.

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What Laws of War? We do what we want! The USA administration don’t care, as usual, of people’s lives: they do not care about the lives of the Americans themselves…


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Since George W. Bush declared the “War on Terror” in October 2001, it has cost the American taxpayer approximately 6.6 trillion dollars and thousands of fallen sons and daughters (Garikai Chengu)

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In a perverse way, maybe it’s progress that the US is now admitting that it doesn’t really care about how many civilians it kills in its efforts to “decapitate” a few suspected terrorist leaders.

Still, it’s disturbing in the extreme to see this admission reported without comment in the US corporate media, which treats the information like just another announcement about how the latest war is being fought — say what kind of ammunition is being fired by the Reaper drones being sent into Syria, or what kinds of bombs the F-16s are dropping.

Here was the White House announcement, as reported by Michael IsIkoff in Yahoo…

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The War on Terrorism is Terrorism: How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS


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The two most powerful groups in the U.S. foreign policy establishment are the Israel lobby, which directs U.S. Middle East policy, and the Military-Industrial-Complex, which profits from the former group’s actions.

Originally posted on the real SyrianFreePress Network:

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The two most powerful groups in the U.S. foreign policy establishment are the Israel lobby, which directs U.S. Middle East policy, and the Military-Industrial-Complex, which profits from the former group’s actions.

America is using ISIS in three ways:
1) to attack its enemies in the Middle East,
2) to serve as a pretext for U.S. military intervention abroad,
3) and at home to foment a manufactured domestic threat, used to justify the unprecedented expansion of invasive domestic surveillance.

Since George W. Bush declared the “War on Terror” in October 2001, it has cost the American taxpayer approximately 6.6 trillion dollars and thousands of fallen sons and daughters; but, the wars have also raked in billions of dollars for Washington’s military elite.

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The War on Terrorism is Terrorism

How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

by Garikai Chengu – Counterpunch

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic…

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Syrian Army Military Operations Against Foreign-Backed Mercenary-Terrorists Continue Across The Country


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Army units on Tuesday continued operations against the foreign-backed terrorists across the country, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

Units of the armed forces continued the military operations against gatherings and dens of terrorists in a number of areas in the northern province of Aleppo and its countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

A military source told SANA that army units targeted gatherings of terrorists in the areas of al-Sheikh Said, al-Mashhad, al-Enzarat, Salah Eddin, al-A’azamiya and to the west of al-Mansoura in Aleppo, leaving many terrorists dead and wounded.

The source added that units of the armed forces also destroyed a number of cars, killing all terrorists inside them in the areas of Kwaires, al-Jandoul, Handarat camp, to the west of Urm, Hraitan, Khan al-Asal, Baben, al-Maslamiya, A’azaz and Banan in the countryside of the province.

Army units target terrorists’ dens along the Syrian-Lebanese borders in Jarrod al-Kalamoon in Damascus countryside, eliminating dozens of them.

The army units eliminated a number of terrorists and injured others in the village of al-Ghajar in al-Rastan in Homs countryside, among them leader of an armed terrorist group Sadam Hamdan.

A military source told SANA that an army unit thwarted terrorists’ attempt to infiltrate from Jsir al-Kharab towards the farms and grooves of al-Waer in Homs, killing and injuring a number of them.

The source added that the army units killed and wounded a big number of terrorists in the villages of Masa’dah, Unq al-Hawa, Um Sahrij and al-Sultaniyeh in the eastern countryside of Homs and in Gharibeh farm in Talbiseh town.

An army unit killed a number of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists when they were attempting to attack a military post in al-Mi’bar area in the city of Deir Ezzor.

A source in the province said that another army unit killed a number of the ISIS and injured others near Jsir al-Siyaseh in al-Howiaka neighborhood and destroyed their weapons.

Originally posted on the real SyrianFreePress Network:

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Army units on Tuesday continued operations against the foreign-backed terrorists across the country, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

Units of the armed forces continued the military operations against gatherings and dens of terrorists in a number of areas in the northern province of Aleppo and its countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

A military source told SANA that army units targeted gatherings of terrorists in the areas of al-Sheikh Said, al-Mashhad, al-Enzarat, Salah Eddin, al-A’azamiya and to the west of al-Mansoura in Aleppo, leaving many terrorists dead and wounded.

The source added that units of the armed forces also destroyed a number of cars, killing all terrorists inside them in the areas of Kwaires, al-Jandoul, Handarat camp, to the west of Urm, Hraitan, Khan al-Asal, Baben, al-Maslamiya, A’azaz and Banan in the countryside of the province.

Army units target terrorists’ dens along the Syrian-Lebanese borders in Jarrod al-Kalamoon in Damascus…

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