[Updated 24 Sept 2014] – Reuters reports that the air campaign (really just a front for us to illegally attack a sovereign country) against the shadowy group “Khorasan” was one of the prime objectives since it was planning “imminent” attacks in the U.S. — yeah, right. Reading further down in the article, we see the following:
Some Islamists contacted by Reuters in Syria did not seem to consider Khorasan a separate group, regarding its members as part of Nusra, one of the major forces fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“We are not sure what group they are talking about,” one Islamist source in Syria told Reuters. “They are probably making a distinction between Khorasan leaders and others, but this is only a Western term. For us this is all empty words.”
And who is this “Nusrah”, but a part of Al Qaeda, and on the official terrorist groups list of the U.S. But wait: We are supplying them with military weapons, as reported by The Independent:
“The rebel leader (Jamal Maarouf) touted as the West’s last hope to stem the tide of extreme jihadist groups in Syria has said he will not fight against al-Qa’ida, and openly admits to battling alongside them…Western support for Maarouf and other moderate rebel groups reached a high point earlier this year, when the SRF was the recipient of significant aid from the US and its allies…Maarouf admits to fighting alongside Jabhat al-Nusra (the same Nusra we just targeted) – he cites the battle of Yabroud, against the regime, as an example of how his group shared weapons with Jabhat al-Nusra…”
And the L.A. Times reports video evidence of U.S. Anti-tank weapons in Syria, which makes sense because NPR reported in April that the CIA intended to ramp up the transfer of these exact weapons to the “moderate rebel” forces, that share these with Al-Qaeda…and you know HOW the CIA received all those weapons, right? (Read Inconvenient Truth #82: The real story of Benghazi)
So, in summary, we are sending U.S. military weapons, stolen from Libya (which is the reason for the attacks on the Embassy, resulting in the death of the Ambassador and others, because a stand-down was ordered on the rescuers to avoid exposing CIA transfering weapons to Al-Qaeda), and given to Nusra, a terrorist organization even WE recognize as such…
(Note: All documents related to this update can be found archived here)
The latest threat in the unending war of terror (excuse me, “war ON terror” is a group going by the name of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS (because we always have to have nicknames or acronyms). In a report dated 17 June 2014, CBS news asks
So, what’s the REAL story behind ISIS? The following are excerpts from stories you probably have not read, but should enlighten you as to who is “pulling the strings” behind these manufactured operations:
First, from Global Research: “…The “War on Terrorism” consists in creating Al Qaeda terrorist entities as part of an intelligence operation, as well as also coming to the rescue of governments which are the target of the terrorist insurgency. This process is carried out under the banner of counter-terrorism. It creates the pretext to intervene.
ISIS is a caliphate project of creating a Sunni Islamist state. It is not a project of the Sunni population of Iraq which is broadly committed to secular forms of government. The caliphate project is part of a US intelligence agenda.
In response to the advance of the ISIS rebels, Washington is envisaging the use of aerial bombings as well as drone attacks in support of the Baghdad government as part of a counter-terrorism operation. It is all for a good cause: to fight the terrorists, without of course acknowledging that these terrorists are the “foot soldiers” of the Western military alliance.
The Islamic caliphate is supported covertly by the CIA in liaison with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkish intelligence. Israel is also involved in channeling support to both Al Qaeda rebels in Syria (out of the Golan Heights) as well to the Kurdish separatist movement in Syria and Iraq.
More broadly, the “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT) encompasses a consistent and diabolical logic: both sides –namely the terrorists and the government– are supported by the same military and intelligence actors, namely US-NATO…”
Next, from the Daily Telegraph (12 Jun 2014): “…In order to understand this new phenomenon (i.e., ISIS), it is essential to grasp what brought it into being. Its emergence can be traced straight back to the Iraq invasion. Some of its fighters (who bring formidable military capability) are former Ba’athist soldiers. Others learned their trade with the so-called “Awakening fighting” groups created by the US to head off an all-out Iraqi civil war back in 2007.
The Western campaign to dislodge President Assad of Syria was another contributing factor. While our leaders were ready to call for Assad to go, they were unwilling to intervene directly to dislodge him. Instead, mainly through allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the West supported militant rebel groups which have since mutated into Isis and other al‑Qaeda connected militias.
The comparison with the terrible mistakes made by Western intelligence agencies during the Afghan war against the Soviets is startling. We supported al‑Qaeda, which later turned on us. Thanks to this policy, Pakistan now faces a permanent terrorist insurgency bordering on civil war. It is very likely that Turkey (and probably Jordan and Saudi Arabia) will face the same problem in due course as a result of the Syrian backlash. Meanwhile, jihadists have found a new terror base from which they can mount attacks on the West. All this was predictable at the start of the Syrian war – indeed, President Assad warned of it.
How can the West hope to contain the monster it helped to create?…”
And how about this: (WND) -“JERUSALEM – Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.
The officials said dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq.
The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida.
In February 2012, WND was first to report the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region.
That report has since been corroborated by numerous other media accounts.
Last March, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported Americans were training Syrian rebels in Jordan.
Quoting what it said were training participants and organizers, Der Spiegel reported it was not clear whether the Americans worked for private firms or were with the U.S. Army, but the magazine said some organizers wore uniforms. The training in Jordan reportedly focused on use of anti-tank weaponry.
The German magazine reported some 200 men received the training over the previous three months amid U.S. plans to train a total of 1,200 members of the Free Syrian Army in two camps in the south and the east of Jordan.
Britain’s Guardian newspaper also reported last March that U.S. trainers were aiding Syrian rebels in Jordan along with British and French instructors.
Reuters reported a spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department declined immediate comment on the German magazine’s report. The French foreign ministry and Britain’s foreign and defense ministries also would not comment to Reuters.
The Jordanian officials spoke to WND amid concern the sectarian violence in Iraq will spill over into their own country as well as into Syria.
ISIS previously posted a video on YouTube threatening to move on Jordan and “slaughter” King Abdullah, whom they view as an enemy of Islam.
WND reported last week that, according to Jordanian and Syrian regime sources, Saudi Arabia has been arming the ISIS and that the Saudis are a driving force in supporting the al-Qaida-linked group.
WND further reported that, according to a Shiite source in contact with a high official in the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the Obama administration has been aware for two months that the al-Qaida-inspired group that has taken over two Iraqi cities and now is threatening Baghdad also was training fighters in Turkey.
The source told WND that at least one of the training camps of the group Iraq of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria, the ISIS, is in the vicinity of Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey, where American personnel and equipment are located.
He called Obama “an accomplice” in the attacks that are threatening the Maliki government the U.S. helped establish through the Iraq war.
The source said that after training in Turkey, thousands of ISIS fighters went to Iraq by way of Syria to join the effort to establish an Islamic caliphate subject to strict Islamic law, or Shariah.”
And finally, about the leader of ISIS: “…Al-Baghdadi preached at several mosques and also led several smaller militant groups before being promoted to a seat on a council of the mujahedeen and judicial councils of the Islamic State in Iraq, which promoted Baghdadi to succeed its two former leaders.
In 2005, he was captured by U.S. forces and spent the next four years as a prisoner at the Bucca Camp in southern Iraq, according to The Washington Post. Some believe the four years he was held at Camp Bucca inflamed his radicalization.
At the camp, he met and trained with key al-Qaeda fighters, according to Al-Monitor.
Camp Bucca once held about 26,000 inmates, many of whom were Islamic extremists and factional leaders in the sectarian war that devastated Iraq in 2006 and 2007. Prisoners described the conditions at the desert compound as harsh, according to The Guardian.
Inmates at Camp Bucca were segregated into Sunni and Shia areas. Critics of the facility say it became a terror-training institute, run by aggrieved inmates under a severe interpretation of Islamic law.
“It is al-Qa’ida central down there,” Sheikh Ali Hatem Suleiman, a tribal leader from Anbar province told The Guardian. “What better way to teach everyone how to become fanatical than put them all together for scant reason, then deprive them?”
The US military began releasing 1,000 prisoners per month before it closed the facility in September, 2009. Some faced the Iraqi justice system, but the majority of those released – including al-Baghdadi – faced no further charges.
When al-Baghdadi was released by the U.S., he said, “I’ll see you in New York,” according to ABC News…”
Here is an interview with Michael Krieger (archived here) in July 2014, discussing ISIS as a intelligence operation