US Created ISIS Terror Group

This text initially appeared at Zero Hedge


From the primary sudden, and fairly dramatic, look of the fanatical Islamic group generally known as ISIS which was largely exceptional till a yr in the past, on the world’s stage and which promptly changed the worn out and drained al Qaeda because the world’s terrorist bogeyman, we recommended that the “straight to beheading YouTube clip” function behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a easy one: use the Jihadists because the car of selection to attain a political aim: depose of Syria’s president Assad, who for years has stood in the way in which of a crucial Qatari pure gasoline pipeline, one which may dethrone Russia as Europe’s dominant – and belligerent – supply of vitality, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea navy construct up of 2013, which almost resulted in quasi-world conflict.

The narrative and the plotline had been so clear, even Russia noticed proper by means of them. Recall from September of final yr:

If the West bombs Islamic State militants in Syria with out consulting Damascus, LiveLeak stories that the anti-ISIS alliance might use the event to launch airstrikes in opposition to President Bashar Assad’s forces, based on Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov. Clearly comprehending that Obama’s new technique in opposition to ISIS in Syria is all about pushing the Qatar pipeline by means of (as was the impetus behind the 2013 intervention push), Russia is pushing again noting that the it’s utilizing ISIS as a pretext for bombing Syrian authorities forces and warning that “such a improvement would result in an enormous escalation of battle within the Center East and North Africa.”

Nevertheless it’s one factor to invest; it is one thing completely completely different to have laborious proof.

And whereas hypothesis was rife that similar to the CIA-funded al Qaeda had been used as a facade by the US to attain its personal geopolitical and nationwide pursuits over the previous twenty years, so ISIS was nothing greater than al Qaeda 2.0, there was no precise proof of simply this.

Which will all have modified now when a declassified secret US authorities doc obtained by the general public curiosity legislation agency, Judicial Watch, reveals that Western governments intentionally allied with al-Qaeda and different Islamist extremist teams to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.

In line with investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed in Medium, the “leaked doc reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West deliberately sponsored violent Islamist teams to destabilize Assad, regardless of anticipating that doing so may result in the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In line with the newly declassified US doc, the Pentagon foresaw the seemingly rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of the technique, however described this end result as a strategic alternative to “isolate the Syrian regime.” 

And never simply that: as we reported final week, now that ISIS is operating across the center east, reducing folks’s heads of in 1080p high quality and Hollywood-quality (maybe actually) video, the US has a reputable justification to promote billions price of contemporary, refined weapons within the area so as to “modernize” and “replenish” the weapons of such US allies as Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iraq.

However that the US military-industrial advanced is a winner each time conflict breaks out wherever on the planet (often with the help of the CIA) is obvious to everybody by now. What wasn’t clear is simply how the US predetermined the present course of occasions within the center east.

Now, due to the next declassified report, we’ve a much better understanding of not solely how present occasions within the center east got here to be, however what America’s puppermaster position main as much as all of it, was. 

From Nafeez Ahmed: Secret Pentagon report reveals West noticed ISIS as strategic asset Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad, rollback ‘Shia enlargement’, initially posted in Medium.

Hypocrisy

The revelations contradict the official line of Western authorities on their insurance policies in Syria, and lift disturbing questions on secret Western assist for violent extremists overseas, whereas utilizing the burgeoning menace of terror to justify extreme mass surveillance and crackdowns on civil liberties at house.

Among the many batch of paperwork obtained by Judicial Watch by means of a federal lawsuit, launched earlier this week, is a US Protection Intelligence Company (DIA) doc then categorized as “secret,” dated 12th August 2012.

The DIA gives navy intelligence in assist of planners, policymakers and operations for the US Division of Protection and intelligence group.

To date, media reporting has centered on the proof that the Obama administration knew of arms provides from a Libyan terrorist stronghold to rebels in Syria.

Some shops have reported the US intelligence group’s inner prediction of the rise of ISIS. But none have precisely acknowledged the disturbing particulars exposing how the West knowingly fostered a sectarian, al-Qaeda-driven insurrection in Syria.

Charles Shoebridge, a former British Military and Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism intelligence officer, stated:

“Given the political leanings of the organisation that obtained these paperwork, it’s unsurprising that the principle emphasis given to them so far has been an try to embarrass Hilary Clinton concerning what was identified concerning the assault on the US consulate in Benghazi in 2012. Nevertheless, the paperwork additionally comprise far much less publicized revelations that elevate vitally essential questions of the West’s governments and media of their assist of Syria’s insurrection.”

The West’s Islamists

The newly declassified DIA doc from 2012 confirms that the principle part of the anti-Assad insurgent forces by this time comprised Islamist insurgents affiliated to teams that will result in the emergence of ISIS. Regardless of this, these teams had been to proceed receiving assist from Western militaries and their regional allies.

Noting that “the Salafist [sic], the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI [al-Qaeda in Iraq] are the foremost forces driving the insurgency in Syria,” the doc states that “the West, Gulf nations, and Turkey assist the opposition,” whereas Russia, China and Iran “assist the [Assad] regime.”

The 7-page DIA doc states that al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the precursor to the ‘Islamic State in Iraq,’ (ISI) which turned the ‘Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,’ “supported the Syrian opposition from the start, each ideologically and thru the media.”

The previously secret Pentagon report notes that the “rise of the insurgency in Syria” has more and more taken a “sectarian course,” attracting numerous assist from Sunni “spiritual and tribal powers” throughout the area.

In a piece titled ‘The Future Assumptions of the Disaster,’ the DIA report predicts that whereas Assad’s regime will survive, retaining management over Syrian territory, the disaster will proceed to escalate “into proxy conflict.”

The doc additionally recommends the creation of “protected havens below worldwide sheltering, just like what transpired in Libya when Benghazi was chosen because the command centre for the non permanent authorities.”

In Libya, anti-Gaddafi rebels, most of whom had been al-Qaeda affiliated militias, had been protected by NATO ‘protected havens’ (aka ‘no fly zones’).

‘Supporting powers need’ ISIS entity

In a strikingly prescient prediction, the Pentagon doc explicitly forecasts the possible declaration of “an Islamic State by means of its union with different terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria.”

However, “Western nations, the Gulf states and Turkey are supporting these efforts” by Syrian “opposition forces” combating to “management the japanese areas (Hasaka and Der Zor), adjoining to Western Iraqi provinces (Mosul and Anbar)”:

“… there may be the opportunity of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in japanese Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and that is precisely what the supporting powers to the opposition need, so as to isolate the Syrian regime, which is taken into account the strategic depth of the Shia enlargement (Iraq and Iran).”

The key Pentagon doc thus gives extraordinary affirmation that the US-led coalition at the moment combating ISIS, had three years in the past welcomed the emergence of an extremist “Salafist Principality” within the area as a strategy to undermine Assad, and block off the strategic enlargement of Iran. Crucially, Iraq is labeled as an integral a part of this “Shia enlargement.”

The institution of such a “Salafist Principality” in japanese Syria, the DIA doc asserts, is “precisely” what the “supporting powers to the [Syrian] opposition need.” Earlier on, the doc repeatedly describes these “supporting powers” as “the West, Gulf nations, and Turkey.”

Additional on, the doc reveals that Pentagon analysts had been aware of the dire dangers of this technique, but ploughed forward anyway.

The institution of such a “Salafist Principality” in japanese Syria, it says, would create “the best ambiance for AQI to return to its previous pockets in Mosul and Ramadi.” Final summer time, ISIS conquered Mosul in Iraq, and simply this month has additionally taken management of Ramadi.

Such a quasi-state entity will present:

“… a renewed momentum below the presumption of unifying the jihad amongst Sunni Iraq and Syria, and the remainder of the Sunnis within the Arab world in opposition to what it considers one enemy. ISI may additionally declare an Islamic State by means of its union with different terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which can create grave hazard with regard to unifying Iraq and the safety of territory.”

The 2012 DIA doc is an Intelligence Data Report (IIR), not a “lastly evaluated intelligence” evaluation, however its contents are vetted earlier than distribution. The report was circulated all through the US intelligence group, together with to the State Division, Central Command, the Division of Homeland Safety, the CIA, FBI, amongst different companies.

In response to my questions concerning the technique, the British authorities merely denied the Pentagon report’s startling revelations of deliberate Western sponsorship of violent extremists in Syria. A British Overseas Workplace spokesperson stated:

“AQ and ISIL are proscribed terrorist organisations. The UK opposes all types of terrorism. AQ, ISIL, and their associates pose a direct menace to the UK’s nationwide safety. We’re a part of a navy and political coalition to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria, and are working with worldwide companions to counter the menace from AQ and different terrorist teams in that area. In Syria we’ve all the time supported these average opposition teams who oppose the tyranny of Assad and the brutality of the extremists.”

The DIA didn’t reply to request for remark.

Strategic asset for regime-change

Safety analyst Shoebridge, nonetheless, who has tracked Western assist for Islamist terrorists in Syria for the reason that starting of the conflict, identified that the key Pentagon intelligence report exposes deadly contradictions on the coronary heart of official pronunciations:

“All through the early years of the Syria disaster, the US and UK governments, and nearly universally the West’s mainstream media, promoted Syria’s rebels as average, liberal, secular, democratic, and subsequently deserving of the West’s assist. Provided that these paperwork wholly undermine this evaluation, it’s vital that the West’s media has now, regardless of their immense significance, nearly completely ignored them.”

In line with Brad Hoff, a former US Marine who served in the course of the early years of the Iraq Warfare and as a 9/11 first responder on the Marine Corps Headquarters in Battalion Quantico from 2000 to 2004, the simply launched Pentagon report for the primary time gives gorgeous affirmation that:

“US intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), however as a substitute of clearly delineating the group as an enemy, the report envisions the phobia group as a US strategic asset.”

Hoff, who’s managing editor of Levant Report — ?a web based publication run by Texas-based educators who’ve direct expertise of the Center East?—?factors out that the DIA doc “matter-of-factly” states that the rise of such an extremist Salafist political entity within the area gives a “device for regime change in Syria.”

The DIA intelligence report reveals, he stated, that the rise of ISIS solely turned potential within the context of the Syrian insurgency?—?“there is no such thing as a point out of US troop withdrawal from Iraq as a catalyst for Islamic State’s rise, which is the competition of innumerable politicians and pundits.” The report demonstrates that:

“The institution of a ‘Salafist Principality’ in Japanese Syria is ‘precisely’ what the exterior powers supporting the opposition need (recognized as ‘the West, Gulf International locations, and Turkey’) so as to weaken the Assad authorities.”

The rise of a Salafist quasi-state entity which may develop into Iraq, and fracture that nation, was subsequently clearly foreseen by US intelligence as seemingly?—?however however strategically helpful?—?blowback from the West’s dedication to “isolating Syria.”

Complicity

Critics of the US-led technique within the area have repeatedly raised questions concerning the position of coalition allies in deliberately offering in depth assist to Islamist terrorist teams within the drive to destabilize the Assad regime in Syria.

The standard knowledge is that the US authorities didn’t retain enough oversight on the funding to anti-Assad insurgent teams, which was imagined to be monitored and vetted to make sure that solely ‘average’ teams had been supported.

Nevertheless, the newly declassified Pentagon report proves unambiguously that years earlier than ISIS launched its concerted offensive in opposition to Iraq, the US intelligence group was absolutely conscious that Islamist militants constituted the core of Syria’s sectarian insurgency.

Regardless of that, the Pentagon continued to assist the Islamist insurgency, even whereas anticipating the chance that doing so would set up an extremist Salafi stronghold in Syria and Iraq.

As Shoebridge advised me, “The paperwork present that not solely did the US authorities on the newest by August 2012 know the true extremist nature and sure end result of Syria’s insurrection”?—?specifically, the emergence of ISIS?—?“however that this was thought of a bonus for US international coverage. This additionally suggests a choice to spend years in an effort to intentionally mislead the West’s public, by way of a compliant media, into believing that Syria’s insurrection was overwhelmingly ‘average.’”

Annie Machon, a former MI5 intelligence officer who blew the whistle within the 1990s on MI6 funding of al-Qaeda to assassinate Libya’s former chief Colonel Gaddafi, equally stated of the revelations:

“That is no shock to me. Inside particular person nations there are all the time a number of intelligence companies with competing agendas.”

She defined that MI6’s Libya operation in 1996, which resulted within the deaths of harmless folks, “occurred at exactly the time when MI5 was establishing a brand new part to analyze al-Qaeda.”

This technique was repeated on a grand scale within the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya, stated Machon, the place the CIA and MI6 had been:

“… supporting the exact same Libyan teams, leading to a failed state, mass homicide, displacement and anarchy. So the concept parts of the American military-security advanced have enabled the event of ISIS after their failed try to get NATO to as soon as once more ‘intervene’ is a part of a longtime sample. They usually stay detached to the sheer scale of human struggling that’s unleashed because of such game-playing.”

Divide and rule

A number of US authorities officers have conceded that their closest allies within the anti-ISIS coalition had been funding violent extremist Islamist teams that turned integral to ISIS.

US Vice President Joe Biden, for example, admitted final yr that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Turkey had funneled lots of of tens of millions of {dollars} to Islamist rebels in Syria that metamorphosed into ISIS.

However he didn’t admit what this inner Pentagon doc demonstrates?—?that the whole covert technique was sanctioned and supervised by the US, Britain, France, Israel and different Western powers.

The technique seems to suit a coverage situation recognized by a latest US Military-commissioned RAND Corp report.

The report, revealed 4 years earlier than the DIA doc, known as for the US “to capitalise on the Shia-Sunni battle by taking the aspect of the conservative Sunni regimes in a decisive trend and dealing with them in opposition to all Shiite empowerment actions within the Muslim world.”

The US would want to comprise “Iranian energy and affect” within the Gulf by “shoring up the standard Sunni regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Pakistan.” Concurrently, the US should preserve “a powerful strategic relationship with the Iraqi Shiite authorities” regardless of its Iran alliance.

The RAND report confirmed that the “divide and rule” technique was already being deployed “to create divisions within the jihadist camp. Right this moment in Iraq such a technique is getting used on the tactical degree.”

The report noticed that the US was forming “non permanent alliances” with al-Qaeda affiliated “nationalist rebel teams” which have fought the US for 4 years within the type of “weapons and money.” Though these nationalists “have cooperated with al-Qaeda in opposition to US forces,” they’re now being supported to use “the frequent menace that al-Qaeda now poses to each events.”

The 2012 DIA doc, nonetheless, additional reveals that whereas sponsoring purportedly former al-Qaeda insurgents in Iraq to counter al-Qaeda,Western governments had been concurrently arming al-Qaeda insurgents in Syria.

The revelation from an inner US intelligence doc that the very US-led coalition supposedly combating ‘Islamic State’ as we speak, knowingly created ISIS within the first place, raises troubling questions on latest authorities efforts to justify the enlargement of state anti-terror powers.

Within the wake of the rise of ISIS, intrusive new measures to fight extremism together with mass surveillance, the Orwellian ‘forestall obligation’ and even plans to allow authorities censorship of broadcasters, are being pursued on either side of the Atlantic, a lot of which disproportionately targets activists, journalists and ethnic minorities, particularly Muslims.

But the brand new Pentagon report reveals that, opposite to Western authorities claims, the first reason for the menace comes from their very own deeply misguided insurance policies of secretly sponsoring Islamist terrorism for doubtful geopolitical functions.

Dr Nafeez Ahmed is an investigative journalist, bestselling creator and worldwide safety scholar. A former Guardian author, he writes the ‘System Shift’ column for VICE’s Motherboard, and can also be a columnist for Center East Eye. He’s the winner of a 2015 Undertaking Censored Award, generally known as the ‘Different Pulitzer Prize’, for Excellent Investigative Journalism for his Guardian work, and was chosen within the Night Customary’s ‘Energy 1,000’ most globally influential Londoners.

Nafeez has additionally written for The Unbiased, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Scotsman, Overseas Coverage, The Atlantic, Quartz, Prospect, New Statesman, Le Monde diplomatique, New Internationalist, Counterpunch, Truthout, amongst others. He’s the creator of A Person’s Information to the Disaster of Civilization: And Learn how to Save It (2010), and the scifi thriller novel ZERO POINT, amongst different books. His work on the basis causes and covert operations linked to worldwide terrorism formally contributed to the 9/11 Fee and the 7/7 Coroner’s Inquest.

 

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