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The Creation of ISIS/Daesh

Posted in Human Rights, Politics, War, World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2017 by Boris Ekner

This text is a translation from the award winning journalist and war correspondent Magda Gad.

Magda Gad 1

In 2003, the CIA wanted to stop ISIS.
ISIS could have been stopped in 2003.
Instead, it was the CIA that was stopped in trying to beat ISIS.

The thousands of car bombs, beheadings, and throat cuttings, kidnappings, executions, the sectarian civil war in Iraq, the nearly one million people who one estimate have died after 2003, calling for an Islamic caliphate 2014, today’s war against ISIS – all this could have been stopped in 2003.

But that was not done.

How is this possible?

The explanation is simple.

On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda, under the leadership of the Saudi billionaire Usama bin Ladin performed a terrorist attack against the United States.

George W. Bush responded with declaring war on terrorism.

The United States invaded Afghanistan to push back the Taliban and al-Qaeda movements. Movements that the United States themselves funded and trained in the 1980s, when these Arab mujahedin were fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.
Mujahedin was, at that time, US soldiers in a war against communism. It was a proxy war, a war via ombud, between the US and the Soviets, taking place in Afghanistan.

After that mujahedin, led by Usama bin Ladin, turned against the United States.

Usama bin Ladin said that the worst event in his life was when Saudi Arabia rejected his proposal that the mujahedin would enter and defend Kuwait when Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein attacked the oil country.
Instead the Saudi royal family turned to the United States, who landed US troops in Saudi Arabia.
Usama bin Ladin saw this as a huge offense and a disgrace.
Prior to that, he had trade relations with Saudi Arabia and the United States, but after that he emigrated to Khartoum in Sudan and built up his terrorist network.

In 2003, the Bush administration received information from the CIA that there was a terror camp in northeastern Iraq, where efforts were made to produce chemical and biological weapons.
The CIA had infiltrators in the camp. They knew exactly where it was, and they had information that it was the terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who had recently established himself there and started the camp.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the poor thief of Zarqa in Jordan, had until then been a low level person within the terrorist networks in the Middle East.
During his travels to Afghanistan, he tried many times to be approved by al-Qaeda and by Usama bin Ladin, but they rejected him simply because they thought he was too unlatched and unsophisticated.

Many terrorists have nurtured their hatred from being rejected – one of them is Anders Behring Breivik.
But in the end, al-Zarqawi managed to get al-Qaida funding for the terrorist camp in northwestern Iraq.
However, when he had set it up, he had, except from his criminal career as a thief, pimp, and smuggler, not achieved anything special as a terrorist.

The CIA made the assessment that, during a forthcoming invasion, al-Zarqawi could do just that, and thus pose a serious threat to both Iraqi and the US troops.
In the chaos of an invasion, a person like al-Zarqawi could begin to commit terror.
That’s why the CIA wanted to bomb the camp where al-Zarkawi was – before any invasion.

But the response from George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney was; No.
As they had a terrorist nominated for them, they would not knock him out – but instead saw an opportunity to use him as a tray, a brick, in a political game.

The Bush administration made up a story that al-Zarqawi had a partnership with Saddam Hussein.
In a speech to the UN, Foreign Minister Colin Powell spent seven minutes talking about al-Zarkawi.
This, despite the fact that the CIA had explicitly stated that there were no links between al-Zarkawi and Saddam Hussein.
The CIA even said that al-Zarkawi was a person that Saddam Hussein would, undoubtedly, execute.

But the Bush administration needed to point out that there was a link between Saddam Hussein and Usama bin Ladin. With the help of such a link, the United States could also link Saddam Hussein to September 11, claiming that Saddam Hussein had attacked the United States and therefore needed to be overthrown – and al-Zarqawi was portrayed as that link.

Beyond the lie of al-Zarqawi’s connection with Saddam Hussein, the United States also lied that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.
With the help of these two lies, the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.

But by, and in front of the United Nations, connect al- Zarqawi with Usama bin Ladin, the United States made it possible not only to invade Iraq – they also elevated al-Zarqawi’s status as a terrorist.
In one single day he became world famous and someone Usama bin Ladin could no longer ignore.
al-Zarkawi got more space and when the United States invaded, he only waited for an opportunity to act.

That occasion was created when the United States resolved all Iraqi security forces as well as the Baath Party – hundreds of thousands of military trained and politically high-ranked people who had had power in Iraq were made unemployed.

Chaos broke out, and in this chaos al-Zarkawi took over a street in the middle of Baghdad and triggered his first car bomb. No car bomb had exploded in Iraq before this.

In the first recorded decapitating video in Iraq, al-Zarkawi himself cut the throat off what was the perfect victim for him – an American Jew.

al-Zarkawi created, in the power vacuum after Saddam Hussein, al-Qaeda in Iraq, AQI, and blasted car bomb after car bomb, kidnapped people, executed people without trial, and hanged people off bridges.

He primarily aimed his attacks against foreigners and shiites.

His plan of attacking Shia was to propagate a civil war between Iraqi main groups Shia and Sunni, which he succeeded doing.

He wanted Shia to make revenge attacks against Sunni, so the Sunni would turn to the terrorists to receive protection, protection in an Islamic caliphate that he wanted to proclaim.
This also happened – they did eventually turn to ISIS.

The United States said that the killing of al-Zarkawi was a success in the war on terrorism, words that they repeated several times during the war in Iraq.
They said that they made successes against terrorism.

Even Obama said this when the US troops left Iraq in 2011.

Then Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – a man who had been in a US prison in Iraq, which was infamous for torture, was released in 2010 – had taken over al-Zarqawi’s organization and renamed it to IS.

In 2014, he used another conflict – the one that had broken out in Syria – to set up and proclaim the Islamic caliphate. A land area that stretched across the borders between Iraq and Syria and was as large as Great Britain.

Something like that, al-Qaeda could never have done.
It was not even in Usama bin Ladin world of thought.
al-Qaeda never had the military power of ISIS.

Now it is 2017, and the war on terrorism has been going on for 16 years.

It is no longer the same men. Abu Musab al-Zarkawi, Usama bin Ladin, Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush are gone.

Today, the corresponding men are Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, and the US president Donald Trump.

The political game is the same.

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