by Syarif Hidayat
Texas Governor Rick Perry has raised the alarm that terrorists from the ISIL Takfiri group and other extremist militants may have already entered the US soil via the Mexican border. Perry stressed the need for Washington to take immediate action to prevent Takfiri terrorists from sneaking into the United States via Mexico, saying the militants could have already taken advantage of the country’s lax border security and stepped on the American soil.
“I think there is the obvious, great concern that — because of the condition of the border from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across,” said the former presidential candidate. The American politician further stated there was “no clear evidence” that the Takfiri terrorists have slipped across the Mexican border. However, he emphasized the “very real possibility” that the militants might already be within the country’s borders.
Perry’s comments come a few days after a gruesome video surfaced on the Internet showing a suspected British terrorist beheading American journalist James Foley in what is said to be retaliation for recent US airstrikes against the ISIL Takfiri group in Iraq. The footage, dubbed “A Message to America,” also warned that the ISIL terrorist group would slay kidnapped American journalist Steven Sotloff if Washington did not halt the airstrikes.
In an interview with The Hill, US Congressman Peter King said the beheading of the American journalist by the ISIL Takfiris is “a declaration of war” on the United States, stressing, “There is a war. It’s a threat to the US and we have to fight back.”
The Western countries’ support for Takfiri ISIL terrorists operating in Syria has emboldened the terror group to commit heinous crimes in the country and Iraq, an analyst tells Press TV. Referring to the recent beheading of an American journalist by the ISIL in Iraq, political commentator Hafsa Kara-Mustapha told Press TV in an interview that the crime “was very much expected to be honest.”
She said since deadly violence erupted in Syria in 2011, people have been seeking to persuade Western nations not to fund and support the militant groups in the Arab country “in any way shape or form.” She added that the killing of the American journalist James Foley came “as a consequence of the support and funding that the groups in Syria have been receiving from the West.”
The ISIL terrorists released a video on Tuesday which shows a black-masked militant beheading Foley, who was abducted by unknown gunmen in Syria two years ago, in retaliation for US airstrikes against the group in Iraq. Kara-Mustapha further expressed doubt as to whether the beheading of the journalist would affect the relations between the US and the ISIL as what the terrorists are “ trying to do is to sew division and create more chaos in the region, which is very much in line with what the Americans have been doing for the best part of ten years.”
American news website WorldNetDaily (WND) reveled in June that the US military instructors trained ISIL militants at a secret base in Jordan in 2012 to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Earlier this month, Obama authorized the use of airstrikes to prevent the advance of ISIL terrorists in Iraq and to protect US personnel and interests inside the country. The decision came after Washington’s inaction regarding the massacres in Iraq and Syria. The US along with its Western and regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — is reportedly supporting militants operating inside Syria.
President Obama requests $500mn for militants
US President Barack Obama has requested $500 million from Congress to train and arm militants fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “While we continue to believe that there is no military solution to this crisis and that the United States should not put American troops into combat in Syria, this request marks another step toward helping the Syrian people,” Caitlin Hayden, the national security spokeswoman, said in a statement.
If approved, the program would supplement a covert train-and-assistance program run by US intelligence agencies. The Senate has already authorized to provide equipment, supplies, and training services to the anti-Damascus militants. The money can “help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control and facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats, and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement,” the Obama administration said in its budget request to Congress Thursday.
Washington has been openly supporting the armed opposition in Syria both financially and militarily in the years-long conflict that ravaged the Arab nation. The program is part of a broader $65.8 billion overseas operations request that the administration sent to Congress, the Associated Press reported. The package includes $1 billion to help stabilize nations bordering Syria that are struggling with the effects of the civil war.
It also formalizes a request for a previously announced $1 billion to strengthen the US military presence in Central and Eastern Europe.
The US government claims it has launched several airstrikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. These are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.
It is traditional US diplomacy to play a double game — on the one hand training, arming and financing terrorists to overthrow or destabilize non-compliant governments, while at the same time condemning those same malcontents when it is convenient to do so. It is common knowledge that “al-Qaeda” got its start as CIA mercenaries against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. That fact didn’t stop President Bush from declaring his delusional and totally fraudulent “war on terror,” vowing to eliminate the CIA’s very own Frankenstein creation.
How do we really know what the US is doing in Iraq at the moment? How do we know that they really are carrying out strikes against ISIS? How do US forces know who is ISIS and who isn’t? Do ISIS members wear bright pink uniforms so that they stand out in a crowd and can thus be precision targeted by American fighter jets?
For all we know, these airstrikes could be targeting Iraqi army and police forces that are fighting against ISIS militants. Maybe the plan is to covertly help ISIS fragment and destabilize Iraq and exacerbate the country’s misery. Perhaps ISIS is being used as leverage against the unreliable puppets in Baghdad; one can picture Obama threatening al-Maliki that if he doesn’t follow Washington’s demands like a blind mule, more ISIS fighters will be flooded into the country.
This whole thing could also be an Orwellian bluff designed to deflect attention from Israel’s biennial ritual slaughter in Gaza. ISIS’s presence in Iraq is being used as an excuse to continue to bomb that beleaguered and thoroughly victimized nation. Obviously Washington doesn’t give a damn if the people of Iraq fall victim to ISIS; in fact Washington would love nothing more than a few more Iraqi corpses.
Only a fool would believe that Washington cares about the well-being of Iraqis after extinguishing the lives of close to two million of them since the genocidal 2003 invasion and relegating millions more to lives of misery and despair. America wants to keep Iraq in a state of perpetual decay, unable to assert its own interests or do much of anything without Washington’s assistance. Yes, US foreign policy doesn’t make much sense. US policies vis-a-vis the Middle East aren’t logical because those policies are not intended to serve any true US national interest, but rather to expedite Israel’s regional objectives, which constitute a Machiavellian grand plan of divide and rule.
The mainstream media wants us to believe ISIS sprung up out of a hole in the ground and became powerful enough to take over large cities without any assistance from the big powers. The ineptitude of that narrative is an insult to everyone’s intelligence. Reports are circulating which suggest that ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was trained by the Israeli Mossad in psychological warfare; that he is essentially an actor playing the role of “Islamic radical.” It wouldn’t be the first time a Zionist asset posed as an Islamic radical in order to blacken the name of Islam.
Shortly after 9/11 an American Jew named Adam Pearlman started calling himself Adam Gadahn. He grew a scary Islamic beard and then allegedly joined al-Qaeda, becoming the group’s “spokesman” and PR man. Gadahn appeared in numerous menacing al-Qaeda videos preaching “jihad” against America, but his cover was blown when an Orange County newspaper revealed him to be the grandson of a prominent Zionist who sat on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, Zionism’s main Hasbara propaganda arm in the US.
ISIS’s true intention, many claim, is to incite sectarian divide in Israel’s neighbouring states, thereby advancing Tel Aviv’s Oded Yinon plan for the balkanizing and fracturing of its regional foes. Is it any coincidence that ISIS and its affiliates have targeted Libya, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon with the most furor, while leaving the corrupt, US-backed dictatorships in Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, etc. alone. Not to mention ISIS’s complete lack of action against Israel or the US.
Regarding the current manufactured crises in Syria and Iraq, the mainstream media presents viewers with nonsensical and inconsequential debates about “moderate” and “extremist” rebel fighters, as if there is such a thing as a “moderate” rebel who is nonetheless armed to the teeth and attempting to overthrow a sovereign state through force of arms. What goes unstated on these pitiful mainstream media programs is the basic common sense that the United States has no right to stick its nose in the internal affairs of other countries.
A US military presence or action of any kind in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and everywhere else Washington has endeavoured to insert its poisonous tentacles, is a breach of sovereignty and constitutes a crime against peace. What if China started taking unilateral military action in the US, attempting to change the course of political developments through military intervention, against the wishes of most American people? Do Americans ever ask themselves that question when they mindlessly chant, “support the troops”? Americans should “support the troops” by demanding they be brought back home from every last cave and crevasse they are currently occupying across the globe.
What also goes unmentioned by the chirping air-heads of the mainstream media, for obvious reasons, is that many of the problems in the Middle East wouldn’t exist if not for the establishment of “Israel” in 1948 on the blood and bones of the Palestinians. Much of the unrest in the region stems from that original sin. The bellicose, racist regime in Tel Aviv is bent not only on the conquest of the Middle East but the whole world, as pronounced in coded language by Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion in a 1962 interview published in Look Magazine.
In the interview Ben-Gurion outlined his vision for the future, predicting that by 1987 all countries and continents, with the exception of the Soviet Union, “will become united in a world alliance, at whose disposal will be an international police force. All armies will be abolished, and there will be no more wars.” Ben-Gurion continued his grandiose presage, stating that “In Jerusalem, the United Nations (a truly United Nations) will build a Shrine of the Prophets to serve the federated union of all continents; this will be the seat of the Supreme Court of Mankind, to settle all controversies among the federated continents, as prophesied by Isaiah.”
In other words, Ben-Gurion envisioned Jerusalem to be the cornerstone of a global government led by Zionists. Is it any wonder that the United States, the home of close to half the world’s Jews, has been acting as Israel’s New World Order strong-arm against all who dare to resist the Zionists’ diabolical globalist scheme?
*Brandon Martinez is a freelance writer and journalist from Canada whose area of expertise is foreign policy, international affairs and 20th and 21st century history. His writing is focused on issues such as Zionism, Israel-Palestine, American and Canadian foreign policy, war, terrorism and deception in media and politics.
President Obama has announced that 300 American “advisors” would be deployed to Iraq to answer the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group, the American trained and supplied Al Qaeda/Takfiri militant group unleashed on the people of Syria some years ago. Obama announced that the US would begin Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) activities in the Middle East in order to learn more about the threats the US trained ISIL forces pose.
Obama, however, may well have been unaware that every 60 minutes an American spy satellite passes over Syria and Iraq with high resolution optical and synthetic aperture radar capable of identifying a single individual. He also seems unaware that the US maintains a massive signals intelligence base in Al Quds (Jerusalem) that monitors all traffic in the Middle East, a sea of not only antennas but a giant aerostat larger than a football field, thousands of feet in the air that sees and hears everything well into Iran and beyond.
There is much Obama doesn’t seem to know.
While militants fight Iraqi forces over that nation’s largest oil refinery, a column of American armor heads toward Damascus, captured from the Iraqi military. While the media tries to present this as the work of a backward “Al Qaeda” franchise operation, quite something else is afoot.
We haven’t seen a complex military operation of this scope since 9/11. The planning and logistics required are not just nearly inconceivable, they betray the full complicity of more than one operational command with access to satellite intelligence, shipping and rail capabilities and full air supremacy.
MEET THE PLAYERS
For eight years, Dick Cheney and his Israeli/Saudi friends wielded the world’s largest military force, America’s two million men, $1.5 trillion dollar per year juggernaut. Intelligence sources now tell us that this same trio, hiding behind the ISIL, is waging a corporate war across the Middle East, a surrogate war backed by corporate billions.
Military and intelligence analysts conclude that ISIL operations continue to enjoy full intelligence and logistical support, port and rail facilities through Aqaba, Jordan, safe transit for militants through Israel. All other claimed sources of supply, particularly those through Turkey are a fabrication, deception and cover. Moving military hardware through Turkey, multiple layers of military and police oversight, harbors under full naval control, is an absolute impossibility. Nothing moves in Turkey without full complicity of both civil and military authority, something that, at this time, simply doesn’t exist.
All of this is meant to hide the complicity, not only of Saudi Arabia and Israel in support of Al Qaeda but that the entire “Arab winter” operation we are seeing, the unraveling of any movement remotely resembling “popular government,” is simply a rerun of the post 9/11 Bush/Blair “heist” sold to the public as the “war on terror.” The US-built armor and transportation handed over to the ISIL in Mosul is far from the first help they have received “Made in USA.”
From Veterans Today correspondent, Jeffrey Silverman reporting from the Republic of Georgia: “The supposedly captured US Humvees his troops have taken to Syria are purported to be the inanimate equivalents of the US hostages held for so long in Iran in the late seventies. However, the track record of al-Shishani himself, and the various players in the region, indicates that something else is going on.
The US-backed rebels are losing ground in Syria. ISIL, though presented as the enemy in northern Iraq, has been installed there to finish the job the original rebels have proved unable to. The capture of the equipment is in fact a strategic handover. It serves two purposes: to equip the anti-Assad forces and to provide cover for equipment being brought out of Afghanistan and handed over to ISIL. It will be said, if anyone notices, that this equipment must have been stolen from northern Iraq, because we have seen this happen on TV, and CNN says so!”
PAVING THE WAY
Unseen by constellations of surveillance satellites and dozens of American drones, the ISIL, the Chechen led “militant” army simply walked into and across Iraq. Though Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia monitor all communications in the region, though armies of “assets” line every road and infest every village, it was all unseen, unheard, and to anyone who understand military operations, unbelievable.
The operational scope seen in the current two front war waged by what we are told is a Takfiri-led movement steeped in religious and tribal extremism. Though this is true to an extent and certainly a factor in recruiting fighters, the “taskings” the ISIL has followed are global, clearly economically driven and tied to an agenda more closely aligned with Wall Street than their secret Saudi paymasters.
With a majority Shiite population and a newly established tradition of voting along religious lines, the idea of a Sunni minority taking control of Iraq is a pipe dream. This is what makes the current attacks something very different than they seem. With Kurdistan aligned, for the time at least, with Baghdad, the real target, Kirkuk and its vast oil fields, should well be outside the ability of the ISIL, no matter how much help they receive from disaffected Sunnis in Iraq, to move against.
Yet the Kirkuk fields and the end hub of the Kirkuk, Baku, Ceyhan Pipeline is the obvious target. As long as these assets along with the oil fields to the South, Basra, are producing, Iraq can and will weather this current storm, providing realistic political reforms are put on the table. What is yet to be seen is how far those who seek to destroy Iraq are willing to go, what they have promised and to whom.
Iraq has known war, a decade of war with Iran and another against the United States. No nation in recent history has known comparable suffering, not even Vietnam. There will be no winners if Iraq comes apart.
**Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, a combat infantryman, and Senior Editor at Veterans Today. His career has included extensive experience in international banking along with such diverse areas as consulting on counter insurgency, defense technologies or acting as diplomatic representative for UN humanitarian and economic development efforts. Gordon Duff has traveled to over 80 nations. His articles are published around the world and translated into a number of languages. He is regularly on TV and radio, a popular and sometimes controversial guest.
ISIL: Independent regional actor or CIA-Mossad proxy? (by Abdullah Weiler)***
“If the United States thinks that they can fix things by bombing the area now, it is impossible.” —Mehmet Ali Sahin, deputy chairman of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party Recent territorial gains in Iraq by the ISIL, the self-proclaimed Islamic State also known as ISIS or DAESH, allegedly without foreknowledge of the western powers, beg the question of who is behind the al-Qa’ida alumnus.
Pundits are quick to accuse Saudi Arabia, but other informed sources point to Qatar and Turkey as the main culprits behind the violent Takfiri terrorist cum non-state actor. Still others claim that the ISIL is a U.S. and U.K. trained, CIA- Mossad proxy force led by a Jewish operative.
The ISIL has its origins in a Kurdish insurgent group, which formed after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and was headed by former arch terrorist Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi, who swore allegiance to al-Qa’ida in 2004 to form al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI). After al-Zarqawi’s death by a U.S. air raid in 2006, the surge in 2007 and the program of bribing Sunni tribesmen to renounce resistance against the American occupation, AQI experienced a period of decline, but rebounded after the start of the western regime change operation in Syria in 2011, when the leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, dispatched fighters for Jabhat al-Nusra while renaming his contingent in Iraq the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI).
Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan was heavily involved with arming Takfiri terrorists in Syria and Iraq during his tenure as head of Saudi intelligence from July 20, 2012 until his departure on April 15, 2014. An ambassador to the U.S. for 22 years, Prince Bandar has freely employed terrorists in pursuit of U.S. and Saudi policy objectives, and even obliquely threatened Russian Prime Minister Putin with the disruption of the Sochi Winter Olympic games by extremists under Saudi control. “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea next year,” Bandar reportedly said to Putin in a July 2013 meeting.
Qatar has been the chief logistical supplier to the Takfiri extremists attempting to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad. According to the New York Times, as of 2013 Qatar had supplied insurgents with some 85 planeloads of weapons and supplies as opposed to 37 for Saudi Arabia and lesser amounts for other actors such as Jordan. While not as big a financial supporter as Qatar, Turkey nevertheless serves as the primary logistical base through which most munitions, materials and manpower are funneled to the foreign-backed militants in Syria.
In a press conference in August 2009 with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President Abdullah Gül, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the ruler of Qatar, expressed his desire to route a pipeline across Syria to Turkey for exporting his country’s vast liquid natural gas reserves. “We are eager to have a gas pipeline from Qatar to Turkey,” he exclaimed, and in pursuit of that goal, Qatar began aiding a foreign insurgency in Syria almost as soon as Muamar al-Gadhafi had been killed in Libya in October 2011. Previously, Qatar had played a key role in toppling the Libyan regime by supplying rebels with weapons, supplies and training.
In January 2012 on the CBS news program 60 Minutes, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani publicly announced his desire to topple the Syrian government, declaring, “For such a situation to stop the killing…some troops should go to stop the killing.” Then in February, Qatar’s Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani affirmed, “We should do whatever is necessary to help [the Syrian opposition], including giving them weapons to defend themselves.” To that end and at the request of Saudi deputy foreign minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Saud, a military command and control center was established in the Turkish city of Adana, which is home to the U.S. air base of Incirlik, a convenient location for forwarding Washington’s “nonlethal” aid.
Naming three Kuwaitis as prime fundraisers for ISIL, U.S. Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen said, “Through fundraising appeals on social media and the use of financial networks, Shafi Al Ajmi, Hajaj Al Ajmi, and Al Anizi have been funding the terrorists fighting in Syria and Iraq.” Besides the funds funneling through Kuwait, ISIL seems to be developing its own financial sector. Paul Sullivan, a Middle East specialist at Georgetown University in Washington, said, “ISIL is developing in a vital oil, gas and trade area of the world.” Previously, ISIL gained control of the former Conoco gas field at Deir al-Zor in Syria, and, according reliable estimates, was already netting about $8 million a month before recent territorial gains in Iraq.
The U.S. sees itself and its western allies as being locked in “an epic struggle against adversaries bent on forming a unified Islamic world to supplant Western dominance.” Of course ISIL plays a leading role as the current villain in this continuing drama that bears an uncanny resemblance to a U.S. Army mission trajectory called “Expanding Scope,” which is discussed in a 2008 report entitled “Unfolding the Future of the Long War” by the Rand Corporation. “A powerful Sunni Islamic state may prove even more troublesome than Iran,” the authors of the report caution, “especially in its support for SJ [Salafi-Jihadism].”
Yet despite the warning, the U.S. and its western allies have repeatedly armed and trained extremists to destabilize governments targeted for regime change, among them Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. Concurring with the irrational policies of his western masters, the former Emir of Qatar expressed his belief that extremists could be transformed into political participants if promises of democracy and justice can be fulfilled. “I believe you will see this extremism transform into civilian life and civil society,” he insisted in an al-Jazeera interview on September 7, 2011.
But instead of transforming terrorists into political participants, the U.S., along with its Saudi, Qatari, Turkish and western allies, has created an out-of-control monster with upwards of 50,000 fighters controlling an area the size of Belgium. “What began in Syria during the spring of 2011 as a simple uprising by a few so-called rebels has blossomed into a brazen and bloody movement led by the Salafi cabal, housed in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, to topple not just the Syrian regime, but also Iraq and Lebanon,” lamented Agha Shaukat Jafri.
Indeed, the ISIL not only poses an immediate threat to Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, its rapid emergence as a regional actor is jeopardizing Saudi interests, which suggests rapprochement with Tehran would be wise, yet Riyadh continues to issue Iranophobic rhetoric. “There’s no confidence in the Obama administration doing the right thing with Iran,” Prince Alwaleed bin Talal confided, “We’re really concerned – Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Middle East countries – about this,” implying the existence of a de facto alliance among the Zionist regime, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Kuwait, and possibly other regional players as well.
The ISIL may in fact be a CIA-Mossad proxy force. U.S. Senator John McCain has been photographed together with ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who, according to sources traceable to Edward Snowden as uncovered by Iran’s intelligence services, is really Simon Elliot, a Jewish agent for the Zionist intelligence agency Mossad. The plan was to invade countries that constitute a threat to the Israeli entity in order to establish the biblical “Greater Israel.”
In any event, AKP deputy chairman Mehmet Ali Sahin is correct that bombing will not fix the mess the U.S. and its misguided allies have created. To eradicate the malignancy of Takfiri terrorism in the Middle East, the U.S. must cut its support for the Zionist regime, renounce regime change in Syria, and align itself with the only regional power that can help, namely Iran.
***Abdullah Weiler is a freelance writer and political critic who has written dozens of articles on the Middle East and US policy. A former engineer with a background in mathematics and a convert to Islam, he currently writes perspectives on Islam, social justice, economics and politics from the viewpoint of an American convert to Shia Islam, focusing on the deleterious role played by the US in the Middle East and elsewhere. A dissenting voice from the “Belly of the Beast”, he lives with his wife in Denver, Colorado. (HSH)