News Commentary — July 7, 2014
Evidence continues to mount that the U.S. and its allies are behind the terror wrought by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant; and that they are being assisted, not by devout Muslims, but by common criminals.
The object being to oust Syria’s President Assad, weaken Iraq’s growing ties with neighbouring Iran and ultimately bring about regime change in Tehran.
According to informed Jordanian officials, U.S. instructors began training members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, (ISIL sometimes referred to as ISIS), at a secret base in Jordan in 2012.
Their efforts to oust Syria’s President Assad and Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki have been funded by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, according to Robert Fisk. The fact that both countries remain favoured Western allies points to the possibility that Washington didn’t just acquiesce to the plan, but probably initiated it from the outset.
According to Scott Rickard, a former linguist for U.S. intelligence, the West funded, trained and armed the ISIL for years before the current outbreak of fighting. As if in preparation for what is now unfolding in Iraq and Syria
Although the Western media has persistently overlooked these reports, the evidence that Washington and its allies are behind the current wave of terror in these countries can’t be easily dismissed.
For example its been confirmed that Briton had plans to instigate unrest in Syria. It’s debatable whether the recent crisis there is a direct outcome of this but it’s an indication of what lengths Washington and its allies are prepared to go to secure their interests in the region.
To further cover Washington’s involvement however, these campaigns are being waged by proxies who are ostensibly opposed to the West, on the surface at least. This allows Washington and its allies to denounce terrorism and shield themselves from moral opprobrium, even as they use it to further their own plans.
For example in June Spanish police arrested eight men for recruiting militants for the ISIL in Madrid.
Among them was Moroccan Lahcen Ikassrien, the lead recruiter who was living in Spain after his release from Guantanamo Bay detention facility, where he had been held following his arrest by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001.
So the U.S. arrests a man in Afghanistan and detains him in a facility for terror suspects before releasing him in 2006, whereupon he begins recruiting for the ISIL.
Did the U.S. strike a deal with him that was conditional to his release? Was Ikassrien freed on condition that he recruit fighters for the ISIL?
It’s a possibility can’t be dismissed. After all, he was held without charge in a U.S. run detention centre for nearly five years. Then Ikassrien was released to begin recruiting fighters for a militant group with known, but deliberately unacknowledged and concealed ties with Western intelligence.
There are too many precedents for this to be dismissed as a mere coincidence.
Indeed this all recalls Osama bin Laden’s ties with the U.S. secret services prior to 9/11.
In July 2005, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook wrote:
“Bin Laden was, though, a product of a monumental miscalculation by western security agencies. Throughout the 80s he was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan.” (Source)
Cook may have been getting too close to the truth and inadvertently signed his own death warrant with those words. For weeks later he was dead: stricken by a sudden heart attack while walking in the Scottish Highlands.
The powers that be will do their utmost to conceal their links to “terror” and with Cook they had little choice. A politician of standing and integrity, who had hitherto been in perfectly good health, Cook began giving credence to what many in the media would prefer to dismiss as “conspiracy theories”.
Meaning he had to be dealt with.
In other words the U.S. and its allies aren’t so much waging a War ON Terror as waging a War OF Terror. Employing common criminals, thugs and confidence tricksters worldwide to do their dirty work; even while they claim the moral high ground in their struggle against “terrorism”, which they themselves have largely created.
Basij Commander: Ex-Guantanamo Inmates Hired by US to Fight alongside ISIL Terrorists in Iraq
Fars News — July 7, 2014
Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said the US has sent a number of former Guantanamo inmates to Iraq to fight alongside the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
“Those who have given up their belief in the US Guantanamo prison under hard torture and extreme psychological pressures today are committing crimes in Iraq alongside the ISIL members, operating as US mercenaries without being paid,” Naqdi said, addressing Sunni clerics and scholars in Iran’s Western province of Kermanshah on Monday.
His remarks came after Spanish police arrested eight people in pre-dawn raids in Madrid in June against a jihadist recruitment network led by a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, Lahcen Ikassrien, a 46-year-old Moroccan, the government said.
The cell found and dispatched recruits for the ISIL militants based in Syria and Iraq, the ministry said.