Introduction — August 8, 2014
Under President Obama’s watch Islamic State militants, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, were financed and equipped by U.S. allies in the Gulf states.
The corporate media has wilfully ignored evidence that the Islamic State militants were being covertly assisted by the West and its allies in the Gulf states. So now that President Obama has been forced to take action against them he’s cast in the role of a saviour; rather than a moral bankrupt whose Middle East policies help create this disaster in the first place.
Not only did America’s gulf allies help sponsor the terror group, credible reports claim that the U.S. even helped train its fighters.
Nor was this speculative or the stuff of much maligned “conspiracy theories”. Established news agency Reuters even reported on how the U.S. was training Islamic militants in Jordan.
The corporate media seems to have conveniently forgotten such reports, at least for now.
America probably intended the Islamic militants to assist in the overthrow of Syria’s President Assad, as the militants stated objective is the creation of an Islamic State in what is now Iraq and Syria. However, President Assad has successfully thwarted their advances so only two questions remain:
* When will the corporate media openly acknowledge the West’s role in creating the Islamic State militants?
* And how hard will the U.S. strike at them? After all they were armed and equipped to assist in the overthrow of President Assad. So with that having failed, at least for now, will the U.S. deliver only token blows, leaving them able to fight another day?
Or will it opt to destroy the Frankenstein it helped create and completely abandon its plans to overthrow Syria’s President Assad?
US air strikes on Iraq extremists
Press Association — August 8, 2014
The United States has carried out its first air strikes on Islamic State extremists in northern Iraq as Britain prepared to launch air drops to assist starving refugees forced to flee the militants.
The Pentagon said US warplanes hit Islamic State artillery positions which had been firing on Kurdish forces defending the city of Irbil, close to where American personnel are based.
Following a meeting in Whitehall of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain was ready to provide “technical assistance” to support US humanitarian operations in the region.
Speaking in Downing Street, he told reporters that he hoped British air-drops targeting members of the Yazidi religious minority trapped on a mountainside could begin in the “next couple of days”.
“What we have decided today is to assist the United States in the humanitarian operations that started yesterday. We are offering technical assistance in that in terms of refuelling and surveillance,” he said.
“We are offering aid of our own which we hope to drop over the next couple of days in support of the American relief effort, particularly to help the plight of those who are trapped on the mountain.”
In its latest travel advice, the Foreign Office is warning British nationals against all travel to areas in northern Iraq affected by the fighting, including those in the Kurdistan region – previously regarded as one of the safest parts of the country.
Earlier, David Cameron insisted the world must help the Yazidis in their “hour of desperate need” as he backed US president Barack Obama’s decision to respond to a request by the Iraqi government for targeted air strikes.
The Prime Minister said he utterly condemned the “barbaric attacks” by IS – formerly known as Isis (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).