Introduction — August 10, 2014
I do not know whether it’s a conscious omission or just plain ignorance but Western journalists consistently overlook one crucial fact when reporting on events in Iraq. As one they all omit to mention that the Islamic State militants (formerly known as ISIS or ISIL) were initially financed and armed with the help Western allies in the gulf states.
This is not some vague ‘conspiracy theory’ but an established fact.
There were even reports that the militants were initially trained by U.S. instructors in Jordan.
Little more than a year ago establishment news agency Reuters, hardly a nest of ‘conspiracy theorists’, was reporting that U.S. instructors were training what it termed ‘Syrian rebels’ in Jordan.
The objective then was that they assist in the overthrow of President Assad. There were even reports that they were being paid monthly salaries, courtesy of the gulf states Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
However, that campaign appears to have faltered as Assad, assisted by Russia and Iran has seen off the ‘Syrian rebels’ advances.
So the ‘Syrian rebels’ have now morphed into Islamic State militants and switched their attention to Iraq, in their campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate in what is now Syria and Iraq.
All of which means I have to keep repeating myself. Because every time Western journalists report on the activity of Islamic State militants they keep omitting to mention that the West was instrumental in its creation.
Just as it did with Al Qaeda, the West helped create this Frankenstein but our so-called’free press’ seems unable to say as much.
The closest they get to saying so is like Max Hastings, by suggesting that the West has made an error of judgement.
However, like Israel’s targeting of Palestinian schools and refugee facilities, this is no mere error but part of a deliberate policy.
Islamic State ‘Executes and Buries 500 Yazidis’
Lilian Anekwe — IBT August 10, 2014
Islamic State militants have killed 500 people – burying some women and children alive in a mass grave – the Iraqi human rights minister has claimed.
Reuters reported that the remains of hundreds of Yazidis – a Kurdish-speaking ethnic minority – were discovered in the north of Iraq where the Islamic State fighters staged a major offensive.
Iraq’s human rights minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani has told Reuters that there is evidence that the Sunni militants had thrown the dead Yazidi dead into mass graves. But they had also buried some women and children alive.
“We have striking evidence obtained from Yazidis fleeing Sinjar and some who escaped death, and also crime scene images that show indisputably that the gangs of the Islamic States have executed at least 500 Yazidis after seizing Sinjar,” Sudani said. “Some of the victims, including women and children were buried alive in scattered mass graves in and around Sinjar.”
He added that about 300 women have also been forced into slavery by the Islamic State forces.
The latest reports come after Islamic State militants threatened to execute 300 Yazidi families in northern Iraq. Yazidi sources claimed Islamic State threatened to slaughter them unless they convert to Islam.
There are now daily reports of kidnappings, bombings and execution-style killings in many cities, towns and villages, linked to the Islamic State’s advance.
Advance of the Islamic State
The Islamic State, which sees Shi’ite Muslims – who form a minority in Iraq – as infidels who deserve to be killed, has met little resistance. US-trained Iraqi soldiers have been fleeing as the Islamic State’s Arab and foreign fighters sweep through northern Iraq, leading to Kurdish and Shi’ite militias to step in, with limited success.
The Sunni militants routed Kurds in their latest advance, seizing the militia’s tanks, artillery and weapons.
After hammering Kurdish forces last week, the militants are just 30 minutes’ drive from Arbil, the Iraqi Kurdish capital, which until now has been spared the sectarian bloodshed that has scarred other parts of Iraq for a decade.
The possibility of an attack on Arbil has prompted foreigners working for oil companies to leave the city and Kurds to stock up on AK-47 assault rifles at the arms bazaar.
In their latest sweep through the north, the Sunni insurgents routed Kurdish forces and seized a fifth oil field, several more villages and Mosul Dam – which could give them the ability to flood cities or cut off water and power supplies.
President Obama has criticized Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s Shi’ite-led government for failing to empower Iraq’s Sunnis and encouraging Islamic State’s rise.
France’s government has also joined calls for Iraq’s feuding leaders to form an inclusive government capable of countering the militants. “Iraq is in need of a broad unity government, and all Iraqis should feel that they are represented in this government,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.
President Barack Obama said on Saturday that U.S. air strikes had destroyed arms that the Islamic State, which has captured swaths of northern Iraq since June, could have used against the Iraqi Kurds, but he warned that there was no quick fix for the crisis that threatens to tear Iraq apart.
Pope Francis has also spoken against the violence in Iraq, urging the international community to find a political solution “to stop these crimes.” He is also sending Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Vatican’s ambassador in Baghdad during the Iraqi war, to Iraq on Monday.