Introduction — April 8, 2016
Although the U.S. State Department blames “conspiracy theories” for the fact that growing numbers of Iraqis believe the U.S. is behind Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) we would suggest another reason.
There is ample evidence that the US helped create Islamic State. From reports that its leader al-Baghdadi was trained by Mossad to US arms and ammunition found on ISIS fighters to the funding it has been provided with by U.S. aligned gulf states Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Of course this ignores reports from 2013, before ISIS emerged, that US military personnel were training Syrians at camps in Jordan. Many of those trained later went on to join ISIS.
But most telling of all is the fact that the Russian campaign in Syria completely halted and reversed ISIS gains in little more than six months. Contrast this with the US campaign against ISIS, which began in August 2014, a year before Russia entered the fray. Far from halting ISIS gains the militants continued their gains despite the US campaign.
This must strike many ordinary Iraqis as incongruous. Especially after the U.S. and its allies had ousted Saddam Hussein so speedily. Yet the foremost military power on the planet seemed unable to make any significant headway against the militants. But then in little more than six months Russia steps in and all but finishes a job that the U.S. seemed unable, or unwilling, to get to grips with.
That isn’t a “conspiracy theory” just a plain fact. Ed.
One-Third Of Iraqis Believe America Supports Terrorism
Andy Campbell — Huffington Post April 7, 2016
It’s just one of a handful of damning poll numbers showing waning United States-Iraqi relations as part of a U.S. State Department Inspector General’s Office evaluation of the American embassy in Baghdad.
The report, released online last week, used data compiled between October and November of last year. It found that 40 percent of Iraqis believe that the U.S. is “working to destabilize Iraq and control its natural resources.” Nearly one-third “believe that America supports terrorism in general or the Islamic State in Iraq.”
The numbers mean the American embassy in Baghdad has a lot of work to do in terms of improving diplomatic relations. America’s popularity has plummeted since it reentered the country in 2014 to help Iraq battle the self-described Islamic State. The report states that the “Iraqi public [is] already keenly aware of ISIL’s (also called ISIS) true nature” and, at the same time, Iraqis’ image of the U.S. has “fallen from 38 percent favorable in December 2014 to 18 percent in August 2015.”
The State Department blames “active disinformation campaigns,” supported by Iraqi media, on what experts are calling “conspiracy theories.”