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June 24, 2014
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ISIS Stinks of CIA/NATO 'Dirty War' Op

by William Engdahl

For days now, since their dramatic June 10 taking of Mosul, Western mainstream media have been filled with horror stories of the military conquests in Iraq of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, with the curious acronym ISIS.

ISIS, as in the ancient Egyptian cult of the goddess of fertility and magic. The media picture being presented adds up less and less.

Details leaking out suggest that ISIS and the major military 'surge' in Iraq -- and less so in neighboring Syria -- is being shaped and controlled out of Langley, Virginia, and other CIA and Pentagon outposts as the next stage in spreading chaos in the world's second--largest oil state, Iraq, as well as weakening the recent Syrian stabilization efforts.

The very details of the ISIS military success in the key Iraqi oil center, Mosul, are suspect. According to well--informed Iraqi journalists, ISIS overran the strategic Mosul region, site of some of the world's most prolific oilfields, with barely a shot fired in resistance. According to one report, residents of Tikrit reported remarkable displays of "soldiers handing over their weapons and uniforms peacefully to militants who ordinarily would have been expected to kill government soldiers on the spot."

We are told that ISIS masked psychopaths captured "arms and ammunition from the fleeing security forces" -- arms and ammunition supplied by the American government. The offensive coincides with a successful campaign by ISIS in eastern Syria. According to Iraqi journalists, Sunni tribal chiefs in the region had been convinced to side with ISIS against the Shiite Al--Maliki government in Baghdad. They were promised a better deal under ISIS Sunni Sharia than with Baghdad anti--Sunni rule.

According to the New York Times, the mastermind behind the ISIS military success is former Baath Party head and Saddam Hussein successor, General Ibrahim al-Douri. Douri is reportedly the head of the Iraqi rebel group Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order as well as the Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation based on his longstanding positions of leadership in the Naqshbandi sect in Iraq.

In 2009, US 'Iraqi surge' General David Petraeus, at the time heading the US Central Command, claimed to reporters that Douri was in Syria. Iraqi parliamentarians claimed he was in Qatar. The curious fact is that despite being on the US most wanted list since 2003, Douri has miraculously managed to avoid capture and now to return with a vengeance to retake huge parts of Sunni Iraq. Luck or well-placed friends in Washington?

The financial backing for ISIS jihadists reportedly also comes from three of the closest US allies in the Sunni world -- Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. . . .

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William Engdahl is an award-winning geopolitical analyst and strategic risk consultant whose internationally best-selling books have been translated into thirteen foreign languages.

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[E-MAIL: ISIS "are doing the Zio-Empire's dirty work. They are funded and controlled by Saudis, Qataris, Israelis and Americans. I don't think they are at all independent.

"The 'leaders' such as 'Baghdadi' are direct agents, running a lot of dupes. America might pretend to attack them soon, but it will be just pretending.

"The famous first sermon by the new caliph was obviously written first in English at some place like an American university by some Arabist associated with Bernard Lewis and then translated into Arabic. If you compare the perfect Arabist translation with those such as of the speeches of Khamenei, you will see the difference. The real ones are full of mistakes, and are obviously not translated by American academics. Even the layout for the caliph was done by western professionals.

"The whole thing, with all the atrocities, plus fake atrocities, is scripted in Hollywood. The sad thing is that with all Sunni institutions having been taken over by Saudi money years ago, most Muslims can no longer tell that this is all horrific nonsense, and some were even thrilled at the beginning. But now people are having second thoughts."--Syed A R Zaidi, August 8, 2014]

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[An intelligence officer from a Middle East country neighbouring Syria told me that Isis members "say they are always pleased when sophisticated weapons are sent to anti-Assad groups of any kind because they can always get the arms off them by threats of force or cash payments."--Patrick Cockburn, "The end of a country, and the start of a new dark age," activistpost.com, August 10, 2014]

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["The argument by the Obama Administration was that they had the consent of the Iraqi government. However, that's not an excuse as he doesn't have the consent of the US Congress that represents the American people, and second, there is no government in Iraq," he said, noting that the US government installed Nouti Malaki as its puppet and now replaced him with a new one.--Lyudmila Chernova, "Islamic State Is US Covert Intelligence Operation," ria.ru, August 13, 2014]

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[All of a sudden, we find Iran and the United States, the Kurds (both in Syria and Iraq) and Israel, Turkey and Bashar al-Assad's Syrian government, western Europe (Great Britain, France, and Germany) and Russia all pursuing in different ways the same objective: stop the caliphate from expanding and consolidating.--Immanuel Wallerstein, "The Islamic State is managing to unite once divided global interests," aljazeera.com, August 13, 2015]

[ . . . no difference on the ground between the Free Syrian Army, Al-Nosra Front, the Islamic Emirate etc ... All these organizations are composed of the same individuals who continuously change flag. When they pose as the Free Syrian Army, they fly the flag of French colonization and speak only of overthrowing the "dog Bashar." When they say they belong to Al-Nosra Front, they carry the flag of al Qaeda and declare their intention to spread Islam in the world. Finally when they say they are the Islamic Emirate, they brandish the flag of the Caliphate and announce that they will clean the area of all infidels. . . .

John McCain (PHOTOS) is . . . President of the International Republican Institute (IRI), the republican branch of NED / CIA [12], since January 1993. This so-called "NGO" was officially established by President Ronald Reagan to extend certain activities of the CIA, in connection with the British, Canadian and Australian secret services.--Thierry Meyssan, "John McCain, Conductor of the 'Arab Spring' and the Caliph," voltairenet.org, August 18, 2014]

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[When American Special Forces actually reached Mt. Sinjar, where the Yazidis were said to be penned in and dying, the alleged huge numbers of people were simply not there and those who were did not seem to be suffering great hardship and preferred to stay where they were. . . .

If the US stands back, the surrounding countries would likely use their much greater power to defeat ISIS, if it really posed a threat to them. And if ISIS does not pose a recognized threat to its neighbors, why would the US need to become militarily involved? The only thing American intervention could achieve would be to make the US a key target for ISIS--Stephen Sniegoski, "The Mainstream Media, ISIS, and Iraq War Deja Vu," veteransnewsnow.com, August 24, 2014]

[Why should we be surprised then, that from Prince Bandar's Saudi-Western mandate to manage the insurgency in Syria against President Assad should have emerged a neo-Ikhwan type of violent, fear-inducing vanguard movement: ISIS? And why should we be surprised - knowing a little about Wahhabism - that "moderate" insurgents in Syria would become rarer than a mythical unicorn?--Alastair Crooke, "You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia," huffingtonpost.com, August 27, 2014]

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[But the chances that the world, or any significant part of it, will soon be taken over by fanatical Muslims intent on imposing sharia (Islamic religious) law - another Islamophobic scare word - is nil.--Andrew Levine, "ISIS Wins Again: Fear of a Caliphate," counterpunch.org, September 19, 2014

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