May 6, 2016 at 3:19 pm #184
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Understanding the chain of events that lead to the creation of ISIS is critical to debating the topic. ISIS *is* Al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria, which is important information given that the US government funded several of the entities that would eventually make up ISIS.
More than 60% of Iraq’s population is Shia. In fact, the southern part of Iraq, from Bagdad to Kuwait is primarily Shia. President Bush’s invasion and overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s minority Sunni, Ba’athist government put the Shia in power in Iraq, which was beneficial to Iran. This is a key point to the eventual creation of ISIS.
The new Shiite leaders forced Bush to sign an agreement to leave Iraq by 2011. Once the US left, the new leaders began trying to separate Iraq, potentially making Iran more powerful as it may be able to ally with a newly formed Shiite state that would be the former southern Iraq. By this time, President Obama was in office and realized that Bush’s actions may result in a more powerful Iran. As a result, Obama took the side of the Sunni Mujahideen in Syria and Iraq to try to covertly weaken Iran. The US government began funneling weapons to “moderate rebels” throughout the region, claiming a desire to overthrow leaders in Libya and Syria, eventually leading to the death of Muammar Gaddafi, the Prime Minister of Libya. The weapons operation came to a head on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith. Motive for the Banghazi attacks seems to be retaliation by the Mujahideen for the killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi in Pakistan with a drone bomb on June 4, 2012.
In a move to try to split the difference between direct support and complete withdrawal, President Obama began a program designed to train about 15,000 rebels to fight, but in September, 2015, US officials admitted that only 4 or 5 recruits had actually returned to the battlefield at that time, even though the US had spent $400 million on the program.
Meanwhile, ISIS continues to seize US military equipment and weapons worth hundreds of millions of dollars, using those weapons to terrorize the region. In a single raid, ISIS managed to capture $1 Billion worth of military equipment left by the US for the new Iraqi government. In other instances reported to be accidents by US officials, ISIS militants have released videos claiming that the US air dropped weapons to them.
If this all seems confusing, you’re not alone. ISIS has become the symbol for US military schizophrenia. Those who were our enemy yesterday are considered an ally today, and again our enemy tomorrow.May 7, 2016 at 9:54 am #210
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ISIS – Lions of Liberty Podcast
Guest: Scott HortonMay 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm #382
U.S. accidentally delivered weapons to the Islamic State by airdrop, militants say
By Dan Lamothe
“The Islamic State has released a new video in which it brags that it recovered weapons and supplies that the U.S. military intended to deliver to Kurdish fighters, who are locked in a fight with the militants over control of the Syrian border town of Kobane.
The SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist social media accounts, drew attention to the video Tuesday. At one point, it appears to show a masked militant raking his hands through a crate filled with hand grenades.”May 29, 2016 at 4:03 pm #383
ISIS Seized $1 Billion of U.S. Military Aid, Iraqi Leader Admits
by Alex Newman
“In a Sunday interview with Iraqiya state-run television, the new U.S.-backed Iraqi prime minister admitted that his government’s forces lost the gear. “In the collapse of Mosul, we lost a lot of weapons,” al-Abadi acknowledged, referring to the overrunning of the city by ISIS forces last summer amid the mass-desertion of U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces. “We lost 2,300 Humvees in Mosul alone.” Depending on how the Humvees were outfitted — grenade launchers, machine guns, extra armor —the price tag could have been well over $1 billion. According to media reports from last year, ISIS militants may have also seized the helicopters that were displayed during an ISIS parade with the captured Humvees.”May 29, 2016 at 4:09 pm #384
Failed Syrian rebel training program cost US taxpayers $2 million per fighter
“According to the documents outlining the program’s $501 billion budget, $204 million was supposed to be spent on ammunition, $77 million on weapons, $62 million on mobility, $47 million on services, $46 million on construction, $40 million on strategic lift/shipping, $13 million on equipment, $6 million on communications, and $6 million on facilities and maintenance.
The program was intended to graduate 3,000 trained and equipped New Syrian Forces fighters in 2015, and 5,000 annually afterwards, to combat Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). However, President Barack Obama abandoned the program earlier this fall.
In documents and interviews, USA Today was able to confirm that two of the four training camps designed for the program never hosted even a single recruit.
In September, it was revealed that one group of trainees had surrendered one quarter of their US-supplied weapons, ammunition, and vehicles in exchange for safe passage through territory held by another rebel group, considered to be extremist.
While the training has stopped, the US will continue to give equipment and weapons to the leaders of ‘vetted’ groups of rebels who are already fighting IS “so that over time they continue to re-claim territory,” Smith told USA Today.”
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