ISIS Unveiled: The Identity of The Insurgency in Syria and Iraq
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The ISIS/ISIL offensive of June 2014 in Iraq and any political or military responses to it cannot be understood without first “unveiling ISIS”. ISIS/ISIL brigades seized Iraq’s northern city of Mosul and most of western Iraq within days. Iraqi military withdrew from Iraq’s second-largest city after no more than token resistance. Unveiling ISIS, all trails lead to the royal house of Saud, CIA headquarters, and their shared network for global mercenary and terrorist operations called Al-Qaeda.
Origin of ISIS/ISIL as Al-Qaeda in Iraq – Weaving the Veil of ISIS. ISIS / ISIL is a successor organization of the former Al-Qaeda in Iraq, allegedly established by Abdullah al-Rashid al-Baghdadi. Al Baghdadi, however, was a creation of Al-Qaeda, a publicity figure with the function to endow the Saudi-U.S. creation “Al-Qaeda” with an Iraqi face, whom radicalized Iraqi Sunni Muslims could identify with.
Dean Yates reports in a Reuters article dated July 18, 2007:
A senior operative for al Qaeda in Iraq who was caught this month has told his U.S. military interrogators a prominent al Qaeda-led group is just a front and its leader fictitious, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.
Brigadier-General Kevin Bergner told a news conference that Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq, which was purportedly set up last year, did not exist.
The Islamic State of Iraq was established to try to put an Iraqi face on what is a foreign-driven network, Bergner said. The name Baghdadi means the person hails from the Iraqi capital.
One of the persons behind the al-Baghdadi brand was the Egyptian Abu Ayyub al-Masri, a close aide to and successor of Al-Qaeda’s Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi who was killed in a U.S. air strike on June 7, 2006. Al-Masri was politically active in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) where he joined Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad in 1982. He went on to the Osama Bin Laden run al-Farouk training camp in Afghanistan in 1999. He came to Iraq via the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in 2002.
ISIS reborn – Iraq closes Saudi smuggling routes in Al-Anbar Province, creating Saudi – Jordanian and Jordanian – U.S. tensions.
ISIS/ISIL had been relatively dormant in Iraq while some of its brigades became involved in the admittedly Saudi Arabia, U.S. and Qatar and Turkey sponsored war on Syria. Weapons, other logistic supplies and mercenaries for ISIS were predominantly transported from Saudi Arabia via smuggling routes in the Al-Anbar province.
The Iran-friendly Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was left “relatively” unchallenged by ISIS, that is Saudi Arabia and the U.S.’, until the Al-Maliki administration, in the autumn of 2012, decided to increase its military presence in Al-Anbar.
The objective was to stop the flow of arms and fighters from Saudi Arabia to Syria. Although there is no detailed documentation for it available, it is likely that both Damascus and Tehran lobbied Baghdad to secure the smuggling routes.
The closing of the smuggling routes led to increased tensions between Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Shipments of weapons and fighters which previously were routed via Iraq to Syria had to be re-routed from Saudi Arabia via the Jordanian border town of Al-Mafraq.
U.S. troops and foreign fighters arrived in Al-Mafraq in late 2011. When traffic via al-Mafraq increased in late 2012 and early 2013, the situation in Jordan turned critical.
Jordanian Members of Parliament began to complain about the increased presence of U.S. troops, the flow of weapons via Jordan to Syria and the increased presence of foreign fighters.
In July 2013, the Deputy Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament, Khalil Atiya expressed his concerns about the increased presence of U.S. Troops in Jordan, saying:
” As deputies, representing the Jordanian people, we do not accept the United States or any other country’s troops in Jordan. Jordanians do not think that Syria could pose a threat”.
The head of the al-Kudsk Center for Political Studies, Oraib Rintavi stated in an interview with AFP:
“The Jordanians do not feel comfortable with the presence of U.S. troops and their weapons in the country. For the common people of Jordan, the U.S. military presence is associated with a conspiracy against Jordan´s neighbors. . . Society does not welcome Americans here, even if they say that they want to protect our country”.
One option was to let Saudi Arabia use the smuggling routes via the Al-Anbar province to appease Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and Jordan while falling out with Iraqi Shia lobbies, Tehran and Damascus.The option would have bought al-Maliki time; at least until the eventual fall of Damascus.
The other option was to appease Damascus and Tehran by confronting the ISIS/ISIL militants in Al-Anbar, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and the western anti-Syrian alliance.
One of the primary reasons for core GCC member’s, core NATO member’s and Israel’s decision to launch the war on Syria was their determination to prevent the completion of the Iran – Iraq – Syria gas pipeline from the Iranian PARS gas fields in the Persian Gulf to the eastern Mediterranean coast of Syria.
Al-Maliki must have known that Iraq would be next once Damascus would have fallen. The second is that the al-Maliki administration is closely aligned with Tehran and pro-Iranian, Shia lobbies in Iraq. Falling out with Tehran would have been equivalent to cutting ties with the only regional support the al-Maliki administration could count on.
In December, a senior Iraqi legislator issued a warning to media stressing that plots were being hatched by Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia against Iraq, calling on all Iraqi citizens to be vigilant.
A month earlier, P.M. al-Maliki warned that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are attempting to carry out:
“an Iraq style plot against Syria in an attempt to topple the government by deploying terrorists”.
In an interview with the Lebanese al-Mayyadeen satellite network, al-Maliki spelled out that a coup was planned against Iraq, saying:
” Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are meddling to topple the Syrian government are now doing the same meddling to topple the Iraqi regime. Their goal is overthrowing the Iraqi government. Their goal is overthrowing the Iraqi ruling system and not overthrowing me”.
It is noteworthy that the U.S. think tank Stratfor, in 2002, suggested to divide Iraq into three states. Nouri al-Maliki and members of his administration must have been aware of the fact that U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden has endorsed this plan since 2002, when he still was a U.S. Senator.
ISIS and the royal family of Saudi Arabia.
The direct involvement of Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry and intelligence service in running al-Qaeda brigades in Syria, Iraq and beyond is well documented.
To mention one example; the founder and supreme commander of Liwa-al-Islam, which was directly involved in the chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburb East Ghouta on August 21, 2013, Zahran Alloush, has been working for Saudi intelligence since the 1980s.
ISIS/ISIL is under the direct command of members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family. January 2014, Al-Arabiya published an article and video, featuring the interrogation of an ISIS fighter who had been captured in Syria. The article and the full video have since been removed, but the Saudi Arabia funded Institute for Gulf Affairs still has an excerpt of the video on its Youtube channel which was uploaded on January 22, 2014.
Briefly about the background. Saudi Arabian and Qatari proxy brigades have been involved in heavy infighting in Syria since 2012, leading ultimately to the near elimination of Qatari proxy brigades while Saudi brigades have gained the upper hand throughout Syria. Details about this infighting are explained in the article “Top-US and Saudi Officials responsible for Chemical Weapons in Syria”.
When questioned why ISIS is “shadowing the moved of the Free Syrian Army” and who had given the orders, the captured ISIS fighter states that he didn’t know why, but that the orders were given by Abu Faisal, also known as Prince Abdul Rachman al-Faisal, the brother of Prince Saud al-Faisal and Prince Turki al-Faisal.
Interrogator: Why do you (ISIS) monitor the movement of the Free Syrian Army?
ISIS Detainee: I don’t know exactly why but we received orders from ISIS command.
Interrogator: Who among ISIS gave the orders?
ISIS Detainee: Prince Abdul Rachman al-Faisal, who is also known as Abu Faisal.
The “supreme commander” of ISIS/ISIL is Prince Abdul Rachman al-Faisal, the royal Saudi family, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry and its intelligence service. ISIS Unveiled discloses a standard Saudi – U.S. – NATO – run intelligence operation and mercenary army. There is nothing “mysterious” about ISIS / ISIL. It is not even mysterious that western mainstream media fail to report the facts.
The example of Osama bin Laden is the prototype from which the standard model for disinformation campaigns was developed. Osama, the world is told, was “the black sheep” of the bin-Laden family. The veil of misinformation is held up by complicit mainstream media, including those who do most to convince their readers that they are no intelligence front, like “the guardian”.
After the incidents on September 11, 2001, which became the justification for the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, under false claims, “the guardian” did what was expected of an MI5-6 infiltrated newspaper. October 12, 2001, the guardian published an interview with Osama bin-Laden brother Abdullah, titled “No brother of mine”. The guardian is letting Abdullah tell “the guardian’s readers:
“It is my understanding that in the early 90s the family repeatedly reached out and made attempts to plead with Osama to moderate his views,” Abdullah says. “After these attempts failed, there was a reluctant but unanimous consensus that Osama should be disowned.”
To preempt a similar disinformation campaign about ISIS / ISIL Chief Prince Abdul Rachman al-Faisal, let us clearly state that Prince Abdul, in no way, belongs to the “fringe” of the Saudi royal family.
The man who is commanding the 2014 Saudi – U.S. war on Iraq, has been Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Defense from 1978 to 2011. He is also the brother of Prince Saud al-Faisal and of Prince Turki al-Faisal.
Prince Saud al-Faisal has been the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia since October 13, 1975. He is also the second son of King Faisal. Turki al-Faisal has served as Saudi Arabia’s Director of Intelligence from 1979 to 2001. He has been Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to both the United States and to the United Kingdom. He resigned from his post as Director of Intelligence only days before the “terrorist” attacks in the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
Turki al-Faisal publicly blamed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki “for the loss of large parts of northern Iraq to terrorists”.
ISIS Unveiled – A Two-Headed Monster. We have unveiled ISIS, and ISIS Unveiled turned out to be a two-headed monster. Its body consists of volunteers, mercenaries and Saudi, Turkish and U.S. intelligence operatives and special forces. Its two heads are the royal family of Saudi Arabia and the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, U.S.A.
Any appraisal of any foreign, political or military intervention in Iraq without considering these facts would lead to the wrong conclusion. It is precisely therefore, that one will not find any of this information in other than fragmented form in any of the western or Gulf-Arab media.
Ch/L – nsnbc 15.06.2014
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