Iraq: Who is behind ISIS?

ISIS-truck-convoy-Anbar-ProvinceMainstream media tells us that ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham) is a sort of “al Qaeda Gone Wild”—an army of well-equipped, radical Sunnis who crossed the border from Syria and invaded raq. We are told that in the city of Mosul, the Iraqi army, 30,000 strong, upon seeing the 1000 member ISIS army in their brand new black commando uniforms and spotless white tennis shoes, brandishing new weapons, and riding in a long caravan of brand new yellow trucks, tore off their uniforms and fled.

The official White House/State Department story is that everyone in the Iraqi army in Mosul simply abandoned their post and defected. Instead of questioning this absurd story, the MSM focuses on whether or not Obama will send in US troops.

ISISThere is, however, an explanation that makes a lot more sense than the fairy tale of 30,000 Iraqi soldiers going awol, and it starts with asking the question: Who is behind ISIS? You won’t find the answer in the censored, propaganda filled US media, but you will find it in independent, alternative news sources. One example is Michel Chossudovsky’s excellent article at Global Research, titled “The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq: Towards the Creation of a US Sponsored Islamist Caliphate.”

I hope that got your attention. In case you have never heard of it, Global Research is the website of The Centre for Research on Globalization, an independent research and media organization based in Montreal, Canada. Global Research, which has more than 1.9 million unique visitors per month, is one of the leading independent media websites both in North America and around the world. It’s articles are available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Arabic and Serbian. Global Research articles are used as source material by college and university students, and numerous universities, libraries and research institutions have established a link to Global Research on their respective web sites.

Chossudovsky published the article mentioned above on June 14, 2014, but updated it on July 1 with the following statement:

The creation of the US sponsored Islamist Caliphate has been announced. The Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS) has been replaced by the Islamic State (IS). The Islamic State is not an independent political entity. It is a construct of US intelligence.

The Western media in chorus have described the unfolding conflict in Iraq as a “civil war” opposing the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham against the Armed forces of the Al-Maliki government.

The conflict is casually described as “sectarian warfare” between Radical Sunni and Shia without addressing “who is behind the various factions”. What is at stake is a carefully staged US military-intelligence agenda.

Chossudovsky article is long and highly informative. To encourage you to read it in its entirely, I’ve copied some of his main points. To make the main points more coherent, I’ve copied the paragraphs in a slightly different order than they appeared in the article.

  • The decision was taken by Washington to channel its support (covertly) in favor of a terrorist entity which operates in both Syria and Iraq and which has logistical bases in both countries. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s Sunni caliphate project coincides with a longstanding US agenda to carve up both Iraq and Syria into three separate territories: A Sunni Islamist Caliphate, an Arab Shia Republic, and a Republic of Kurdistan.
  • ISIS is not an independent entity.. It is a US intelligence asset, an instrument of non-conventional warfare.
  • ISIS operates through indirect channels in liaison with Western intelligence. In turn, corroborated by reports on Syria’s insurgency, Western special forces and mercenaries integrate the ranks of ISIS.
  • US-NATO support to ISIS is channeled covertly through America’s staunchest allies: Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
  • Both sides, namely the regular Iraqi forces and the ISIS rebel army are supported by US-NATO. There were US military advisers and special forces including operatives from private security companies on location in Mosul working with Iraq’s regular armed forces. In turn, there are Western special forces or mercenaries within ISIS (acting on contract to the CIA or the Pentagon) who are in liaison with US-NATO (e.g. through satellite phones).
  • The capture of Mosul appears to have been a carefully engineered operation, planned well in advance. With the exception of a few skirmishes, no fighting took place.
  • What is unfolding is the installation of a US sponsored Islamist ISIS caliphate alongside the rapid demise of the Baghdad government. Meanwhile, the Northern Kurdistan region has de facto declared its independence from Baghdad.
  • The ultimate objective of this ongoing US-NATO engineered conflict opposing the al-Maliki government forces to the ISIS insurgency is to destroy and destabilize Iraq as a Nation State. It is part of an intelligence operation, an engineered process of transforming countries into territories.
  • Through its covert support of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, Washington is overseeing the demise of its own proxy regime in Baghdad. The issue, however, is not “regime change”, nor is the “replacement” of the al-Maliki regime contemplated. The division of Iraq along sectarian-ethnic lines has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon for more than 10 years.
  • What is envisaged by Washington is the outright suppression of the Baghdad regime and the institutions of the central government, leading to a process of political fracturing and the elimination of Iraq as a country.
  • Destabilization and political fragmentation in Syria is also contemplated: Washington’s intent is no longer to pursue the narrow objective of “regime change” in Damascus. What is contemplated is the break up of both Iraq and Syria along sectarian-ethnic lines.
  • The proposed re-division of both Iraq and Syria is broadly modeled on that of the Federation of Yugoslavia which was split up into seven “independent states” (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia (FYRM), Slovenia, Montenegro, Kosovo).
  • The formation of the caliphate may be the first step towards a broader conflict in the Middle East, bearing in mind that Iran is supportive of the al-Maliki government and the US ploy may indeed be to encourage the intervention of Iran.
  • Under the banner of a civil war, an undercover war of aggression is being fought which essentially contributes to further destroying an entire country, its institutions, its economy. The undercover operation is part of an intelligence agenda, an engineered process which consists in transforming Iraq into an open territory.