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Spawned in the USA. The American fingerprints on ISIS


Spawned by the USA? The notorious “Omar the Chechen” led veteran Chechen Jihadists fighting for al-Nusra Front and later ISIS.

The US role in the creation of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
by Kyle Rogers

Note: For more background information read my previous article, Making sense of the various factions in the global Sunni Jihad.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of Chechnya, recently declared that US and Western Intelligence are behind ISIS.

“Today, no one doubts the fact that this group has been spawned by America and other Western countries” – Ramzan Kadyrov

Ramzan Kadyrov has previously accused former CIA head Gen. David Petraeus of personally working with ISIS head al-Baghdadi. The US officially acknowledges that al-Baghdadi was detained by US forces at Camp Bucca for a few months in 2004. US Army Colonel Kenneth King, who ran Camp Bucca, says al-Baghdadi was arrested again in 2005 and interned in Camp Bucca until 2009. Col. King describes al-Baghadi as an unrepentant Jihadist who joked about attacking New York City while he was being released in 2009.

Another US Army Colonel paints a different picture. Col. Derek Harvey was special intelligence adviser to Gen. David H. Petraeus. He claims al-Baghdadi was an elusive al-Qaeda mastermind that the US Army tried repeatedly to kill, but never could. al-Baghdadi officially became the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, also know as The Islamic State of Iraq, in 2010.

General Petraeus is famous for masterminding the Sons of Iraq program that brought an end to much of the insurgency against US troops. Sunni Tribal militia members were “flipped” and put on US payroll. All of this makes for great conspiracy theories. However, conspiracy theories are not even needed to show the known fingerprints of the United States on ISIS.

As president of Chechnya and a former Chechen rebel leader, Ramzan Kadyrov is in a position of authority to know about the covert US role in al-Qaeda. Chechnya is a semi-autonomous Russian Republic in the Caucusus. Chechhnya fought two wars with Russia from 1994 to 1996 and 1999 to 2000. Hostilities continued until 2009.

In the beginning the Chechen rebels rallied around Caucasian Nationalism. Note that the word Caucasian refers to the ethnic groups and language family of the Caucasus. The CIA, working with Turkish Intelligence, inserted members of al-Qaeda into Chechnya. The CIA agitated the Chechens as a proxy war against Russia. During this time, the Chechen secessionist movement was largely converted from a Caucasian Nationalist movement to an Islamic Jihadist movement. Regiments of foreign fighters, waving the black flag of al-Qaeda, were a significant component of both Chechen wars.

The CIA originally co-founded al-Qaeda, with the Pakistani Intelligence Service and Saudi businessman Osama Bin Laden, in the 1980s. It’s purpose was to fight against the Soviet army in Afghanistan. Support for al-Qaeda did not end when the Soviet army withdrew in 1989, nor when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The US continued to actively support and use al-Qaeda to fight the Russians and the Serbs during the 1990s. In 2011, Barak Obama provided weapons and air support to known al-Qaeda members in Libya as well.

Chechnya itself became a major exporter of Jihadists. Large numbers of Chechens fought in the US backed Jihad in Kosovo. When the US began arming and funding Jihadists in Syria, hundreds of Chechen Jihadists came to Syria as well. Today, many of theses Chechens fight for ISIS. Some sources claim that over 1,000 people from the Caucuses are fighting for ISIS and other Jihadist groups in the Middle East.

Last November Ramzan Kadyrov bragged on social media that the notorious “Omar the Chechen” has been killed.

Omar, whose real name is Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, is a veteran of the Georgian army. He served in a special Georgian intelligence unit during the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. The top backers of the Republic of Georgia were the USA, France, and Israel. The election campaign of the Georgian president at the time had been funded by George Soros. The same man who put tens of millions into US organizations backing Barak Obama. The Russo-Georgian War is largely seen as a US/NATO proxy war against Russia.

It is likely, if not probable, that Omar was trained by Western personnel while a member of the Georgian security agency. Russia accused the US and NATO of having personnel aiding the Georgian army. Russia even claimed to have recovered bodies, with no identification, that they believed were from Western countries. Two of the bodies were allegedly of black males, of which there are virtually none living in Georgia. After the war, Omar would be arrested by the Georgian government for illegally hoarding weapons. He served three years in prison.

Former members of the US intelligence community openly run anti-Russian organizations all over the Caucusus region. Russia accuses these groups of being funded by the CIA. One of the Boston Marathon bombers, ethnic Chechen Tamerlan Tsarnaev, attended training seminars run by an American outfit in the Republic of Georgia. He was living in the US on welfare at the time. There is no explanation as to how he afforded the trip. Russian intelligence, as well as Saudi Arabian intelligence accused him of being a terrorist.

Russian Intelligence not only notified the US that he was a terrorist, they demanded that the CIA keep him out of the Caucusus. Tsarnaev and his younger brother would go on to murder dozens of Americans in Boston, Massachusetts.

Spawned by the USA

There are many conspiracy theories running wild online that some intelligence agency secretly controls ISIS. I do not believe that to be true. However, I would definitely agree with the Chechen president that ISIS has been spawned by the SA.

The CIA and Pakistan’s ISI armed and trained thousands of foreign Jihadists to fight in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union. The CIA is known to have spent $600 million on the project. At the heart of the program was Osama Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network. Bin Laden was multi-million Saudi who had been setting up guest houses in Pakistan for foreign fighters. The CIA even allowed al-Qaeda leaders to recruit in the United States. The most famous recruitment operation was at the Al Kifah Refugee Center in the Faruq Mosque in Brooklyn, NY.

Russia withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989. Three years later the Taliban seized control of the majority of the country. The Taliban was largely composed of Sunni Jihadists that the Pakistan Intelligence Service had armed to fight in both Afghanistan and Kashmir.

Shortly after Bill Clinton’s brutal war against Serbia, and the transformation of Kosovo into an independent Islamic nation, comes 9/11. Suddenly America is at war with al-Qaeda.

Presently the US is still fighting al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. However, this is very disingenuous. In 2011 Obama provided weapons and air support to radical Sunni Jihadists, including current and former members of al-Qaeda, in Libya. The most prominent group that received US aid in Libya was the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group [LIFG]. The LIFG was officially designated as a “terrorist organization” by the US State Department, the British Home Office, and the United Nations. In fact the United Nations classified LIFG as the official al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya. LIFG was known to include al-Qaeda veterans who had fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.

When Gaddafi was killed, the US military stood down while Jihadists looted Libya’s weapons. These weapons have been spread all over Africa. It is also widely believed by experts that the US government allowed Jihadists to transport large missiles from Libya to Syria. When US Ambassador Stevens was attacked, Obama personally ordered the US military to stand down for hours. Stevens was drug through the city, tortured, and killed. Arab media outlets reported that he had been gang-raped. Several retired US Generals say the attack on Stevens and Obama’s stand down order are directly related to a missile smuggling operation.

U.S Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, U.S. Navy four-star Adm. James Lyons, and U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney all agree that the US State Department was facilitating a massive weapons smuggling operation. In what is referred to as the “Rat Line,” heavy weaponry was allegedly shipped to Turkey from Benghazi, and then smuggled into Syria. The above named Generals participated in a report that states “the U.S. was fully aware of and facilitating the delivery of weapons to the Al Qaeda-dominated rebel militias throughout the 2011 rebellion.”

In 2014, much of the former LIFG fighters re-branded themselves as the official ISIS affiliate in Libya.

Top: US armed and backed LIFG in 2011. Bottom: The same people in 2014, but now an official ISIS affiliate.

American Fingerprints

America has systematically waged war on the most Secular dictators in the Middle East while embracing and supporting the brutal Islamic dictatorship of Saudi Arabia. Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Bashar al-Asaad, and Hosni Mubarak were all secular Arab nationalists that were aggressively fighting Sunni Jihadists. All four of these leaders had been targeted by al-Qaeda and other Jihadist groups.

Former American ally Saddam Hussein was overthrown as leader of Iraq in an full scale American invasion. Hosni Mubarak, who had been loyal to the USA was overthrown in a coup backed by the US State Department. Hillary Clinton provided support to the Muslim Brotherhood, claiming they were “committed to democracy.” Ironically Clinton’s own Department was prosecuting American citizens for donating money to the Muslim Brotherhood at the same time.

The Muslim Brotherhood dominated government, that the US State Department helped install in Egypt, has since been overthrown in a second coup. While the US State Department supported the coup against US ally Mubarak, they opposed the coup against the Muslim Brotherhood.

Then you have Libya and Syria. Two countries were a secular Arab nationalist leader was literally at war with Sunni Jihadists. Obama and Clinton declared that radical Sunni Jihadists, fighting the Gaddafi regime in Northeastern Libya were “freedom fighters.” The US led a coalition bombing campaign against Gaddafi and provided air support to Sunni Jihadists.

The US used Qatar, one of the most pro-Salafist countries in the world, to distribute weapons to the Jihadists. These weapons were paid for with American tax-dollars. The program was exposed when a shipment of weapons was intercepted by the Libyan government and confirmed by Western media.

al-Asaad, the leader of Syria, is the only one of the four who hasn’t fallen. However Syrian has been devastated by years of war and much of the country is controlled by ISIS, al-Nusra Front, and other Jihadist groups.

It could be argued that US meddling in Syria was a proxy war against Russia and Iran. However, Saddam Hussein and Mubarak were enemies of Iran. Taking down Hussein only served to make the Shiite nation of Iran stronger, since the largest segment of the population of Iraq are actually Shiites. The argument for not dividing Iraq into three new countries, was that the largest of the three would become an ally of Iran.

In Iraq, Syria, and Libya, huge numbers of ISIS fighters and ISIS allied groups are former US assets.

I have explained how the US co-founded al-Qaeda in the 80s, and continued supporting the group all through the 90s. Then the US took down Hussein, Mubarak, and Gaddafi who were all actively fighting al-Qaeda and other Sunni Jihadists.

In Libya the United States provided direct military aid to LIFG, which is the parent group of the new official ISIS affiliate in Libya. In Syria, the United States provided direct aid to Sunni Jihadists who would fight alongside or later join al-Qaeda or ISIS.

America armed and trained Sunni Jihadists in locations in Turkey, Qatar, and Jordan. The US officially backed the Free Syria Army [SFA] and the Syrian Revolutionary Front [SRF]. It wasn’t long before al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front emerged as the top Jihadist group and US trained Jihadists started forming alliances with or joining al-Nusra.

ISIS, the original parent group of al-Nusra, began exploding across Syria and Iraq in early 2014. Much of the supplies and weapons given to so-called “moderates” have now been seen in the hands of ISIS. This includes long convoys of NATO provided Toyota trucks. It also includes American made anti-tank missiles given to SRF and FSA fighters under a program started by John McCain.

John McCain posing with Sunni Jihadists in Syria. ISIS claims some of the men in this picture are now ISIS members.

In fact John McCain went to Syria and had his picture taken with Sunni Jihadist leaders. ISIS claims that some of the men in the photographs are now ISIS members.

In fact, many people previous trained, armed, and funded by the United States would soon be fighting with ISIS on both sides of the Iraq/Syria border. In Iraq, ISIS relies heavily on the support of former Sons of Iraq militiamen. This was America’s army of Sunni tribesman created by General Petraeus in 2005. When the US left Iraq, the Iraqi government was to continue paying for the Sons of Iraq. In 2013, the Shiite president al-Maliki declared them a dangerous fifth column and halted funding.

In 2014 ISIS offered an amnesty to members of the Sons of Iraq. They could confess their sins and repent. Much these former US assets are now allied with ISIS.

In Syria, the US trained FSA and SRF units have provided ISIS and al-Nusra with recruits. In same cases entire units have been absorbed. In Libya, the ISIS affiliate is the creation of former LIFG fighters that the US armed and supported.

America removed secular Arab dictators that were the biggest enemies of the Sunni Jihadists. America trained and armed much of the troops now fighting for or alongside ISIS.

ISIS simply drove to power on a road paved by US foreign policy.