Human Lives Human Rights: The terrorist group ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra), Ahrar al-Sham, etc. are among the most dangerous and largest terrorist groups that the world has ever seen.
The dominance of these terrorist groups over the intelligence sources, as well as their modern methods of warfare, has led experts to consider these groups seem to be trained by the United States.
Although, apparently, the US and the Western officials deny this and even place themselves among the frontline fighters with these groups, but what is the connection between these groups and the United States? Is there any evidence about a connection between the two? The following documents may however, to a large extent, reveal the truth of the matter:
- Republican Sen. Rand Paul blames the wrong policies of the country and excessive intervention in the Syrian crisis for creating a suitable haven for terrorists in West Asia and the spread of chaos to the northern Iraq. He considers sending of American weapons to the group’s allies in Syria, as one of the reasons for strengthening ISIS. He says: ISIS was our ally in Syria. In order to repel the forces loyal to the government of Damascus, we gave weapons to the militants and created a safe place for them in Syria. In my opinion, our intervention in Syria led to the current situation in Iraq.
- Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) said in a televised interview with Al Jazeera that the rise of ISIS was a direct result of US support for Syrian rebels, whose core fighters were al-Qaeda in Iraq.
- Also, National Security Agency contractor, Edward Joseph Snowden revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad (Israel’s intelligence agency) worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).” This operation, they said, was codenamed “Hornet’s Nest.” According to the leaked documents, he believes that ISIL was formed to support the Israeli regime, and that the purpose of Operation “Hornet’s Nest” is to form a group with Islamic slogans that will attract extremists from all over the world and, based on takfiri ideas, and will point their weapons at countries opposed to the existence of the Zionist regime.
- Documents released by the US government’s Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website have provided an indication of the types and numbers of Eastern European weapons and ammunition the United States is providing to Syrian rebel groups. The FBO has released two solicitations in recent months looking for shipping companies to transport explosive material from Eastern Europe to the Jordanian port of Aqaba on behalf of the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Released on 3 November 2015, the first solicitation sought a contractor to ship 81 containers of cargo that included explosive material from Constanta in Romania to Aqaba.
- Michael Springmann, a retired US State Department diplomat, who towards the end of his career worked in the Information and Research Section of this ministry. In his new book, he reveals that the secret operations by the United States and its allies in the Middle East have led to the establishment of anti-Western terrorist groups. According to the US diplomat, since the end of the Cold War until now, these secret operations have been carried out for various narrow goals.
- Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, announced in an interview: The United States has contributed to the growth of ISIS for tactical rather than ideological reasons. The United States has strengthened ISIS to destabilize Syria because the United States wanted to oust Assad.
- In another report, the website Insurge Intelligence cited the leak of a secret US government document obtained by the conservative public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, which shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to overthrow Bashar al-Assad. The document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, and that these “supporting powers” desired the emergence of a “Salafist Principality” in Syria to “isolate the Syrian regime,” the report said.
- Former US President Donald Trump also accused the Obama administration of actively supporting Salafist extremist groups that later tuned into ISIS. Trump has repeatedly stressed that Hillary Clinton is a cofounder of the ISIS. Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence also issued a statement saying Obama and Clinton’s policies led to the creation of ISIS.
- US airstrikes at the Syrian army lead to the conclusion that Washington defends the Islamic State, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Rossiya 24 TV channel. “If we had suspicions earlier that this is in defense of Jebhat al-Nusra, then now, after today’s airstrikes at the Syrian army, we come to a scary conclusion — the White House defends IS,” Zakharova said.
- Citing an investigation by DIA in 2013 that revealed links between Washington and the Takfiris, Richard Hayden Black, Republican Member of the US Senate said: “They are really one and the same. They are part of a joint army.” Hayden Black referred to the CIA’s plans to transfer weapons from Libya to Turkey and from there to Syria to supply so-called “moderate” weapons to the opposition and said it was a futile plan to supply weapons to all armed groups, particularly to ISIS and Al-Qaeda. The US official said: “We are doing this indirectly because doing it directly is illegal.”
- The United States also supports the cyber activities of ISIS terrorists by providing electronic equipment and software. State Department’s Office of Syrian Opposition Support (OSOS), provides the necessary equipment and training for the powerful operation of active terrorists in Iraq and Syria in cyberspace. The center provides a variety of anti-hacking software and advanced Internet search programs for this group. In addition, the State Department is said to provide ISIL terrorists with advanced training in cyberspace through two agencies: The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) and Freedom House.
Based on the above documents, the US connection with terrorists in West Asia became clear. Now the question arises that despite the fact that the United States is chanting anti-terrorist slogans, why does it not work for the destruction of terrorist groups?
Apparently, the United States has introduced itself as a defender of human rights and democracy around the world. Therefore, it cannot act explicitly against these principles, it needs a useful tool to achieve its aggressive policies.
This is the tool of terrorism that persuades public opinion, and through this tool, the United States also presents itself as a hero. Also, if the terrorists are eliminated, this country will lose its excuse for a permanent presence in Syria and Iraq.
The example of the use of terrorism as a tool by the United States dates back to 2001. The suspicious 9/11 attacks in 2001 provided an opportunity for the United States to go to West Asia under the pretext of fighting terrorism.
The result of these attacks is the formation of numerous extremist and terrorist groups in the world that have endangered security on a global scale. The terrorist group ISIS and like-minded takfiri groups in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, and many Islamic countries in West Asia, are the result of the US government’s policy since 9/11.
Fifteen years after the invasion of Afghanistan, almost half of the country is under the control of Taliban, in addition to the Taliban, the takfiri and terrorist groups of ISIL have become a threat for the people of Afghanistan.
The United States also invaded Iraq under the pretext of countering the threat of weapons of mass destruction and the establishment of democracy in Iraq.
The result of this invasion is the destruction of Iraq and the killing of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people at the hands of American military and takfiri and terrorist groups. In fact, the US attacks on various Iraqi cities and the destruction of Iraqi infrastructure and military forces have been the most important factors in the growth of terrorist groups in this country.
Coming to the recent developments, the United States is trying to ride the wave of counter-terrorism and hide its role in supporting terrorists by forming an international coalition to fight ISIS; but the coalition’s performance well illustrates that the United States seeks to maintain the existence of terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria to justify its long-term presence in the two countries.
Perhaps, this is why whenever the Axis of Resistance wins in one of the regions, the United States and several of its allies in the West and the region immediately take action.
On one hand, they try to distort the truth through media propaganda and on the other hand, they are trying to bring the matter to the attention of the international community, such as the United Nations, in order to put pressure on the resistance front and support these terrorist groups.
In 2003, the US military invaded Iraq under the pretext of uncovering Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), and overthrow Saddam Hussein’s dictatorial regime. But over the past two decades, it has achieved nothing but daily killings, torture, looting of Iraq’s economic resources, and support for terrorist groups.
The US government has failed to fulfill any of its promises to protect human rights and democracy in Iraq. The United States could not even support its security interests or those of its allies in Iraq.
Instead, it placed the country on a gold tray and presented it to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and its proxy groups in Iraq.
This complete scandal was nothing but a masterpiece of flawed US diplomacy on one of the most important security issues of contemporary US foreign policy in the Middle East.