“Sometimes, an invasive species is introduced to eradicate another species which is causing havoc to a particular ecosystem”
The impressive assault by the ISIS terrorist group on Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city after Baghdad, and a commercial hub for the north of the country came suddenly and, according to the U.S., without warning. The U.S. pretends that it had no warning about this attack, as though the United States abjured any responsibility for Iraq and its people once the government in Baghdad stopped playing shoeshine boy to the American spooks at the inordinately bombastic embassy built in the post-bellum age of fanciful, neo-conservative dreams. As you shall see, the ISIS attack in Iraq plays right into that sense of American chagrin.
The so-called Syrian foreign “opposition”, no strangers to deception, dissembling and outright lying, immediately pointed a tainted finger at the Syrian government. They wanted who would listen to believe that the Syrian government arranged for a terrorist organization, which it is fighting in Syria, to invade the largest northern city ruled by an Iraqi government allied with Damascus.
ISIS is an English acronym for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (sometimes translated “Levant”). In Arabic the acronym is “Daa’esh” for Al-Dawla Al-Islaamiyya Fi-Al-‘Iraaq wa Al-Shaam”. It’s leader is a fellow by the non de guerre of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdaadi. It is a Salafist-Takfiri group aiming to resurrect the now-defunct institution of the caliphate. It’s origins are pure Al-Qaeda with a twist.
ISIS is the creation of the one man who played Alqaeda like a yo-yo. Bandar bin Sultan, who is now himself defunct thanks to his uncontrolled addiction to violence for the sake of pleasing his Jewish circus masters, utilized Saudi Arabia’s vast network of mosque franchises to recruit young men and women to fight a Sunni war against the largely Shi’i government in Baghdad. At one time, in 2007, such a plan to arrest the growth of Iranian influence made sense to the mostly unimaginative Saudi muttonheads in Riyaadh, but, as it turned out, with much credit to America’s Mr. Bean, Robert Ford, the entire plan went awry and has become a virulent, metastatic cancer that threatens the Saudis themselves, not to mention the U.S. and its allies’ interests.
Bandar knew that in 2007, when he and Robert Ford, the Mossad and CIA were hatching a plan to oust Dr. Assad and his Ba’athist government, (a plan that had to wait until the unfolding of the “Arab Spring”), that Assad enjoyed robust social and economic relations with Erdoghan of Turkey who boasted, through his dwarf factotum, Davutoghlu, that his nation promoted a philosophy of “great relations with everybody in the neighborhood”. But, Bandar also knew that Erdoghan chafed at the idea that historically Sunni-controlled Iraq was now led by a Shi’ite government tied to a major regional rival, Iran. Yet, it didn’t seem likely that Erdoghan could be swayed into abandoning his pacifistic approach for more confrontation to block the growth of the despised heterodox Shi’is. But, au contraire, it was quite likely since Erdoghan’s most insistent bete noir was the Kurdish PKK in the southeast – a group with traditionally strong relations with Syria’s intelligence services. And just as disturbing to the mentally disturbed Erdoghan was the Pesh Mergha’s own deferential position toward Iran.
In its beginning, the group called itself the Islamic State in Iraq which was committed to fighting the invading Americans. But later, both Bandar and MIT head Hakan Fidan met in 2010 to discuss the group’s functions in Iraq. Its clear allegiance to Alqaeda was important in order to attract fundamentalist elements to its ranks given Alqaeda’s “prestigious” position in the Islamist terrorist world of mayhem and nihilism. Bandar is known to have maintained a direct line of communication to Dr. Ayman Zawahiri in the border areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan. This line of communication was deemed useful by the CIA – hence, the curious American disinterest in killing Zawahiri, although, as everyone knows, the effort to murder Bin Laden was already in full swing. Note also, Zawahiri’s even more curious aloofness when it came to matters involving Saudi Arabia and the Zionist Entity. Zawahiri has spent more time ostracizing Syria’s nationalist, anti-Zionist government than vilifying, as he should, the collaborationist regimes in Riyadh and Ankara. And, he almost never mentions the Palestinians.
Recruitment and training were conducted in Turkey. Today, SyrPer can confirm that over 3,000 of ISIS murderers are Turkish nationals whose names are registered with Fidan’s MIT. According to our sources, the volunteers for ISI were selected for “obedience to authority” and “self-perceived status as Jihadist hero”. No requirement for education was ever considered. It seemed as though the Turks wanted an army of suicide bombers. They certainly got what they wanted. And, as long as the ISI did not involve itself in anything other than Iraq, the Turks found the group both tolerable and worthy of guest status on their lands. Bandar was in total agreement and garnered Zawahiri’s support for the group’s structure and limitations. But, ISIS was an invasive species.
Ibraaheem ‘Awwaad Ibraaheem ‘Ali Al-Badri Al-Saamirraa`iy, a/k/a Abu Bakr Al-Baghdaadi. He is 43 years old.
The disaster began to unfold when Abu Bakr took over from his predecessor, Abu ‘Umar Al-Baghdaadi in May of 2010. During this time, it was known that he was focused on cementing his relationship with the Saudi government while using Turkish territory for training his terrorists. When it became clear that fellow terrorist organizations were unable to dislodge the Syrian army from most major Syrian cities, Abu Bakr took his army of terrorists into Syria by formally announcing the creation of the ISIS on the 8th of April, 2013. He was condemned for doing this by Ayman Zawahiri under pressure from Bandar, and ordered Abu Bakr to return to Iraq. He would not and declared Zawahiri a traitor and a “deviant” from the true path. To prove his point, he assaulted Al-Raqqa and ousted both FSA and Nusra terrorists while imposing a ridiculous regime of stifling Wahhabist “morals” and fabricated “Shari’ah” laws upon a city already depopulated by his predecessors.
The Syrian government viewed all of this with some measure of contentment. With Abu Bakr declaring Nusra a “deviant” organization and committing itself to fighting Nusra zealously, it seemed as though a burden had been lifted off the shoulders of the Syrian Army. Unlike Nusra, ISIS seemed to be localized in areas at the fringes of the Syrian nation. Its constant battles, especially in Dayr El-Zor, meant that the Syrian HQ could use fewer assets where the enemy terrorists were already doing the job of containing their own growth by a form of mutual self-immolation. Hence, the ludicrous accusation by the “opposition” that the Syrian Army controlled ISIS.
Abu Bakr now knows that his sole purpose was envisioned by the Turks and Saudis to be a spoiler in Iraq – a method by which sectarianism could continue in order to scupper the Shi’i/Iranian project in that country. Abu Bakr, a known Shi’i hater from his sermons in his native town of Saamirraa` would have been a perfect tool to accomplish the Turk/Saudi goals but for one curious personality trait that caused the plan to come apart: Abu Bakr did not like to be manipulated and was not a team player. According to reports, he very much resented not being privy to the overall plan. He also viewed himself in somewhat grandiose terms as an angel sent by Allah to establish a Caliphate of Lunacy on Earth. His almost Saddam-like efforts to stay alive using survival techniques more appropriate for delusional paranoids were also to be noted and hinted that he was not so sure about his divine provenance.
All throughout this time, from the moment Saddam was booted out of office to the time he was captured by the Americans hiding in some spider hole near his ancestral town of Tikreet, the Iraqi Ba’ath Party’s primary theoretician and Saddam’s right-hand man, ‘Izzaat Ibraaheem Al-Douri, himself a native of Mosul, a well-known Nakhshabandi Sufist, (making him very attractive to the neo-Ottoman Erdoghan) was searching out allies in a very hostile post-Saddam Iraq. That he was personally responsible for helping to exterminate Kurds made him even more attractive to Erdoghan which resulted in a meeting with Abu Bakr in 2011. Still on the run and wanted for execution by the Al-Maliki government, Al-Douri still controlled a vast network of Iraqi Sunni Ba’athists who operated in a manner similar to the old Odessa organization that helped escaped Nazis after WWII. In this case, however, Al-Douri was not merely interested in settling his old comrades in Argentina, but, was more invested in removing the Persian-supported “puppets” in Baghdad.
But, he did not have the support structure needed to oust Al-Maliki, so, he found an odd alliance in ISIS through the offices of Erdoghan and Bandar. Our readers should note that the taking of Mosul was accomplished by former Iraqi Ba’athist officers suspiciously abandoning their posts and leaving a 52,000 man military force without any leadership thereby forcing a complete collapse of the city’s defenses. The planning and collaboration cannot be coincidental.
With ISIS allied now with Saddam’s remnant Ba’ath, it’s easy to see why the Saudis might be terrified. It was the Saddamist Ba’athis who invaded Kuwait. It was Al-Douri and Taahaa Yaaseen Ramadhaan who lobbed pieces of lettuce at the Kuwaiti delegate during the Iraqi-Kuwaiti talks before the invasion that was prompted by Kuwait’s insistence on being repaid for moneys advanced to the Iraqi army for the war against Khomeini’s Iran. If you want to know why Bandar fell out of favor, this is one of the reasons.
And now Erdoghan has to deal with a real reversal of fortune. His beloved Nusra organization is being quickly snuffed out by ISIS and the Syrian Army. Right? …………Enter Iran with talks of a new relationship with Turkey that will put a limit on ISIS’s growth while assuring the slow disappearance of the Nusra in Syria. Erdoghan is desperate – his policies in a shambles thanks to Hakan Fidan’s missteps and ill-advised liaison with Bandar. The Turkish prime minister is facing serious internal problems which are deliberately ignored by the Western media, but, which exist despite that. The ISIS menace could just as easily blow-back into Turkey supported by a less-than-allied PKK, but, all with the one singular purpose of destroying Turk infrastructure. And Erdoghan sees only suicide in an accommodation with the Kurds.
The U.S., like Syria, is enjoying the mess. Don’t believe for a moment that the Pentagon isn’t pleased with the ISIS performance. If the U.S. had plans to stay in Iraq for an infinity of time with a huge military, this would seem to be the time to reassert that desire. Enter Iran, again. Do not be surprised to see the Iranian government now as involved with Al-Maliki as it is with Dr. Assad. Once again, we are talking about the break-up of the Fatimid Crescent which Iran views as an existential issue. And watch how Russia deals with Iraq’s need to revamp its army. Maybe its time for the U.S. to improve its relationship with Dr. Assad and declare the elections a “great success”. That would require an intelligent government, sadly.
Watch for an agreement to pull Nusra, inter alia, out of Aleppo in the next few weeks. And watch the SAA move eastward toward Al-Hasaka, Al-Raqqa and Dayr El-Zor in that same span of time. It may be that ISIS has done more to help the people of Syria than it ever wanted to. While we wish Abu Bakr Al-Baghdaadi a swift death, we must thank him for all he’s done. ZAF
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