12 December, 2016

(THE TV’s LEAKING)

The U.S. has a peculiar relationship with ISIS in Syria, which may be explained as follows.

The background is that in 2006, the U.S. made a secret decision to take steps to overthrow the Syrian government (now public knowledge). This related to gas pipelines and Middle-Eastern alliances and had nothing to do with democracy or human rights.

It is illegal in international law for one country to take covert or over steps to overthrow another country.

When ISIS (then known as al-Qaeda in Iraq) was pushed over the border into Syria, it assisted the US regime change strategy in the following ways:

  1. ISIS was a vicious force and it’s fanatical attacks on the Syrians weakened the Syrian defence forces. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) – the U.S. government’s leading thinktank on foreign policy, endorsed al-Qaeda’s role in the Syrian battlefield for this reason.
  2. The US could not openly request Congress to vote funds to overthrow a sovereign Syrian government (as it unsuccessfully tried to do in 2013), but could and did secure vast funding to battle ISIS.
  3. Much of the funding allocated to combat ISIS was in fact “diverted” to fund an insurgency to overthrow the Syrian state. The fact that the groups being funded and armed were mainly Islamic extremists (with ideology very similar to al Qaeda and the Taliban) actually made them “better” insurgents because they were fanatical and prepared to die. One of the groups armed with U.S. weapons was in fact al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra (a.k.a. al-Sham). Al-Qaeda is now in overall command of the other (US armed) groups in Eastern Aleppo and NW Syria.
  4. So, the U.S. has needed ISIS in Syria to push the regime change strategy. If Russia or the Syrian government defeat ISIS then the justification for the regime change strategy gets very thin. So the U.S. has had to ensure that ISIS is not defeated, until it has ousted or broken the Syrian government. Sadly this has nothing to do with human rights, but everything to do with establishing hegemony over the Middle-East for the Saudi/U.S. alliance. The Syrian people are the unfortunate victims of this power plan.

In the attack on Mosul (October 2016) the U.S. has allowed much of the ISIS leadership to move from Mosul to Syria along safe corridors. This strange relationship between the U.S. and ISIS in Syria is illustrated by the points hereunder:

  1. After ISIS took over Raqqa , it attacked the Syrian government air force base (near the town). It mounted one of its now classic “blitzkrieg” attacks on the airbase and managed to capture a number of pilots and staff. It proceeded to march them out later and publish worldwide its beheading of all of them. The Syrian air force mounted an attack (revenge attack) on ISIS in Raqqa, but as the Syrian air force (over Syrian sovereign territory) was approaching Raqqa, the U.S. air force intercepted the Syrian air force and then and ever since has “protected” Raqqa and ISIS in Raqqa (and its surrounding territory). The U.S. has made some half-hearted bombings in Raqqa of empty buildings, but no attacks on the lovely ISIS parades in the white Toyota SUVs that ISIS is so fond of posting online (on lovely clear blue sky days).
  2. The U.S. has also avoided attacking ISIS columns as they headed out to attack and take Palmyra and continue the attacks on Deir ez Zor and other Syrian held towns and villages. As long as ISIS was attacking the secular Syrian state the U.S. turned a blind eye. Again if one considers the topography, roads west and clear blue skies the U.S. could easily have prevented the murders and destruction in Palmyra. ISIS is depended on lines of attack and supply, which are visible from the sky. Even now, in the face of Russian air strikes, the U.S. did nothing to assist a successful ISIS offensive which has reclaimed Palmyra.
  3. The U.S. chose to ignore the massive trade and movements from ISIS held territory to Turkey and back. The oil trade (after ISIS captured the Syrian oil wells) was massive, the oil tankers easily visible from the air. This oil trade with Turkey was a major contributor to ISIS coffers (and Erdogan’s extended family coffers). Again, large number of SUVs went over the Turkish border to ISIS (as did weapons, Jihadists, etc). Both Turkey and the U.S. were incensed when Russia (invited in by the sovereign Syrian government) attacked the columns of oil tankers going to Turkey. The Russian strikes deprived ISIS (and the Erdogan family) of a major source of funds.
  4. The US has done nothing to help Deir ez Zor (on the Euphrates) which is under siege from ISIS and is totally dependent on food and materials flown in by the Syrian government. In fact, the U.S. attacked a Syrian army advance to relieve Deir ez Zor in 2015 and killed many Syrian soldiers (alleging it made a mistake). Then recently, as the “cease-fire” had taken effect, the US coalition planes attacked the Syrian soldiers defending the Deir ez Zor airport (through which all its food and materials pass) killing a number of them and simultaneously ISIS launched an attack to try and enter Deir ez Zor and take the airport. The attack has all the appearances of aiding ISIS and derailing the “cease-fire’ agreement between John Kerry and the Russians. When Russia objected in the UN, the US delegation changed the subject and refused to apologise.
  5. If one looks at a map, both Deir ez Zor and Palmyra are in Eastern Syria, which the U.S. coalition would much rather were not under Syrian government control. This is because both Eastern and Northern Syria are areas the coalition (esp. the Saudis and Turkey) would rather have under their Sunni surrogates (virtually all of whom are Islamic extremists). If ISIS took the two cities (Palmyra again and Deir ez Zor) then the U.S. (with Turkey and Saudi Arabia) could oust ISIS in a quick movement and hand over the entire area (with no problem of a Syrian government presence and a dispute over sovereignty). ISIS is still only a few miles east of Palmyra and still supplies its forces from Raqqa.
  6. The Syrian Kurds, who have consistently been the only US ally that has actually fought against ISIS, were on the point of cutting off the Turkish border with ISIS held territory, when the US agreed with Turkey that it could attack into Syria (at Jarabulus) and oust the Kurds. The Turks then attacked the Kurds (killing their members) and pushed them back (re-opening a direct access between Turkey and ISIS held territory). In this last week (of October) Turkey attacked Syrian Kurds from the air, as the Kurds were fighting ISIS in Northern Syria at Dabiq (a large number of Kurds were killed and wounded).
  7. The U.S. is talking about attacking Raqqa this year. But agonising over not knowing how to do this to ensure only Sunni (Islamic) forces (i.e. approved by such people as the Saudis and Turks) actually take over Raqqa and not the Syrian government or Kurds. The U.S. is maintaining assistance to al-Qaeda led forces in the NW, which is pinning down Syrian forces, so that the Syrian army (with Russian help) do not relieve Deir ez Zor and then take Raqqa and restore it to sovereign Syrian control.
  8. The recent release of a WikiLeaks document shows that Hillary Clinton knew (in 2013 when she was Secretary of State) that the Saudi and Qatar governments were funding and supporting ISIS and the serious implications of this. Yet Hillary continued to have friendly relations with both the Saudis and Qataris (receiving a large Qatari donation to the Clinton Foundation). But even worse is that the U.S. led “Coalition Against ISIS” includes as its key members the Saudis and Qatar, staunch opponents of the Syrian regime. So it appears to really be a “Coalition Against Assad”? This point has not been picked up as a real issue in the U.S. during the presidential election.

All of this is barely scratching the surface, but it certainly makes one wonder how it is possible that the U.S. coalition has been bombing Syrian territory for two years without any major success against the terror group.

Whether or not a President Trump will be able to put a stop to any of this remains to be seen, and is highly unlikely given the establishment insiders that he has chosen to surround himself with.

This article (The U.S. Has A Special Relationship With ISIS) was written exclusively for The TV’s Leaking and may not be reproduced in any way, shape or form without permission from the author.

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