Sun Oct 27th, 2019 at 09:34:52 AM EST
Baghdadi became a leader while imprisoned during US occupation of Iraq.
His jihadist militia were part of a four-pronged attack on the sovereign state of Syria under cover of the so-called insurgency started in Daraa in 2011, just north of the border from Jordan on the road to Damascus. The southern city of Daraa was called the "Cradle of the Revolution".
Turkey allowed foreign fighters to cross its border at Jisr al-Shughur into Syria, supplied by weapons transported from the Libyan tragedy and funded by ally nation Qatar of the Muslim Brotherhood. This crossing was an important trade route into the Euphrates valley.
Sunni fighters from Lebanon crossed into Syria from the West, indoctrinated by Wahhabism from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for decades. Hariri the son and the Elder were Saudi citizens and proxies for the Sunni cause in a fractured Lebanon.
King Hussein of Jordan joined the cause of Saddam Hussein in 1990 and Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. The control of all of the Hashemite's kingdom was his ambition. Jordan wasn't in a position to make such a miscalculation again and Abdullah II permitted the US and British special forces to set up jihadist trainings camps in Northern Jordan. Once Hama and Daraa would fall into the hands of the insurgents, a foothold will make expansion easier.
Once the foreign insurgency was well underway, US and Turkey's NATO partners chipped in with political and military aid from all sides: intelligence, weapons, training, and especially weaponized propaganda.
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Ally Israel would do all possible in the marge of covert action and by giving medical aid to Al Nusra fighters along the border on the Golan Heights, now dubbed Trump Heights in new settlements.
And thus it succeeded as planned for many years by the neocons ...
A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches.
The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.
The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush.
The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
Fast forward to October 27th 2019, the Trump man in the White House gave the order to take out former "CIA/Saudi asset" Al Baghdadi in a raid inside the Idlib area, the last resort of Islamist fighters corralled by Syrian Army, Iranian military officers and Russian military might. Western media just recently urged the Syrians and Russian military to stay out of Idlib for humanitarian reasons. Which nations have got eggs on their faces?
Hopefully the Syrian nightmare created by Western powers and Neocon design will end soon! First of all, the Syrian population have suffered greatly during this sectarian and civil war for eight long years. Hopefully under influence change from the United States to the Russian Federation, there is a renewed chance for peace in the Middle East. The Western media won't like it, CNN already is spinning this breaking news story as "Turkey has a lot of `plaining to do, similar to Pakistan for keeping Osama bin Laden hidden on its territory". The BS continues ... not fake news?
Related articles in blog archives here @EuroTrib and @BooMan - now renamed "Progress Pond" ...
○ Translation of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's letter to the leaders of the two Jihadi groups in Syria (the Levant) - June 2013
Syria Expendable In Joint US-Israel ME Power Schemes @EuroTrib on Dec. 28, 2013
In the first decade of the 21st century, Israel and the US were focused on breaking Syrian influence over Lebanon. The Lebanon civil war and a decade of Israeli occupation left parts of Lebanon in shambles. Syria was asked by the UN to step in and provide security. The Syrian regime and Hezbollah became natural allies and the Saudis tried by subversion to put their hold on the Sunni minority groups in both Lebanon and Syria. The Hariri assassination in 2005 became a rallying call to oust Syria from Lebanon. It didn't stop there. At first the EU and the US (John Kerry) tried to persuade Bashar Assad to reform his authoritarian regime to allow opposition voices be heard and put in place steps for building democracy. The EU offered economic partnerships [cached] dependent on political reform. Under President George Bush and Secretary Condoleeza Rice, diplomatic steps were not an option and Syria became an enemy of the US, being an ally of Iran the next target of Israel and US war plans.
In early 2011, the so-called Arab Spring and the revolt in Homs, Syria, became an opportunity for regime change and getting rid of the inherent evil dictator Bashar Assad. Taking great pride in the "successes" of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, the Western colonial powers and the US united with Turkey, Jordan and the Gulf states to overthrow Assad. The miscalculation would result in a pro-longed civil/sectarian war with over 125,000 persons killed and millions of Syrians uprooted, displaced or crossing borders as refugees. The military stalemate has been reached and the devastation and destruction of Syria is unimaginable.
The security for the state of Israel has certainly not improved and may make any peace settlement with the Palestinian people more difficult. Of course, opinion makers in Israel just look forward without remorse to the making of a catastrophe Israel was part of. Even Netanyahu has admitted in secret talks with the Assad regime, Israel was close to a deal for a peaceful settlement and return of (part of) the Golan Heights.
The Destabilization of Syria and the Broader Middle East War
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky - June 2011
What is unfolding in Syria is an armed insurrection supported covertly by foreign powers including the United States, Turkey and Israel.
Armed insurgents belonging to Islamist organizations have crossed the border from Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. The U.S. State Department has confirmed that it is supporting the insurgency.
The United States is to expand contacts with Syrians who are counting on a regime change in the country.
This was stated by U.S. State Department official Victoria Nuland. "We started to expand contacts with the Syrians, those who are calling for change, both inside and outside the country," she said.
Nuland also repeated that Barack Obama had previously called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to initiate reforms or to step down from power." (Voice of Russia, June 17, 2011)
The destabilization of Syria and Lebanon as sovereign countries has been on the drawing board of the US-NATO-Israel military alliance for at least ten years.
Action against Syria is part of a "military roadmap", a sequencing of military operations. According to former NATO Commander General Wesley Clark -- the Pentagon had clearly identified Iraq, Libya, Syria and Lebanon as target countries of a US-NATO intervention.
The US, Turkey, Israel "Triple Alliance" - June 2006
○ Clinton's 21st Century Statecraft and the Land of the Two Rivers @BooMan on Aug. 08, 2014
This information, especially the social media reaction to Secretary Clinton's brainwave of the ThinkAgain_DOS warfare on the Internet, confirms ISIS has its roots in the March 2003 invasion of Iraq and the hurt this caused Muslims in Iraq, the region and across the globe with 1.4 billion Muslims. This was all too predictable! Ms Clinton is so 20th century with her abrasive tactics on the political scene and in a position of power. I'm glad a young senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, beat her to the job in the White House. An overview of the damage caused ...
○ The Generals v the Commander-In-Chief @EuroTrib on Dec. 21, 2018
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