Back in February 2012, WND reported that the United States, with the help of Jordan and Turkey, was running a training base for Syrian rebels in Jordan.
One year later, The Guardian wrote that U.S. trainers were helping Syrian rebels in Jordan, alongside British and French instructors. Newly declassified U.S. intelligence documents have revealed that the United States and some of its allies had both foreseen and facilitated the rise of Islamic State in Syria as a counterweight to President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Government watchdog group Judicial Watch published over 100 pages of formerly-classified documents from the U.S. Department of Defence and the State Department obtained through a federal lawsuit.
One of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) documents showed that the West, Turkey and Persian Gulf countries examined the prospect of forming a declared or undeclared Salafist province in eastern Syria to disrupt their tactics in the region. The DIA report [formerly classified and dated August 12, 2012] said that this was what the collateral powers to the [Syrian] opposition wanted, “in order to isolate the Syrian regime.” The intelligence warned that any further downturn of the Syrian conflict would have “dire consequences” on Iraq and would generate the “ideal atmosphere” for al-Qaeda to stage a comeback in Mosul and Ramadi.
The report also warned that ISIS could declare a state through the union with other terrorist organisations. This document is the highest-level internal U.S. intelligence confirmation that Islamic State terror group is considered –by Western governments- a strategic asset toward “regime change” in Syria.
The documents obtained through a federal lawsuit confirmed suspicion that ISIS members were initially trained by the Central Intelligence Agency’s members and contractors at facilities in Jordan in 2012. The contents have been promulgated by the Obama administration to the CIA, FBI, the U.S. Central Command, the Department of Homeland Security along with its directorates, the State Department and other related agencies.
Award-winning geopolitical and strategic risk consultant William Engdahl wrote in an op-ed for RT last year that Western mainstream media have been packed with horror stories of Islamic State’s military conquests. Leaked details suggested the group’s rise has been “shaped and controlled out in Langley, Virginia” and in other Pentagon and CIA outposts to weaken the Syrian stabilization efforts and to spread chaos in Iraq.
Engdahl cited well-informed Iraqi journalists as saying that Islamic State overran the strategic Mosul region with “barely a shot fired in resistance.” According to one report, residents of Tikrit said that soldiers handed over their weapons and uniforms “peacefully” to militants who –in general- “would have been expected to kill government soldiers on the spot.” Iraqi journalists claimed Sunni tribal chiefs in the region had been convinced to side with Islamic State against Baghdad’s Shiite al-Maliki government. The New York Times reported that the mastermind behind the Islamic State military success was former General Ibrahim al-Douri.
It was later revealed that key members of ISIS were trained by CIA and U.S. Special Forces in Jordan and that Qatar and Saudi Arabia were involved in funding the training and the war against Assad. Former U.S. State Department official Andrew Doran wrote in the National Review magazine that some ISIS members had U.S. passports. Plus, Iranian journalist Sabah Zanganeh noted that Islamic State could not have occupied and conquered Mosul all by itself. Zanganeh explained that the terrorist group’s actions are probably the outcome of security-intelligence joint efforts between some regional nations and “some extremist groups inside the Iraqi government.”