By: Brent Parrish
Via the Jerusalem Post:
According to a report in the Daily Mail, among the items found in the Pakistan compound where the former al-Qaida leader was killed by US special forces in 2011, was a 21-page letter warning of the dangers of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS.
In the letter, Bin Laden reportedly called for al-Qaida to sever all ties with the group due to its extreme brutality.
The first time I became aware of ISIS was during the ongoing conflict in Syria. Initially, ISIS was known as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). ISIL then began to be referred to as ISIS—Islamic State and al-Shams or Islamic State in Syria. (There may be other variations I’m not aware of.)
According to my own research, Islamic State (formerly ISIS), is the offshoot of Musab al-Zaqarwi’s Ansar al-Sunnah Army (AAS) in Iraq, also referred to as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). The AAS was known for its extreme brutality. Zarqawi’s terrorist army was so violent it lead to the formation of the so-called Sunni Enlightenment Councils in Anbar during the Iraq War.
The group [ISIS], in its original form, was composed of and supported by a variety of Sunni insurgent groups, including its predecessor organizations, Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) (2003–2006), Mujahideen Shura Council (2006–2006) and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) (2006–2013), other insurgent groups such as Jeish al-Taiifa al-Mansoura, Jaysh al-Fatiheen, Jund al-Sahaba and Katbiyan Ansar Al-Tawhid wal Sunnah, and a number of Iraqi tribes that profess Sunni Islam.
I have some serious questions regarding the alleged 21-page letter discovered at Osama bin Laden’s compound.
Does the letter specifically refer to ISIS or ISI? And why is it only coming out now?
I never bought the line al-Qaeda was so appalled by the ultra-violence of the Islamic State that they severed ties with the terrorist group. If al-Qaeda has severed ties with Islamic State, I believe it has more to do with the fact Islamic State’s current leader, Abu Abdullah al-Rashid al-Baghdadi, is taking the top-dog position away from al-Qaeda’s current number-one man, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Remember, in 2006, Osama bin Laden praised Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s attacks on civilians during the Iraq War.
Hillary Clinton recently stated she believes the rise of ISIS is due to the fact the U.S. has not armed so-called Syrian “rebels.” Is she smoking crack? Or does she believe we’re all smoking crack?
Furthermore, there are numerous videos of Syrian “rebels” employing American-made TOW missiles. The TOW missile is a portable weapon system used to take out armored vehicles and hardened targets. Employing a TOW missile in combat does require a certain amount of training; and there are numerous reports of the U.S. training so-called Syrian “rebels” at a secret base in Jordan.
The Free Syrian Army (FSA, the so-called Syrian “rebels”) was established on July 29, 2011, by former Syrian Air Force colonel Riad al-Asaad, who later lost his right leg in a car bombing in eastern Syria. His family members were executed by Bashar al-Assad’s forces, according to a Dateline SBS report.
The FSA is comprised mostly of Sunni Arabs—Syria’s largest community—but also includes Kurds, Turkmen, Palestinians and Druze members. The FSA is often described as “moderate” and “secular” by the Western press. This is in stark contrast to incredibly violent groups like the al-Qaeda linked Jahbat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS), among others.
But is this really the case?
According to the Dateline SBS report, Riad al-Assad has made some controversial comments suggesting the FSA is anything but a moderate, secular force.
Via WikiPedia (source: Dateline SBS), my emphasis:
Riad al-Assad has made controversial statements such as suggesting that suicide bombing is “an integral part of revolutionary action, of Free Syrian Army action.” and “Al-Qaeda in Syria does not exist, extremists in Syria does not exist, stories about Al Qaeda in Syria are regime fabrications.” (Although most fighters in Syria come from the ranks of Al Nusra front, ISSI and united Islamic front and they all are on the UN list of terrorist organizations.)
Whatever moderate or secular factions existed within the FSA have been co-opted by extremist Sunni elements at this point. A great deal of violent infighting has occurred between the FSA and groups like ISIS, Islamic Front and al-Nusra Front, et al. Furthermore, there has been a great deal of infighting between al-Nusra, Islamic Front and ISIS.
But, in the end, it is the Sunni Islamic terrorists that hold sway over the FSA, and other named groups fighting against the Assad regime.
On one hand, the U.S. is arming Syrian terrorists like ISIS. Yet, on the other hand, we’re now bombing ISIS in Iraq. This same sort of duplicity is also evidenced by Saudi Arabia’s aid to Sunni terrorists in Syria, while, at the same time, providing “humanitarian” aid to Iraq. (Although one might argue whether the Saudi aid to Iraq is really, in fact, a sizable donation to the United Nations.)
Confused? Join the club. Like the old admonition says, “Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.” Nowadays, it seems we can’t believe anything we see or hear coming from the ruling elites, but we can sure see the results … and they’re horrific.