IS in West Asia: regional and global implications
by Waiel Awwad on 14 Sep 2014 3 Comments

The capture of the Iraqi city of Mosul and surrounding areas in June 2014 drew the world’s attention of the sudden rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/the Levant (variously called the ISIS, ISIS or IS). Since then, this monster was allowed to grow and spread its influence over a large portion of Iraq and Syria. It was only when it closed in on Erbil, capital of the Kurdish province, that the United States and its allies felt the need to intervene to halt the IS advance and ensure the safety of almost 3,500 American marines stationed in the US consulate there and protect US giant oil companies Exxon Mobil and Chevron drilling in Iraqi Kurdistan. It also called to protect minorities from persecution as IS fanatics carried massive ethnic cleansing of Yazidi, Shia Turkmen, Chabak, Christians and even Sunni Muslims.


Now, Al Baghdadi claims to be Amir of a large tract and demands that Muslims all over the world join hands with him and declare their loyalty to him. The arms industry controlled US government allows this terrorist group to utilize the social media (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook) to propagate its horrors; even the corporate media helped in this regard. Those warmongers made it clear that this demon was here to destroy not only the Middle Eastern countries but also the “whole world”.


Decoding IS


Al Qaeda in Afghanistan was created by US-Saudi-ISI to topple the Soviet Union (admitted by Hillary Clinton The IS follows the beaten path. Many eyebrows were raised about IS’ sudden success in controlling large portions of Syria and Iraq in a short span with the help of local militant groups. Remember, the success of this group was only in areas under the influence of other militant groups that were sheltered, armed and trained by the West and US. According to Snowden the “Hornet Nest”, DAASH/ISIS was created by US (CIA)-Britain (MI6)-Israel (Mossad) - the “Coalition of the willing”.


A classified document released by the US Central Intelligent Council (CIC) exposes the Caliph project 2020 ( After the invasion of Afghanistan and subsequent George W Bush-Tony Blair occupation of Iraq in 2003 and the destruction of Iraq as a state by dissolving the army, security apparatus and Baath party, the ground was ready for the growth of fundamentalism. A Jordanian sectarian, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, was appointed leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AGI). He was active in Al Anbar province (Falluja, Al Ramadi).


Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt believes “the Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date.” But the US could not handle the public rage whenever a US soldier’s coffin came home from Iraq and Afghanistan, which wars were not seen as American by public opinion.


Accordingly, Pentagon changes its war doctrine and executed a plan of extending logistic support to local groups and inciting sectarian fighting, to help the US and its allies achieve their goals without losing a soldier. These wars were further financed through Sheikhdom Petrodollars (Wahhabi-Salafi Axis); the US arms industry boomed as regional anarchy spread to different parts of the world. The ultimately aim was external intervention and change in regional balance; the global impact would be to increase the division between the superpowers and Security Council members regarding their area of influence.


The primary motive is to capture the natural resources in the Arab world. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the Arab world was divided into 19 small countries by Britain and France (Sykes-Picot Treaty) to retain dominance. In the mid-twentieth century, a colonized enclave - Israel - was created by the colonizer powers to ensure that this rich region remains under their influence. After World War II with weakened European countries and the fear of spread of communism, most West Asian countries gained independence. The Arab world underwent a turbulent transition from a feudal agricultural society to a modern industry society.


Leaders were installed, autocratic regimes encouraged, opponents supported secretly and nudged to take resentment to the street over unemployment, low wages, et al. The state collapsed, leading to military intervention and even foreign intervention. Iraq is an example.


Europe encouraged coups in Arab regimes opposing their policies and replaced them with unpopular figures under the pretext of stopping the spread of communism. This in turn promoted the rise of pan-Arabism and challenged by the UK, France and the US who supported autocratic regimes, monarchies and even dictators. All were heavily armed. The Eisenhower Doctrine essentially meant that only the US could have exclusive influence over the Middle East and its oil fields.


The US came to occupy Iraq not to find weapons of mass destruction but for its natural wealth. When it pulled out, the vacuum led to the birth of IS terrorist organization, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda.


During the  “Arab Spring” supported by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which spread from North African Arab states to the Middle East, particularly Syria, the IS in Iraq formed Al-Nusra Front in Syria. This started the war on Syria; Turkey opened its 900 km border with Syria to mercenaries to enter Syria freely from Libya, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Chechens, Caucasians, Af-Pak-Taliban, Uzbeks, Malaysians and Indonesians – all thanks to disbanding the Iraq army, security apparatus and Baath party.


The intelligence agencies of the US, UK, France, Turkey, Israel, Qatar and Saudi Arabia ensured the flow of arms to anti-Syria militant groups under the pretext of supporting moderate rebels against Syrian government forces. Turkey, hoping to revive the Ottoman Caliphate era supported the Muslim Brotherhood and later supplemented with “Mujahedeen” to gain ground and topple secular regimes. According to sources, there are more than 5,000 Turkish nationals now in the ranks of the IS. US Senator John McCain was a frequent visitor to the training camps near the border with Syria and often met the IS commandos at a secret Jordan base.


But US and Europe began to feel the heat when more than 10,000 blue-eyed mercenaries joined Al-Qaeda affiliated groups to fight in Syria. Fears rose of what would happen when these ruthless Jihadis returned to their native countries. Even Israel has admitted 10 Israelis have joined IS.


It is pertinent that way back in 2007, former NATO Director General Wesley Clark spoke of the Neocons plans to get NATO to occupy 7 countries in 5 years - Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Iran. Wikileaks revealed a US plan for a military coup in Tunisia and Egypt to gain logistic support to invade Libya! Veteran journalist Seymour Hersh hinted at the creation of an IS-type terror group in his 9-page report in the New Yorker (“The Redirection. Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?”).


The drawing of a New Middle East and North Africa aims to divide the region into smaller countries on ethnic and religious basis. Already Sudan has been divided into two; regimes were overthrown in Tunisia and Egypt; Libya was attacked by France which led NATO forces under “Humanitarian Intervention”. Even former Prime Minister of Italy, Silvia Berlusconi, accused French President Sarkozy of initiating a war on Gaddafi, though he was loved by his people (


Cold War returns


Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, godfather of Al-Qaeda’s mentor and former Saudi envoy to the US, met President Putin to persuade him to disown Syria, threatening Mr Putin with dire consequences if he refused. How convenient that the Islamic State is now threatening Russia and vowing to liberate Chechnya and other Muslim minorities states. Syria’s Tartous port is the only Russian military base in the Mediterranean Sea, so disintegrating Syria and regime change is critical for US-NATO-Israel.


US-NATO also trying to isolate Moscow via Crimea and Ukraine. This began with the gas pipeline that triggered the war on Syria where Qatar wanted to extend a pipeline to Turkey and Europe through Jordan and Syria. Then, there is the discovery of large reservoir of gas in the Levant, which is shared with Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Israel and Palestine (Gaza shore).


NATO’s “humanitarian war” on Libya (2011) began with close liaison with “pro-Al Qaeda brigades” led by “former” Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) leader Abdul Hakim Belhhadj. He received his military training in a CIA sponsored guerrilla camp in Afghanistan.


External intervention in West Asia has been documented in many released documents like Israel Strategy for the 19-century (Yenon Oded plan, 1982), Lin Perk’s document (PNAC -Clean and Break Plan, 1996) to ensure the security of Israel, Brzezinski project and Richard Pearl’s document (Israel strategy till 2000 where he called for USA to invade Iraq).


After the Israel war on Lebanon in 2006, Condoleezza Rice announced “The Middle East and North Africa New Order”. The objective is to tilt the balance of power in favour of insurgent groups to topple the Syrian government, which extended logistic support to Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon to foil the US-Israel plan for Greater Middle East dominated by Israel. This will isolate Iran.


The US has long been planning to intervene in Syria and topple its government. Collin Powel said as much to President Bashar Al Assad when he visited Syria after the 2003 US-UK invasion of Iraq. Hence, the support to the “pro-democracy uprising” and arming of “moderate rebels”. But the plan to intervene militarily under the banner of “humanitarian intervention” was foiled by Russia and China. Hence, President Obama’s new plan to counter its own cultivated IS! 

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