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Key members of ISIS terrorists were trained by CIA and U.S. Special Forces – by William Engdahl


Key members of ISIS it now emerges were trained by US CIA and Special Forces command at a secret camp in Jordan in 2012, according to informed Jordanian officials. The US, Turkish and Jordanian intelligence were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region, conveniently near the borders to both Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the two Gulf monarchies most involved in funding the war against Syria’s Assad, financed the Jordan ISIS training.

Advertised publicly as training of ‘non-extremist’ Muslim jihadists to wage war against the Syrian Bashar Assad regime, the secret US training camps in Jordan and elsewhere have trained perhaps several thousand Muslim fighters in techniques of irregular warfare, sabotage and general terror. The claims by Washington that they took special care not to train ‘Salafist’ or jihadist extremists, is a joke. How do you test if a recruit is not a jihadist? Is there a special jihad DNA that the CIA doctors have discovered?

Jordanian government officials are revealing the details, in fear that the same ISIS terrorists that today are slashing heads of ‘infidels’ alongside the roadways of Mosul by the dozens, or hundreds if we believe their own propaganda, might turn their swords towards Jordan’s King Abdullah soon, to extend their budding Caliphate empire.

Former US State Department official Andrew Doran wrote in the conservative National Review magazine that some ISIS warriors also hold US passports. Now, of course that doesn’t demonstrate and support by the Obama Administration. Hmm…

Iranian journalist Sabah Zanganeh notes,

“ISIS did not have the power to occupy and conquer Mosul by itself. What has happened is the result of security-intelligence collaborations of some regional countries with some extremist groups inside the Iraqi government.”

Iraq’s Chechen commander

The next bizarre part of the ISIS puzzle involves the Jihadist credited with being the ‘military mastermind’ of the recent ISIS victories, Tarkhan Batirashvili. If his name doesn’t sound very Arabic, it’s because it’s not. Tarkhan Batrashvili is a Russian – actually an ethnic Chechen from near the Chechen border to Georgia. But to give himself a more Arabic flair, he also goes by the name Emir (what else?) Umar al Shishani. The problem is he doesn’t look at all Arabic. No dark swarthy black beard: rather a long red beard, a kind of Chechen Barbarossa.

According to a November, 2013 report in The Wall Street Journal, Emir Umar or Batrashvili as you prefer, has made the wars in Syria and Iraq “into a geopolitical struggle between the US and Russia.”

That has been the objective of leading neo-conservatives in the CIA, Pentagon and State Department all along. The CIA transported hundreds of Mujahideen Saudis and other foreign veterans of the 1980s Afghan war against the Soviets in Afghanistan into Chechnya to disrupt the struggling Russia in the early 1990s, particularly to sabotage the Russian oil pipeline running directly from Baku on the Caspian Sea into Russia. James Baker III and his friends in Anglo-American Big Oil had other plans. It was called the BTC pipeline, owned by a BP-US oil consortium and running through Tbilisi into NATO-member Turkey, free of Russian territory.

Batrashvili is not renowned for taking care. Last year he was forced to apologize when he ordered his men to behead a wounded ‘enemy’ soldier who turned out to be an allied rebel commander. More than 8,000 foreign Jihadist mercenaries are reportedly in ISIS including at least 1,000 Chechens as well as Jihadists Saudi, Kuwait, Egypt and reportedly Chinese Uyghur from Xinjiang Province.

Jeffrey Silverman, Georgia Bureau Chief for the US-based Veterans Today (VT) website, told me that Batrashvili “is a product of a joint program of the US through a front NGO called Jvari, which was set up by US Intelligence and the Georgian National Security Council, dating back to the early days of the Pankisi Gorge.”

Jvari is the name as well of a famous Georgian Orthodox monastery of the 6th century. According to Silverman, David J. Smith—head of something in Tbilisi called the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, as well as the Potomac Institute in Washington where he is listed as Director of the Potomac Institute Cyber Centerr—played a role in setting up the Jvari NGO.

Silverman maintains that Jvari in Rustavi, near the capital, Tbilisi, gathered together Afghan Mujahideen war veterans, Chechens, Georgians and sundry Arab Jihadists. They were sent to the infamous Pankisi Gorge region, a kind-of no-man’s lawless area, for later deployment, including Iraq and Syria.

Batrashvili and other Georgian and Chechen Russian-speaking Jihadists, Silverman notes, are typically smuggled, with the assistance of Georgia’s Counterintelligence Department and the approval of the US embassy, across the Georgia border to Turkey at the Vale crossing point, near Georgia’s Akhaltsikhe and the Turkish village of Türkgözü on the Turkish side of the Georgian border. From there it’s very little problem getting them through Turkey to either Mosul in Iraq or northeast Syria.

Silverman believes that events in Northern Iraq relate to “wanting to have a Kurdish Republic separate from the Central government and this is all part of the New Great Game. It will serve US interests in both Turkey and Iraq, not to mention Syria.”

Very revealing is the fact that almost two weeks after the dramatic fall of Mosul and the ‘capture’ by ISIS forces of the huge weapons and military vehicle resources provided by the US to the Iraqi army. Washington has done virtually nothing but make a few silly speeches about their ‘concern’ and dispatch 275 US special forces to allegedly protect US personnel in Iraq.

Whatever the final details that emerge, what is clear in the days since the fall of Mosul is that some of the world’s largest oilfields in Iraq are suddenly held by Jihadists and no longer by an Iraqi government determined to increase the oil export significantly. More on this aspect in an upcoming article.

Moderate and not so Moderate rebelsWilliam Engdahl is an award-winning geopolitical analyst and strategic risk consultant whose internationally best-selling books have been translated into thirteen foreign languages.

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  • You’ll Never Guess Which Country Is the Biggest Per Capita Contributor of Foreign Jihadists to ISIS
    P. Nash Jenkins @pnashjenkins June 23, 2014
    Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) celebrate on vehicles taken from Iraqi security forces, at a street in city of Mosul
    Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) celebrate on vehicles taken from Iraqi security forces, at a street in city of Mosul, June 12, 2014.
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    It isn’t in the Middle East or Central Asia or even in Europe. It’s Down Under

    A startling number of Australian citizens and residents have left the country to join jihadist factions in the ongoing crises in the Middle East, prompting the Australian government to launch a statewide effort to crack down on “home-grown terrorism” fostered within its borders.

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    “This is one of the most disturbing developments in our domestic security in quite some time,” Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop told the Australian Broadcasting Service. “There’s a real danger that these extremists also come back home as trained terrorists and pose a threat to our security.”

    Authorities believe that around 150 Australians are currently fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq and Syria, making the country the highest foreign per capita contributor to the violence. Many more have left the country for the Middle East in recent weeks, though their intent in doing so has not yet been determined.

    “We will do everything we humanly can to stop jihadist terrorists coming into this country and if they do return to this country, we will do everything we reasonably can to ensure that they are not moving amongst the Australian community,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the Australian press on Monday.

    Abbott’s government has thus far canceled a number of passports held by those Australians who have joined the conflict, and is working to fortify a border security system that has a history of being more permeable than desired. It was a “customs failure” last year that permitted convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf to escape the country with his brother’s passport and head to Syria and then Iraq, where he has had a hand in the recent mass executions of Iraqi soldiers.

    As for the suspected or confirmed terrorists still at large within the Australian borders, the government has mulled over the idea of providing national intelligence agencies greater access to the country’s internet traffic — a potentially controversial move, considering the outcry over the government’s mobile data surveillance plan in 2012.

    This is not the first time that Australia has taken note of the extremist diaspora out of the country. Last summer, TIME reported that over 200 Australians had joined militant groups fighting to unseat Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country’s ongoing civil war, and that Australian counterterrorism operatives had consequently begun collecting evidence against suspected combatants.

    Still, the exodus persists, from Australia and elsewhere: the Economist reported earlier this month that as many as 3,000 foreigners may have joined ISIS forces. The organization and its satellite groups seem intent on making their chaos an international issue, actively soliciting support from Muslims across the world.

    In a 13-minute propagandist recruitment video released last week, purported ISIS extremists stated that their fellow jihadists in Iraq and Syria hailed from countries as far afield as Bangladesh and even Cambodia, although some Cambodian officials have disputed the claim.

  • Khurram Zaki’s status

    عراق کو فرقہ وارانہ بنیادوں پر تقسیم کرنے کا پلان امریکی نیو کنزرویٹوز نے بنایا. اس کا مقصد امریکہ کو خطے میں اسٹریٹجک یعنی تزویراتی فوائد دینا تھا. اس مقصد کے حصول کے لیۓ عراق میں موجود امریکی اسپیشل فورسز نے نفسیاتی جنگ کا آغاز کیا اور عراق میں فرقہ وارانہ کشیدگی کو ہوا دینی شروع کی. ٢٠٠٥ کے اوائل میں پاکستانی دفاعی اداروں نے انکشاف کیا تھا کہ پینٹاگون عراق میں بعث پارٹی کے سابقہ ممبروں اور القاعدہ کے تکفیری دہشتگردوں پر مشتمل چھوٹی چھوٹی ملشیا کو اسلحہ اور فوجی امداد فراہم کر رہا ہے. ان مسلح جھتوں کی پشت پناہی امریکی فوج کر رہی تھی اور ان کی ٹریننگ کا بندوبست تکفیری خارجی گروہ القاعدہ نے کیا تھا. ان جھتوں کو ٹریننگ اور اسلح کی فراہمی کے بعد عراقی عوام کے درمیان چھوڑ دیا گیا تھا. ان تکفیری خارجی جھتوں کا مقصد عراق میں ایرانی طرز کی اسلامی حکومت کا قیام روکنا تھا. ان تکفیری خارجی دہشتگردوں کی پشت پناہی کا نتیجہ نہ صرف عراق بلکہ پورے خطّے میں فرقہ وارانہ کشیدگی کی صورت میں نکلا. گزشتہ دہائی ہی سے بش اور اوبامہ انتظامیہ سعودی عرب، قطر اور دیگر خلیجی ممالک کے ساتھ مل کر پورے مشرق وسطیٰ میں ایسے دہشتگرد گروہوں کو اسلح اور دیگر فوجی امداد مہیا کر رہی تھی جو خطّے میں بڑھتے ہوۓ ایرانی اثرات کا راستہ روک سکیں. اس مقصد کے حصول کے لیۓ القاعدہ سے منسلک تکفیری خارجی دہشتگرد گروہ سب سے موزوں دکھائی دیۓ. اسی منصوبے کے ایک حصہ کے طور پر شام میں تکفیری خارجی دہشتگرد گروپوں کو کئی ارب ڈالرز کی مالی امداد، اسلح اور فوجی ٹریننگ دی گئی. اس امداد کا آغاز سابقہ فرنچ وزیر خارجہ کے انکشاف کے مطابق ٢٠٠٩ سے ہو چکا تھا، یعنی شام میں تکفیری دہشتگردی کے آغاز سے دو سال قبل سے. امریکی انتظامیہ کی جانب سے ان تکفیری دہشتگردوں کی مدد کے اسباب کو امریکی کرنل رالف پیٹر، جو کہ ڈپٹی چیف آف اسٹاف براۓ انٹیلیجنس کے دفتر میں مستقبل کی جنگوں کے امور کے سربراہ رہ چکے ہیں، نے ٢٠٠٦ میں ایک امریکی فوجی میگزین میں بیان کیا. اس تمام تگ و دو کا مقصد نسل کشی کے ذریعہ مشرق وسطیٰ کے نقشوں اور بارڈرز کو مکمل تبدیل کر کے تیل کی سپلائی کو مستقل اور یقینی بنانا تھا. تقسیم کرو اور حکومت کرو کے اس منصوبہ کے تحت شام اور عراق کو کئی ٹکڑوں میں تقسیم کرنے کا ڈک چینی-ولفووٹز پلان بھی اسی منصوبہ کا ایک حصہ ہے اور تکفیری خارجی دہشتگرد داعش (ISIS) اس امریکی منصوبے اور خواب کو بروۓ کار لانے اور حقیقت میں بدلنے کا ایک وسیلہ.
    ممتاز تحقیقی صحافی ڈاکٹر نفیس احمد کے عرب اخبار “العربیہ” میں انکشافات.