The Islamic State – America’s Double-Edged Sword
Dmitry MININ | 27.11.2014 | OPINION

The Islamic State – America’s Double-Edged Sword

Serious experts are now in little doubt that the US administration was the ‘midwife’ of the Islamic State (IS). 

Renowned Israeli analyst and former head of the ultra-secretive intelligence agency Nativ, Jacob Kedmi, says that the US is now trying to use the tactic of setting moderate Islam against radical Islam, which was «successfully employed in Russia». It is not turning out well for the US, however, considering that for the last three years the Americans have acted as allies of the IS in Syria, and before that were allies of al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

On the one hand, the enormously complicated situation in the Middle East has been magically transformed, and simplified, with the emergence of the IS. Everyone has quickly forgotten that Washington’s ‘Arab Spring’ project failed spectacularly, and are now looking together for protection against the ‘Jihadist threat’ from those who created this threat. The most telling example is the improbable humility of oil-rich countries in the Persian Gulf regarding the drop in oil prices detrimental to themselves. Surprisingly, the falling curve of oil quotations came after reports of the Islamic State’s military successes. 

The war currently being carried out against the IS by the US Air Force is recognised to be for show and is more reminiscent of an arrangement of red flags, beyond which it is inadvisable to go… 

At the same time, nothing is being done to curb the illegal shipments of oil from territories seized by IS militants; the cost of these shipments has already reached $800 million, allowing the game of lowering prices to be played. 

When Barack Obama announced that the strengthening of the Islamic State caught the US intelligence community by surprise, one high-ranking Pentagon official exclaimed in surprise: «Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting».

America’s involvement in the creation of the IS army is not limited to military supplies. The weekly French newspaper Le Nouvel Observateur writes that the most well-known Chechen emirs of the Islamic State originally come from Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge. There, many of them, including Omar al-Shishani (Tarkhan Batirashvili), who was recently killed according to Ramzan Kadyrov, underwent officer training in the Georgian army under the supervision of experienced American instructors. Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili could probably talk about how these Chechens from Georgia became commanders of the Islamic State’s armed forces. There is also evidence that Daoud Drugeon, a senior officer of the French secret service who switched allegiance to the Islamic State and was considered to be an authority on ‘Arab terrorism’, collaborated with the CIA.

The Anglo-Saxon’s tactic of using ‘jihadists’ to serve the interests of its policy dates back to the time of Laurence of Arabia and to the even earlier period of the Caucasian wars of the 19th century, when the British, having started the ‘Great Game’ with the Russian Empire, fuelled the ‘holy fire of jihad’ among the mountain dwellers of the Caucasus and the peoples of Central Asia. 

After the Second World War, London took great pains to create the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in the Middle East to counterbalance the Arab socialism that was gaining momentum there. It is also known that this experience was used by Israel, which, as Jacob Kedmi acknowledges, helped or «did not prevent» the creation of Hamas as a rival to Fatah, which was more influential at that time.

On the other hand, however, the Islamic State is becoming an increasingly dangerous weapon that could seriously wound its creator. Following reports that the US Air Force had allegedly killed ‘caliph’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an audio recording emerged in which he denied the premature rumours of his death and announced the expansion of the self-proclaimed caliphate. According to al-Baghdadi, as well as a third of Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State now also controls parts of Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and the Sinai Peninsula. Al-Baghdadi called for soldiers of the caliphate to join allied groups in order to «erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere», especially in Saudi Arabia. Kurdish sources believe that Western estimates of 50,000 IS militants are too low, and a more realistic number is as many as 200,000, with a population of nearly 12 million people under their control.

A recently released video shows a map of the Islamic State with ‘conquered’ territories and groups from Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Algeria swearing oaths of allegiance to al-Baghdadi. The Islamic State is declared the successor to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda. Its goals are stated as being the conquest of the whole of the Middle East, followed by Rome and then Al-Andalus (the Iberian Peninsula). After restoring the borders of the historic caliphate, the Islamic State will turn to the East to conquer China and Japan. The final phase will be the conquest of America. The video also contains images of the beheading of Syrian prisoners in which representatives of various nationalities perform the role of executioner (citizens of Belgium, France, Britain and Australia have been identified, as well as an Uzbek and a Malaysian).

From a military point of view, of course, plans for the worldwide expansion of the ‘caliphate’ seem like the fruit of an exalted imagination. However, it is impossible to underestimate the fanaticism of ideas and the overall scale of the threat. When IS militants enter a town, it seems that there is already an extensive underground network there waiting for them. Regular government troops find themselves between a rock and a hard place and take flight in the face of what would seem to be a much weaker opponent. Young Muslims, stirred up by the Washington-inspired ‘Arab Spring’ and then disillusioned with it, are looking for new ideological orientations. This danger has already moved beyond, or is just about to move beyond, the Middle East. 

The panic that has broken out in the West in connection with the spread of Ebola becomes clear if we know that a number of African countries have reported cases of the theft and seizure of test tubes containing the Ebola virus from laboratories. According to analysts from various intelligence agencies, it is possible that the Islamic State is getting reading for a ‘virus kamikaze’, where they will infect their blood and then show up in public places in Western cities: from shopping centres to museums and sports stadiums. Humanity has never been faced with such acts of ‘bioterrorism’, and the consequences are impossible to imagine.

Speaking at a meeting of his supporters on 20 November, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad rightly said that IS terrorist groups did not come from nowhere, but are «the fruit of the mistaken and aggressive policies of those who have waged war on Syria». According to al-Assad, Obama’s statements on the «illegitimacy» of the current Syrian government is only pushing the Sunnis that live in the country to join the IS. It seems that the international coalition against the Islamic State set up by the Americans is also being destroyed by those same Americans. 

Tags: ISIS   Middle East  Syria  US 

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