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OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 10/30/19

US Tries to Reverse Syrian Fortunes with "Baghdadi Raid"

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And regardless of whether the US staged the operation or not - the truth about who truly created and directed ISIS throughout the duration of the Syrian war - resigns al Baghdadi's death ultimately as theater.

The US Created ISIS to Begin With"

The US has admittedly spent billions of dollars arming militants throughout the duration of the Syrian war.

Articles like Foreign Policy's, "The Pentagon Is Spending $2 Billion Running Soviet-Era Guns to Syrian Rebels," or the New York Times,' "C.I.A. Arms for Syrian Rebels Supplied Black Market, Officials Say," in headlines alone indicate the extensive nature of US efforts to arm militants fighting against the Syrian government from 2011 onward.

If the US and its allies were providing billions in weapons, equipment, and other forms of support to militants claimed to be "moderates," who was providing even more weapons, equipment, and other forms of support allowing extremist organizations like ISIS to rise to prominence and even supposedly displace or lure over US-backed militants?

The answer is simple - the US - as it has in all of its other wars of aggression - simply lied. There were never any "moderate" militants. The US deliberately misled the public about the nature of its proxy war in Syria. From the beginning - in fact long before the beginning of the Syrian war - the US was knowingly funneling aid into the hands of extremists with ties to groups like Al Qaeda and its various affiliates.

Far from mere speculation, it was the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) itself in a 2012 leaked memo that admitted, "the West, Gulf monarchies, and Turkey" were behind the rise of a what at the time was being called a "Salafist principality."

The leaked 2012 report states (emphasis added):

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).

To clarify precisely who these "supporting powers" were that sought the creation of a "Salafist" (Islamic) principality" (State), the DIA report explains:

The West, Gulf countries, and Turkey support the opposition; while Russia, China, and Iran support the regime.

In other words, the US, its European allies, and its closest allies in the Middle East, sought the rise of a "Salafist" (Islamic) "principality" (State) in eastern Syria, precisely where ISIS eventually manifested itself.

Stories like USA Today's "The U.S. bought weapons for Syrian rebels - and some wound up in the hands of ISIS terrorists," sought to incrementally spin how ISIS suddenly found itself awash with weapons and in a dominate position among Syria's "opposition" alongside other Al Qaeda affiliates like Al Nusra.

In reality - as journalist like Seymour Hersh warned as early as 2007 in the pages of the New Yorker - US plans from the beginning centered around the arming and unleashing of extremists against Syria and its allies.

What is the Meaning of the Baghdadi Raid?

Thus - at best - a US military operation eliminating the figurehead of ISIS is more akin to liquating one's own assets rather than any sort of "victory." Much more likely still - is that the operation is mere theater - with the US seeking relevance and leverage amid the conflict it itself engineered, triggered, and deliberately perpetuated - but now finds itself being evicted from.

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Brian Joseph Thomas Berletic (A.K.A. Tony Cartalucci) is a Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer.  Tony is a American industrial designer living in Bangkok, Thailand since he left the United States Marine Corps and the US altogether in 2004.

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