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The so-called Islamic State organization was primarily a bogeyman encouraged by the western powers. I’ve been saying this for the last four years.

I asserted, as a former soldier and war correspondent, that IS would collapse like a wet paper bag if proper western ground forces attacked their strongholds in Syria and Iraq. This week, the western powers and their local satraps finally took action and stormed the last IS stronghold at Raqqa. To no surprise, IS put up almost no resistance and ran for its miserable life.

The much-dreaded IS was never more than a bunch of young hooligans and religious fanatics who were as militarily effective as the medieval Children’s Crusade.

In the west, IS was blown up by media and governments into a giant monster that was coming to cut the throats of honest folk in the suburbs.

IS did stage some very bloody and grisly attacks – that’s what put it on the map. But none of them posed any mortal threat or really endangered our national security. In fact, the primary target of IS attacks has been Shia Muslims in the Mideast.

Many of the IS attacks in North America and Europe were done by mentally deranged individuals or were initiated by under-cover government provocateurs, such as the 1993 bombing of New York’s World Trade Center. IS was notorious for falsely taking credit for attacks it did not commit.

Other ‘lone wolf’ attacks were made by Mideasterners driven to revenge after watching the destruction by the US and its allies of substantial parts of their region. Think Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, and the murderous brutality of Egypt’s-US backed regime.

IS appears to have been shaped by western intelligence in an effort to duplicate its success with the Afghan mujahidin in the mid 1980’s that helped defeat the Soviet Union. CIA, Pakistani and Saudi intelligence, and Britain’s MI-6 recruited some 100,000 volunteers from across the Muslim world to wage jihad in Afghanistan. I observed this brilliant success first hand from the ranks of the mujahidin.

The western powers, led by the US, sought to emulate this success in Syria by unleashing armies of mercenaries, disaffected, unemployed youth, and religious primitives against the independent-minded regime of President Bashar Assad. The plan nearly worked – at least until Russia, Iran, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement intervened and reversed the tide of battle.

The canard promoted in the west that IS was a dire military threat was always a big joke. I said so on one TV program and was promptly banned from the station. I’m also the miscreant who insisted that Iraq never had weapons of mass destruction and was consequently blacklisted by a major cable TV news network.

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The CIA cobbled together two small armies, one of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, and the other of Iraqi mercenaries. Both were directed, armed, equipped and financed by Washington. Shades of the British Empire’s native troops under white officers. The Kurds and Iraqi Arabs are now in a major confrontation over the Kirkuk oil-rich region.

Raqqa and Mosul were so close to western forces that they were merely a taxi ride away. But it took three years and much token bombing of the desert before a decisive move was made against IS. Once the US-led campaign against Damascus failed, the crazies of IS were no longer of any use so they were marked for death.

Like Fallujah in Iraq and Mosul, Raqqa was flattened by US air power, a stark message to those who would defy the American Raj. The ruins of Raqqa, the IS capital, were occupied by US-led forces. This historic déjà vu recalled the dramatic defeat by British Imperial forces at Omdurman in September 1898 of Sudan’s Khalifa and his Islamic dervish army.

The remnants of IS had melted into the Euphrates Valley and the desert. They will now return to being an irksome guerilla group with very little combat power. Anti-western IS supporters still cluster in Europe’s urban ghettos and will cause occasional mayhem. A few high-profile attacks on civilians may be expected to show that IS is still alive. But none of this is likely to influence the course of events. IS’s rival, al-Qaida, is likely to resurface and lead attacks to drive the west out of the Mideast.

The Islamic State bogeyman was very useful for the western powers. It justified deeper military involvement in the Mideast, higher arms budgets, scared people into voting for rightwing parties, and gave police more powers. By contrast, these faux Muslims brought misery, fear and shame on the Islamic world. We are very well rid of them. And it’s about time.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. ISIS is not comprised of “faux Muslims,” they are following the example of Mohamed in the Quran and Hadith to the letter of the law. They follow strict sharia law. I’m tired of this “they aren’t true Muslims” garbage. How many times must a Muslim terrorist yell “Allahu akbar!” before we call a spade a spade? Islam is not a peaceful religion.

    I understand the trepidation about more troops in the Middle East, but think about the alternative. Assume Obama and Trump did absolutely nothing to stop ISIS from rampaging across Iraq and Syria; would the world be safer with 60,000 extra ISIS fighters around and Baghdad captured? The only thing that halted them was US air-power. I would only agree that it would be fine to ignore them if we changed our immigration policy and banned all travel from Middle Eastern countries. Otherwise, it would be better not to have tens of thousands of them roaming around unhindered.

    Also, to combat your “faux Muslims” point, the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has a PHD in Sharia Law from the university from Baghdad. You think he’s not a true Muslim and doesn’t know what he’s talking about? Who do you believe knows more about Islam, someone who has a PHD in sharia law in the original language of the text, or Theresa May, Angela Merkel, and Emmanuel Macron. It’s funny how naive, western European leaders claim to know more about Islam than Muslims who’ve memorized the Quran and murder in it’s name.

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    • Replies: @anon
    Who cares if Abu Bakr were a true muslim ! Just like here in US who cares if Evangelicals are true Christians ? I still don't care if Hitler or Mussolini were true or not so true Christians. I really don't care those who listened to the murderous propaganda of Bush jr a devout Christian and joined hands with him in massacring muslims, were true bible thumping or bible non thumping Christians.

    You shouldn't care either.

    Like IS ,the Evange;cals are powerless. They are showcased in the desert's sands or on the FOX podium.

    I don't care what part of the Bible they follow or what part of the Bible is followed by Boykin . Who cares about immigration ? I don't .
    I didn't care about forcible removal of millions from their homes by US -UK . What was that authority derived from again ? Was it in Bible or in AUMF or something like a combination that conveyed the message to the cave dwellers of Somalia Libya Syria Iraq and Afghanistan that time was up and they should get the hell out of the way of the Evangelical marches .
    , @Max Payne

    Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has a PHD in Sharia Law from the university from Baghdad.
     
    Sheesh it's not like it's from the King Saud University or somewhere reputable....

    The university of Baghdad is like the Trump university of international Islamic jihad studies. We all know King Saud is where it's at.

    Come on man....
    , @MEexpert
    I keep asking this question; indeed why are you here? But I don't get an answer. You are regurgitating the Zionist agenda.

    How many times must a Muslim terrorist yell “Allahu akbar!” before we call a spade a spade? Islam is not a peaceful religion.
     
    So if a non-Muslim does the same while shouting "Allahu Akbar" he is not a terrorist because he is not a Muslim. Is this your logic?

    ISIS is not comprised of “faux Muslims,” they are following the example of Mohamed in the Quran and Hadith to the letter of the law.
     
    And where did you get your Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and become an authority to know what is the example of Muhammad in Quran and Hadith? Was it the University of Tel Aviv? For your information, all religions have a version of "Allahu Akbar" in their own languages. "God is Great" means the same thing that you hear in Christian rallies but you wouldn't know that either.
    , @mr meener
    you are an idiot and puking out Israeli propaganda. ISIS is israels private army who ONLY attacked talmudias enemies NEVER attacked israel even verbally
    , @druid
    You are very ignorant about Islam, bud!!!!
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  2. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @whyamihere
    ISIS is not comprised of "faux Muslims," they are following the example of Mohamed in the Quran and Hadith to the letter of the law. They follow strict sharia law. I'm tired of this "they aren't true Muslims" garbage. How many times must a Muslim terrorist yell "Allahu akbar!" before we call a spade a spade? Islam is not a peaceful religion.

    I understand the trepidation about more troops in the Middle East, but think about the alternative. Assume Obama and Trump did absolutely nothing to stop ISIS from rampaging across Iraq and Syria; would the world be safer with 60,000 extra ISIS fighters around and Baghdad captured? The only thing that halted them was US air-power. I would only agree that it would be fine to ignore them if we changed our immigration policy and banned all travel from Middle Eastern countries. Otherwise, it would be better not to have tens of thousands of them roaming around unhindered.

    Also, to combat your "faux Muslims" point, the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has a PHD in Sharia Law from the university from Baghdad. You think he's not a true Muslim and doesn't know what he's talking about? Who do you believe knows more about Islam, someone who has a PHD in sharia law in the original language of the text, or Theresa May, Angela Merkel, and Emmanuel Macron. It's funny how naive, western European leaders claim to know more about Islam than Muslims who've memorized the Quran and murder in it's name.

    Who cares if Abu Bakr were a true muslim ! Just like here in US who cares if Evangelicals are true Christians ? I still don’t care if Hitler or Mussolini were true or not so true Christians. I really don’t care those who listened to the murderous propaganda of Bush jr a devout Christian and joined hands with him in massacring muslims, were true bible thumping or bible non thumping Christians.

    You shouldn’t care either.

    Like IS ,the Evange;cals are powerless. They are showcased in the desert’s sands or on the FOX podium.

    I don’t care what part of the Bible they follow or what part of the Bible is followed by Boykin . Who cares about immigration ? I don’t .
    I didn’t care about forcible removal of millions from their homes by US -UK . What was that authority derived from again ? Was it in Bible or in AUMF or something like a combination that conveyed the message to the cave dwellers of Somalia Libya Syria Iraq and Afghanistan that time was up and they should get the hell out of the way of the Evangelical marches .

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    • Replies: @Issac
    If Islam got half the criticism evangelicals enjoy in their own countries, there wouldn't be any Muslims left to complain about the crusades.
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  3. Max Payne says:
    @whyamihere
    ISIS is not comprised of "faux Muslims," they are following the example of Mohamed in the Quran and Hadith to the letter of the law. They follow strict sharia law. I'm tired of this "they aren't true Muslims" garbage. How many times must a Muslim terrorist yell "Allahu akbar!" before we call a spade a spade? Islam is not a peaceful religion.

    I understand the trepidation about more troops in the Middle East, but think about the alternative. Assume Obama and Trump did absolutely nothing to stop ISIS from rampaging across Iraq and Syria; would the world be safer with 60,000 extra ISIS fighters around and Baghdad captured? The only thing that halted them was US air-power. I would only agree that it would be fine to ignore them if we changed our immigration policy and banned all travel from Middle Eastern countries. Otherwise, it would be better not to have tens of thousands of them roaming around unhindered.

    Also, to combat your "faux Muslims" point, the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has a PHD in Sharia Law from the university from Baghdad. You think he's not a true Muslim and doesn't know what he's talking about? Who do you believe knows more about Islam, someone who has a PHD in sharia law in the original language of the text, or Theresa May, Angela Merkel, and Emmanuel Macron. It's funny how naive, western European leaders claim to know more about Islam than Muslims who've memorized the Quran and murder in it's name.

    Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has a PHD in Sharia Law from the university from Baghdad.

    Sheesh it’s not like it’s from the King Saud University or somewhere reputable….

    The university of Baghdad is like the Trump university of international Islamic jihad studies. We all know King Saud is where it’s at.

    Come on man….

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    The university of Baghdad is like the Trump university of international Islamic jihad studies. We all know King Saud is where it’s at.
     
    How much did you get paid by Saudis to say this? You have no idea about either of the two Universities.
    , @Drac
    This dismissive way of thinking is what led America into Iraq. ..saddam can be killed and all will be well..after all he's an Iraqi. ..surely the good lord who never shows favoritism will look on his death at our insistence as a "favor"...after all he's from Baghdad...only ppl born in Memphis count.

    Time reveals pretty much everyone to be a bigot subconsciously or not.

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  4. Virgile says:

    Whahhabi IS lost because Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi stopped financing them for fear of been exposed by Qatar that has been financing Al Nusra and its moslem brotherhood ideology.
    Without sponsors ISIS cannot survive as a military entity.

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  5. Issac says:
    @anon
    Who cares if Abu Bakr were a true muslim ! Just like here in US who cares if Evangelicals are true Christians ? I still don't care if Hitler or Mussolini were true or not so true Christians. I really don't care those who listened to the murderous propaganda of Bush jr a devout Christian and joined hands with him in massacring muslims, were true bible thumping or bible non thumping Christians.

    You shouldn't care either.

    Like IS ,the Evange;cals are powerless. They are showcased in the desert's sands or on the FOX podium.

    I don't care what part of the Bible they follow or what part of the Bible is followed by Boykin . Who cares about immigration ? I don't .
    I didn't care about forcible removal of millions from their homes by US -UK . What was that authority derived from again ? Was it in Bible or in AUMF or something like a combination that conveyed the message to the cave dwellers of Somalia Libya Syria Iraq and Afghanistan that time was up and they should get the hell out of the way of the Evangelical marches .

    If Islam got half the criticism evangelicals enjoy in their own countries, there wouldn’t be any Muslims left to complain about the crusades.

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    • Replies: @anon
    That is why they ( Islamist ) dont win election in Pakistan ,in Bangladesh, in Indonesia in Syria in Iraq .
    But the extreme right wings keep on winning election in US Hungary Poland and tends to win in Germany France The rightwingers shape their arguments in terms of race and past and values which are not far from the surface of an engrossing religious book.
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  6. MEexpert says:
    @Max Payne

    Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has a PHD in Sharia Law from the university from Baghdad.
     
    Sheesh it's not like it's from the King Saud University or somewhere reputable....

    The university of Baghdad is like the Trump university of international Islamic jihad studies. We all know King Saud is where it's at.

    Come on man....

    The university of Baghdad is like the Trump university of international Islamic jihad studies. We all know King Saud is where it’s at.

    How much did you get paid by Saudis to say this? You have no idea about either of the two Universities.

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  7. MEexpert says:
    @whyamihere
    ISIS is not comprised of "faux Muslims," they are following the example of Mohamed in the Quran and Hadith to the letter of the law. They follow strict sharia law. I'm tired of this "they aren't true Muslims" garbage. How many times must a Muslim terrorist yell "Allahu akbar!" before we call a spade a spade? Islam is not a peaceful religion.

    I understand the trepidation about more troops in the Middle East, but think about the alternative. Assume Obama and Trump did absolutely nothing to stop ISIS from rampaging across Iraq and Syria; would the world be safer with 60,000 extra ISIS fighters around and Baghdad captured? The only thing that halted them was US air-power. I would only agree that it would be fine to ignore them if we changed our immigration policy and banned all travel from Middle Eastern countries. Otherwise, it would be better not to have tens of thousands of them roaming around unhindered.

    Also, to combat your "faux Muslims" point, the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has a PHD in Sharia Law from the university from Baghdad. You think he's not a true Muslim and doesn't know what he's talking about? Who do you believe knows more about Islam, someone who has a PHD in sharia law in the original language of the text, or Theresa May, Angela Merkel, and Emmanuel Macron. It's funny how naive, western European leaders claim to know more about Islam than Muslims who've memorized the Quran and murder in it's name.

    I keep asking this question; indeed why are you here? But I don’t get an answer. You are regurgitating the Zionist agenda.

    How many times must a Muslim terrorist yell “Allahu akbar!” before we call a spade a spade? Islam is not a peaceful religion.

    So if a non-Muslim does the same while shouting “Allahu Akbar” he is not a terrorist because he is not a Muslim. Is this your logic?

    ISIS is not comprised of “faux Muslims,” they are following the example of Mohamed in the Quran and Hadith to the letter of the law.

    And where did you get your Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and become an authority to know what is the example of Muhammad in Quran and Hadith? Was it the University of Tel Aviv? For your information, all religions have a version of “Allahu Akbar” in their own languages. “God is Great” means the same thing that you hear in Christian rallies but you wouldn’t know that either.

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  8. MEexpert says:

    The so-called Islamic State organization was primarily a bogeyman encouraged by the western powers. I’ve been saying this for the last four years.

    I have been saying this for longer than that. Al-Qaeda was also US/CIA creation. It was so obvious that these guys were well trained and well equiped, when they rolled into Fallujah and Mosul in their new Toyotas and Humvees. But the MSM never questioned about it, instead they made them into a monster that US can use to control its population.

    IS did stage some very bloody and grisly attacks – that’s what put it on the map. But none of them posed any mortal threat or really endangered our national security. In fact, the primary target of IS attacks has been Shia Muslims in the Mideast.

    I wrote an article about it four years ago that I titled “Global War on Shias” but neither Antiwar.com nor Counterpunch.org would publish it. Everything I wrote in it has been published piece by piece in various publications (internet or paper). Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi from the beginning of their campaign said that they are after Shias. They wanted to go back to the 7th century Islam pushed by their Zionist masters.

    In a way they did that. They defied and ignored every tenet of Islam and the teachings of Qur’an just as Muawiyah ibn Abu Sufian and his son Yazeed ibn Muawiyah did in that period. In his first three years of rule, Yazeed ibn Muawiyah slaughtered the Grandson of the Prophet and his followers in the city of Karbala. The following year he invaded the Holy city of Medinah, killed thousands of men, raped their women, and desecrated the Prophet’s mosque by turning into a stable for his horses and in the third year he invaded and burned the House of God in Mekkah, the holy Kaabah. They also wanted to destroy the Shia shrines in the holy cities of Karbala and Najf.

    Al-Qaedah, Taliban and the ISIS and the other splinter groups, such as Al-Nusra front have done exactly that. None of these groups have fought for any of the Muslim causes. They have ignored the main issue that Osama bin Laden said drove him to this so-called “Jihad”, i,e, the Palestinian issue. They were fully backed by the US and Israel. Both Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and even Ayman Al-Zawahiri have said that it is better to kill one Shia than kill ten Jews. They have carried their reign of terror against Shias in almost every Muslim country.

    Just look at all the wars in the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen). They are all against Shias

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  9. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Issac
    If Islam got half the criticism evangelicals enjoy in their own countries, there wouldn't be any Muslims left to complain about the crusades.

    That is why they ( Islamist ) dont win election in Pakistan ,in Bangladesh, in Indonesia in Syria in Iraq .
    But the extreme right wings keep on winning election in US Hungary Poland and tends to win in Germany France The rightwingers shape their arguments in terms of race and past and values which are not far from the surface of an engrossing religious book.

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    • Replies: @Disordered
    Except the religious and racialist sections of the European right have toned down their discourse from pre-1945 standards. Plus, you do not see nearly as many Christian/fascist far-right terrorists committing grand acts of mass murder, as you would imply there would be if they were just as bad if not worse as the Muslim ones (not yet at least, and hopefully not any time soon).

    Plus, Islamists do not need to win elections in those countries, as the ideology permeates the culture a lot. Thus the need for many of those countries to resort to dictatorships to preserve their somewhat secular governments, and/or alliance/submission to Western powers.

    That said, there are sometimes spikes in the tendency to just want to glaze the Middle East with bombs. Specially in those most affected by the death of the imperial Pax Americana in the pyre of 9/11. However, after years of nonsensical fighting against the idiotic construct of the "faceless enemy", most of us just wanna pack up and leave the damned place.
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  10. L.K says:

    E. Margolis: “The so-called Islamic State organization was primarily a bogeyman encouraged by the western powers. I’ve been saying this for the last four years.”

    True. The same for the Nusra front & other mercenary/Salafi groups.

    E. Margolis: “I asserted, as a former soldier and war correspondent, that IS would collapse like a wet paper bag if proper western ground forces attacked their strongholds in Syria and Iraq. This week, the western powers and their local satraps finally took action and stormed the last IS stronghold at Raqqa. To no surprise, IS put up almost no resistance and ran for its miserable life.”

    This part is nonsense. IS was quite stronger than the insurgents the ZUSA faced in post 2003 Iraq, yet it took it several years, tens of thousands of casualties, gazillions of dollars, including the $ to bribe the insurgents and ‘win’ the war, sort of…

    In Iraq, IS woulda advanced much further, possibly even taking the capital, if it were not for IRAN.
    MoA: ” Iran with its Revolutionary Guards jumped in and hastily trained and equipped volunteers into Popular Mobilization Units.”

    It was the PMUs that pushed IS back, preventing a collapse, not the ZUSA trained Iraqi army… nor the kurds. The Peshmerga suffered defeats too, this was even in some major msm outlets…
    The PMUs helped them as well.
    Nor was anything ‘easy’. The battle of Mosul lasted for over 9 months & ISIS inflicted heavy casualties.

    In Syria, the people who have been doing the heavy lifting against ISIS, Nusra and others have been the Syrian military backed by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

    The US Kurd proxy forces had no easy time in Raqqa, the battle lasted for over 4 months, so ISIS did not run. It would have been much worse if ISIS had not kept diverting troops and heavy weapons to fight the Syrian army in other fronts, notably but not exclusively, at Deir Ezzor, which they were still trying to capture despite their so called capital being under attack.

    In other areas , enough evidence has surfaced showing US-Kurd-Isis collusion, as in ISIS allowing US-kurdish proxy forces to take Syrian oil fields while always putting up a fight against the SAA.

    ZUSA is trying to steal credit for victory over ISIS when it deserves NONE.

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    It was Grand Ayatullah Syed Ali AL-Sistani's fatwa that mobilized the volunteer army, (PMU) as you call it. Once they were trained by the Iran's Revolutionary Guards they were a formidable force. Reminds me of the Viet Cong. Just like the VCs these volunteers were fighting for a cause, to defend their country against the foreign invaders. ISIS was fighting for the money. That is why the US wants those volunteers to "leave Iraq" as Tillerson put it. He doesn't know that all those volunteers were mostly Iraqis.

    ZUSA is trying to steal credit for victory over ISIS when it deserves NONE.
     
    Couldn't agree more except that the collusion was between US-Kurds-Israel and ISIS, just as it is in Syria.

    ZUSA's goal now is to have a Kurdish mini state in Syria after failing to get the same in Iraq. They want a base near Iran to launch any possible future attack on that country.
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  11. MEexpert says:
    @L.K
    E. Margolis: "The so-called Islamic State organization was primarily a bogeyman encouraged by the western powers. I’ve been saying this for the last four years."

    True. The same for the Nusra front & other mercenary/Salafi groups.

    E. Margolis: "I asserted, as a former soldier and war correspondent, that IS would collapse like a wet paper bag if proper western ground forces attacked their strongholds in Syria and Iraq. This week, the western powers and their local satraps finally took action and stormed the last IS stronghold at Raqqa. To no surprise, IS put up almost no resistance and ran for its miserable life."

    This part is nonsense. IS was quite stronger than the insurgents the ZUSA faced in post 2003 Iraq, yet it took it several years, tens of thousands of casualties, gazillions of dollars, including the $ to bribe the insurgents and 'win' the war, sort of...

    In Iraq, IS woulda advanced much further, possibly even taking the capital, if it were not for IRAN.
    MoA: " Iran with its Revolutionary Guards jumped in and hastily trained and equipped volunteers into Popular Mobilization Units."

    It was the PMUs that pushed IS back, preventing a collapse, not the ZUSA trained Iraqi army... nor the kurds. The Peshmerga suffered defeats too, this was even in some major msm outlets...
    The PMUs helped them as well.
    Nor was anything 'easy'. The battle of Mosul lasted for over 9 months & ISIS inflicted heavy casualties.

    In Syria, the people who have been doing the heavy lifting against ISIS, Nusra and others have been the Syrian military backed by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

    The US Kurd proxy forces had no easy time in Raqqa, the battle lasted for over 4 months, so ISIS did not run. It would have been much worse if ISIS had not kept diverting troops and heavy weapons to fight the Syrian army in other fronts, notably but not exclusively, at Deir Ezzor, which they were still trying to capture despite their so called capital being under attack.

    In other areas , enough evidence has surfaced showing US-Kurd-Isis collusion, as in ISIS allowing US-kurdish proxy forces to take Syrian oil fields while always putting up a fight against the SAA.

    ZUSA is trying to steal credit for victory over ISIS when it deserves NONE.

    It was Grand Ayatullah Syed Ali AL-Sistani’s fatwa that mobilized the volunteer army, (PMU) as you call it. Once they were trained by the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards they were a formidable force. Reminds me of the Viet Cong. Just like the VCs these volunteers were fighting for a cause, to defend their country against the foreign invaders. ISIS was fighting for the money. That is why the US wants those volunteers to “leave Iraq” as Tillerson put it. He doesn’t know that all those volunteers were mostly Iraqis.

    ZUSA is trying to steal credit for victory over ISIS when it deserves NONE.

    Couldn’t agree more except that the collusion was between US-Kurds-Israel and ISIS, just as it is in Syria.

    ZUSA’s goal now is to have a Kurdish mini state in Syria after failing to get the same in Iraq. They want a base near Iran to launch any possible future attack on that country.

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  12. “scared people into voting for rightwing parties”

    I’m sure the Powers That Be were desperate for people to vote for anti-globalist right-wing parties like Front National, Trump, UKIP, AfD et al… LOL

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  13. Drac says:
    @Max Payne

    Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has a PHD in Sharia Law from the university from Baghdad.
     
    Sheesh it's not like it's from the King Saud University or somewhere reputable....

    The university of Baghdad is like the Trump university of international Islamic jihad studies. We all know King Saud is where it's at.

    Come on man....

    This dismissive way of thinking is what led America into Iraq. ..saddam can be killed and all will be well..after all he’s an Iraqi. ..surely the good lord who never shows favoritism will look on his death at our insistence as a “favor”…after all he’s from Baghdad…only ppl born in Memphis count.

    Time reveals pretty much everyone to be a bigot subconsciously or not.

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    • Replies: @Disordered
    I believe he was being sarcastic
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  14. Ernie says:

    Great article .. but ISIS became an actual threat to western imperalism when they went off script and declared a caliphate. Their seizing of the Sunni triangle was not trivial.

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    I agree that IS became a more serious threat than expected - however, it only did because they, just like the mujahideen of the past, were roided up by the West (including Israel) and the Sunni Gulf States to become their proxy fighter. And just like we had to put down the Taliban (somewhat), we just have put down IS... somewhat. Because I doubt there won't be a Sunni group to take its place soon, even if relatively lesser in scope.

    As idiotic as Obama's middle ground solutions concerning Syria (red line that did not happen that let Russia and friends take over the war and making waste of dollars and lives spent already) and Iraq (let Iran overtake it for us and screw the Sunnis and Kurds), it can't be said that he did not try to get off appeasing only Israel and the Sauds and Qataris. The problem is, he added more brawlers into the fight, making it inevitably messier. Now Trump seems to appease his in-laws by painting Iran as the next big fear... again; and the Sauds are again in the US good graces (the latter appeased to the point of allowing women to drive - they might have just entered the 20th century, finally). Hopefully this, as his other chest-beatings, is a persuasive tactic and not much more. Specially considering the semi-detente with Russia on this topic (not only allied to Iran and Syria, but cozy with Turkey and Israel due to their strongmen bonding)...
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  15. mr meener says:
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    ISIS is not comprised of "faux Muslims," they are following the example of Mohamed in the Quran and Hadith to the letter of the law. They follow strict sharia law. I'm tired of this "they aren't true Muslims" garbage. How many times must a Muslim terrorist yell "Allahu akbar!" before we call a spade a spade? Islam is not a peaceful religion.

    I understand the trepidation about more troops in the Middle East, but think about the alternative. Assume Obama and Trump did absolutely nothing to stop ISIS from rampaging across Iraq and Syria; would the world be safer with 60,000 extra ISIS fighters around and Baghdad captured? The only thing that halted them was US air-power. I would only agree that it would be fine to ignore them if we changed our immigration policy and banned all travel from Middle Eastern countries. Otherwise, it would be better not to have tens of thousands of them roaming around unhindered.

    Also, to combat your "faux Muslims" point, the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has a PHD in Sharia Law from the university from Baghdad. You think he's not a true Muslim and doesn't know what he's talking about? Who do you believe knows more about Islam, someone who has a PHD in sharia law in the original language of the text, or Theresa May, Angela Merkel, and Emmanuel Macron. It's funny how naive, western European leaders claim to know more about Islam than Muslims who've memorized the Quran and murder in it's name.

    you are an idiot and puking out Israeli propaganda. ISIS is israels private army who ONLY attacked talmudias enemies NEVER attacked israel even verbally

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  16. druid says:
    @whyamihere
    ISIS is not comprised of "faux Muslims," they are following the example of Mohamed in the Quran and Hadith to the letter of the law. They follow strict sharia law. I'm tired of this "they aren't true Muslims" garbage. How many times must a Muslim terrorist yell "Allahu akbar!" before we call a spade a spade? Islam is not a peaceful religion.

    I understand the trepidation about more troops in the Middle East, but think about the alternative. Assume Obama and Trump did absolutely nothing to stop ISIS from rampaging across Iraq and Syria; would the world be safer with 60,000 extra ISIS fighters around and Baghdad captured? The only thing that halted them was US air-power. I would only agree that it would be fine to ignore them if we changed our immigration policy and banned all travel from Middle Eastern countries. Otherwise, it would be better not to have tens of thousands of them roaming around unhindered.

    Also, to combat your "faux Muslims" point, the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has a PHD in Sharia Law from the university from Baghdad. You think he's not a true Muslim and doesn't know what he's talking about? Who do you believe knows more about Islam, someone who has a PHD in sharia law in the original language of the text, or Theresa May, Angela Merkel, and Emmanuel Macron. It's funny how naive, western European leaders claim to know more about Islam than Muslims who've memorized the Quran and murder in it's name.

    You are very ignorant about Islam, bud!!!!

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  17. @anon
    That is why they ( Islamist ) dont win election in Pakistan ,in Bangladesh, in Indonesia in Syria in Iraq .
    But the extreme right wings keep on winning election in US Hungary Poland and tends to win in Germany France The rightwingers shape their arguments in terms of race and past and values which are not far from the surface of an engrossing religious book.

    Except the religious and racialist sections of the European right have toned down their discourse from pre-1945 standards. Plus, you do not see nearly as many Christian/fascist far-right terrorists committing grand acts of mass murder, as you would imply there would be if they were just as bad if not worse as the Muslim ones (not yet at least, and hopefully not any time soon).

    Plus, Islamists do not need to win elections in those countries, as the ideology permeates the culture a lot. Thus the need for many of those countries to resort to dictatorships to preserve their somewhat secular governments, and/or alliance/submission to Western powers.

    That said, there are sometimes spikes in the tendency to just want to glaze the Middle East with bombs. Specially in those most affected by the death of the imperial Pax Americana in the pyre of 9/11. However, after years of nonsensical fighting against the idiotic construct of the “faceless enemy”, most of us just wanna pack up and leave the damned place.

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  18. @Drac
    This dismissive way of thinking is what led America into Iraq. ..saddam can be killed and all will be well..after all he's an Iraqi. ..surely the good lord who never shows favoritism will look on his death at our insistence as a "favor"...after all he's from Baghdad...only ppl born in Memphis count.

    Time reveals pretty much everyone to be a bigot subconsciously or not.

    I believe he was being sarcastic

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  19. @Ernie
    Great article .. but ISIS became an actual threat to western imperalism when they went off script and declared a caliphate. Their seizing of the Sunni triangle was not trivial.

    I agree that IS became a more serious threat than expected – however, it only did because they, just like the mujahideen of the past, were roided up by the West (including Israel) and the Sunni Gulf States to become their proxy fighter. And just like we had to put down the Taliban (somewhat), we just have put down IS… somewhat. Because I doubt there won’t be a Sunni group to take its place soon, even if relatively lesser in scope.

    As idiotic as Obama’s middle ground solutions concerning Syria (red line that did not happen that let Russia and friends take over the war and making waste of dollars and lives spent already) and Iraq (let Iran overtake it for us and screw the Sunnis and Kurds), it can’t be said that he did not try to get off appeasing only Israel and the Sauds and Qataris. The problem is, he added more brawlers into the fight, making it inevitably messier. Now Trump seems to appease his in-laws by painting Iran as the next big fear… again; and the Sauds are again in the US good graces (the latter appeased to the point of allowing women to drive – they might have just entered the 20th century, finally). Hopefully this, as his other chest-beatings, is a persuasive tactic and not much more. Specially considering the semi-detente with Russia on this topic (not only allied to Iran and Syria, but cozy with Turkey and Israel due to their strongmen bonding)…

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