posted by Arthur Foxake; from a story leaked by by Nafeez Amhad via Zero Hedge
From the first sudden appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS (or ISIL or IS), which was completely unheard of until about a year ago, on the world's stage where they replaced dear old Al Qaeda (or as former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown used to call them, Alky Ada) as the bogeyman that slaks the western world, it was suggested that the purpose behind the "straight to YouTube" beheading clip that linked ISIS to the House Of Saud (very Game Of Thrones) funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as a vehicle to achieve the political goal of deposing Syria's secular Muslim president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe's dominant - and belligerent - source of energy, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea military build up of 2013, which nearly resulted in quasi-world war.
The Royal Houses of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are Wahabi Muslim, the strictest and most literal interpretation of the Koran, Bashar Al Assad and his regime are Alawites, a fairly liberal (by Muslim standards) and secular branch of Shia Islam.
The narrative and the plotline were so transparent, even Russia saw right through them. Recall from September of last year:
"If the West bombs Islamic State militants in Syria without consulting Damascus, LiveLeak reports that the anti-ISIS alliance may use the occasion to launch airstrikes against President Bashar Assad’s forces, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Clearly comprehending that Obama's new strategy against ISIS in Syria is all about pushing the Qatar pipeline through (as was the impetus behind the 2013 intervention push), Russia is pushing back noting that the it is using ISIS as a pretext for bombing Syrian government forces and warning that "such a development would lead to a huge escalation of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa."
But it's one thing to speculate, providing hard evidence is a different matter.
So while conspiracy theorists brains went into overdrive, positing that just like the CIA-funded al Qaeda had been used as a front by the US to achieve its geopolitical and national goals over the past twenty years, so ISIS was simply Al Qaeda 2.0, there was no actual evidence of just this.
That has all changed now however, because a declassified US government document obtained by the public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, reveals that Western governments deliberately collaborated with Al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups for the purpose of deposing Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.
According to investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed, the "leaked document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf States and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, despite anticipating that doing so could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
According to the newly declassified US document, the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of the strategy, but described this outcome as a strategic opportunity to “isolate the Syrian regime."
And not just that: as we reported last week, now that ISIS is running around the middle east, cutting people's heads of in 1080p quality and Hollywood-quality (perhaps literally) video, the US has a credible justification to sell billions worth of modern, sophisticated weapons in the region in order to "modernize" and "replenish" the weapons of such US allies as Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iraq.
What the Pentagon did not see coming was the obdurate resistance put up by Assad's supporters who are perhaps inspired less by loyalty to their leaders than by fear of the fate that awaits them should the brutal and barbaric Sunni Muslim ISIS militants succeed in gaining power, and also the determination of Russia, china and Iran that their Syrian ally will not fall.
But it should be clear to everyone by now that the US military-industrial complex is a winner every time war breaks out anywhere in the world (usually with the assistance of the CIA) . What wasn't clear is just how the US predetermined the current course of events in the middle east.
Now, thanks to the following declassified report, we have a far better understanding of not only how current events in the middle east came to be, but what America's puppermaster role leading up to it all, was.
From Nafeez Ahmed: Secret Pentagon report reveals West saw ISIS as strategic asset Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad, rollback ‘Shia expansion', originally posted in Medium.