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NY Times Suggests C.I.A. Helped Create Islamic State

Picture courtesy of @Arhsx on Twitter
Picture courtesy of @Arhsx on Twitter

Here’s a New York Times article, “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A..“, published right as the U.S. and Saudi Arabian governments were leading the charge to topple Bashar Al Assad in Syria. Everybody knows that the American/Saudi tag-team is more concerned with Iran than any other player in the region. Assad is a symptom of their larger problem, hence why they were both willing to support some mad men in order to achieve their goals.

Are the “opposition fighters” discussed in the New York Times article Islamic State members? There’s a good chance considering that the Saudis were leading the charge.

With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.
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The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.

From offices at secret locations, American intelligence officers have helped the Arab governments shop for weapons, including a large procurement from Croatia, and have vetted rebel commanders and groups to determine who should receive the weapons as they arrive, according to American officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. The C.I.A. declined to comment on the shipments or its role in them.

According to the New York Times, the C.I.A., Saudi, and Turkish governments knowingly backed so-called “Islamist” fighters. The authors of the article interviewed a few fighters:

“The outside countries give us weapons and bullets little by little,” said Abdel Rahman Ayachi, a commander in Soquor al-Sham, an Islamist fighting group in northern Syria.

He made a gesture as if switching on and off a tap. “They open and they close the way to the bullets like water,” he said.

Two other commanders, Hassan Aboud of Soquor al-Sham and Abu Ayman of Ahrar al-Sham, another Islamist group, said that whoever was vetting which groups receive the weapons was doing an inadequate job.

“There are fake Free Syrian Army brigades claiming to be revolutionaries, and when they get the weapons they sell them in trade,” Mr. Aboud said.

The U.S. knowingly backed “radical Muslims.” Appears so. It also appears that the U.S. government and C.I.A. worked in cahootz with the Turkish and Quwait governments to help ship supplies to these rebels:

On a string of nights from April 26 through May 4, a Qatari Air Force C-17 — a huge American-made cargo plane — made six landings in Turkey, at Esenboga Airport. By Aug. 8 the Qataris had made 14 more cargo flights. All came from Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, a hub for American military logistics in the Middle East.

Qatar has denied providing any arms to the rebels. A Qatari official, who requested anonymity, said Qatar has shipped in only what he called nonlethal aid. He declined to answer further questions. It is not clear whether Qatar has purchased and supplied the arms alone or is also providing air transportation service for other donors. But American and other Western officials, and rebel commanders, have said Qatar has been an active arms supplier — so much so that the United States became concerned about some of the Islamist groups that Qatar has armed.

There is so much information available which links the C.I.A. to the creation of the Islamic State. You have to search a bit and be careful with what you read. Not all of the rumors are based in sound analysis. You won’t find the C.I.A. – Islamic State links on mainstream media outlets such as CNN or BBC. These outlets are propaganda sites for the U.S. and U.K. governments.

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