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ISIL an ‘Outgrowth of US Policy’

The United States’ policy of funding and training the “armed insurrection” in Syria, coupled with the backing of its allies, has led to the rise of the ISIL terrorist group, an American analyst says.

Clearly the growth of ISIL, or ISIS, is the result of NATO countries supporting the insurgency in Syria to overthrow of the government of President Bashar al-Assad, James Petras, author and Professor (emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York, said in a phone interview on Monday.

“In the first instance, the US channeled arms and financial support to the armed invaders of Syria” he said. “Much of these arms and funding eventually found its way into the hands of ISIS either directly or indirectly.”

Petras explained that many of the ISIL terrorists, wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria today, were originally engaged in the US-backed armed opposition to President Assad.

Secondly, the analyst attributed much of the ISIL’s military advance in northern and western Iraq to its seizure of “enormous stores” of US arms left behind after the war in Iraq.

“Thirdly, the Turkish government has trained and facilitated the entry into Syria of many of the ISIS fighters over the previous two years,” he said.

“Fourthly, we know that Saudi Arabia had close working relationship, and probably still does, providing financial aid to these terrorists.”

The analyst pointed out that the US has never raised any serious question about its regional allies’ relationship with ISIL, making it easier for the terrorist group to flourish.

“So it’s clear ISIS is an outgrowth of US policy,” Petras concluded.


ISIL is West Plot to Create Greater Israel

The ISIL terrorist group is an “operation by the West to create the greater Israel,” American author James Henry Fetzer in Oregon says.

Fetzer said public statements from senior US officials about the scope of the threat posed by the group are “completely contradictory.”

“The situation with regard to ISIS from the point of view of leading military and intelligence officials in the United States has become completely contradictory,” he said.

The Veterans Today editor made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Monday after he was asked about General Martin Dempsey’s recent statement that he would not recommend US airstrikes against the terrorist group within Syria after having raised the specter of such military action.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaking onboard a military plane en route to Afghanistan on Sunday, said ISIL was not currently plotting attacks against the United States or Europe.

Dempsey added that he would not recommend expanding military action against ISIL from Iraq into Syria until he determines that the terrorist group has become a direct threat to the US homeland.

The top US general said the extremist group is more of a regional threat despite its repeated threats against Western interests. Just last week, Dempsey had warned that the group’s threat needed to be addressed in both Iraq and Syria.

Fetzer suggested that Dempsey might have changed his mind about striking the militants in Syria after he “may have been advised that ISIS is an operation by the West where some have suggested its intent is even to create the greater Israel on behalf of the Zionist movement which has tremendous influence in the United States.”

Some analysts believe the savage group is part of a US neoconservative and Israeli agenda to pre-occupy Muslims and Arabs with fighting and squabbling amongst themselves.

ISIS, also known as ISIL or IS, controls large parts of Syria’s northern territory. The savage group sent its fighters into neighboring Iraq in June, quickly seizing large swaths of territory straddling the border between the two countries.

Press TV