Fox News reported that the intelligence community has been warning the Obama Administration about the growing threat from Sunni militants since January. The Administration was aware of The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s (ISIS) uprising in Iraq. This directly contradicts Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim that nobody expected the routing of Iraqi security forces by Sunni lead ISIS. ISIS was assisted by Iraqi Sunnis, embittered by the loss of power to the Shia majority. It’s very likely this cooperation has allowed the insurgents access to the weapons of mass destruction that the American press claimed to have never existed.
Approximately five months ago, a Kurdish intelligence “asset” informed the Kurdish people that a renegade offshoot of al-Qaeda was working with former Baathists (Sunnis) of the Saddam Hussein regime to launch a major uprising within northern Sunni territories. ISIS was forming alliances with fellow Iraqis to easily capture northern cities. Kurdish intelligence senior lieutenant Rooz Bahjat told The Telegraph they had passed information about ISIS’s grand plan to capture Baghdad to the CIA and MI6.
The Kurds knew the ISIS plan and alerted the west. But frustrated with the lack of resolve on the part of western powers, Bahjat opined “We knew exactly what strategy they were going to use; we knew the military planners. It fell on deaf ears.”
Lahur Talabani, head of Kurdish intelligence bluntly stated “I have completely lost hope in America after listening to President Barack Obama.” He specifically blames Obama for the current situation in Syria and Iraq. He is more aware of Obama’s ineptness than Republicans.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
The leader of ISIS is a brutally effective thug and dictator, the sort that Osama bin Laden could only have dreamed of being. He rose through the ranks to become the senior leader of ISIS. He is the emir of the al-Qaeda offshoot and has the last word on all decisions. ISIS is funded by criminal operations of robbery, extortion, and smuggling, with a small percentage coming from donations from Sunni countries. Al Qaeda leadership has to be jealous of al-Baghdadi, as in field operation he is far more effective than they are. Unless he is stopped soon, this man will be a greater threat to the United States than bin Laden.
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