US helped train ISIS fighters
by Ground Report | October 21, 2014
I received the following letter from Senator John McCain today.
It reads as follows:
October 20, 2014
Mr. Robert Tilford
(Deleted for privacy concerns)
Dear Mr. Tilford:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the ongoing situation in Iraq and conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
Iraq has consistently devolved into a safe haven for terrorists since President Obama made the decision to withdraw all of our troops without any residual presence of U.S. forces in 2011. The President’s mishandling of Iraq for the past five years, and his consistent inaction on Syria, have now brought us to the edge of disaster: ISIS – a more ambitious, more violent, and more radical offshoot of Al-Qaeda – has now taken over a large territory in Iraq and Syria. It is the largest terrorist safe haven in history. ISIS’s offensive is now reigniting sectarian conflict in Iraq and threatening to erase the gains that nearly 4,500 brave young Americans gave their lives to secure – and that were largely secure when the President took office in January 2009.
In 2011, our senior military leaders and commanders on the ground believed that keeping aresidual U.S. force in Iraq was critical to our national security interests. Even many seniorObama Administration officials, such as former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, agreed. Aresidual U.S. troop presence could have assisted Iraqi forces in their continued fight against Al Qaeda. It could have provided a platform for greater diplomatic engagement and intelligence cooperation with our Iraqi partners. And it could have made Iranian leaders think twice about using Iraqi airspace to transit military assistance to Assad and his forces in Syria. Unfortunately we don’t have the luxury of being able to alter history, but it’s not too late to influence events.
On September 10, 2014, the President announced a new U.S. military strategy in response to the threat from ISIS. This includes conducting air strikes against ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria, providing approximately 1,600 U.S. military personnel to assist the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and our Kurdish partners in combating this threat, and training and arming vetted, moderate Syrian opposition forces.
Although I called on President Obama to take all of these actions sooner, I support them now as a necessary starting point. Unfortunately, his delay has allowed the threat we face from ISIS to get dramatically worse. While our current actions can degrade ISIS over time, I do not think they are capable of achieving the President’s goal of destroying ISIS, as we must. To do so, more must be done. Most importantly, we must recognize the reality that we cannot defeat ISIS without achieving the President’s other goal: forcing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave power and creating conditions on the ground for a negotiated end of the conflict and a political transition in Syria. Assad’s barbaric war on the Syrian people has created the conditions for ISIS to grow and gain strength for years, and this will continue as long as he remains in power.
Again, thank you for writing to me on this very important and dynamic issue. I am passionate about this issue and take my positions and responsibilities very seriously. I thank you for your input, respect your stance, and will keep your concerns in mind as we move forward.
United States Senator
Note: US helped train ISIS fighters
See video: US was responsible for training ISIS in Jordan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuo7-U7mOo
Rand Paul: Obama’s plans means siding with Islamic terrorists http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xjc-ToK7AQ
See video: US funding terrorists in Syria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3wunzGveRM
See video: US funding terrorists organizations in Syria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbIRGbeipbw
ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands
In a new video, ISIS shows American-made weapons it says were intended for the Kurds but actually were air dropped into territory they control.
At least one bundle of U.S. weapons airdropped in Syria appears to have fallen into the hands of ISIS, a dangerous misfire in the American mission to speed aid to Kurdish forces making their stand in Kobani.
An ISIS-associated YouTube account posted a new video online Tuesday entitled, “Weapons and munitions dropped by American planes and landed in the areas controlled by the Islamic State in Kobani.” The video was also posted on the Twitter account of “a3maq news,” which acts as an unofficial media arm of ISIS. The outfit has previously posted videos of ISIS fighters firing American made Howitzer cannons and seizing marijuana fields in Syria.
ISIS had broadly advertised its acquisition of a broad range of U.S.-made weapons during its rampage across Iraq. ISIS videos have showed its fighters driving U.S. tanks, MRAPs, Humvees. There are unconfirmed reports ISIS has stolen three fighter planes from Iraqi bases it conquered.
The authenticity of this latest video could not be independently confirmed, but the ISIS fighters in the video are in possession of a rich bounty of American hand grenades, rounds for small rockets, and other supplies that they will surely turn around and use on the Kurdish forces they are fighting in and around the Turkish border city.
On Monday, White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said the U.S. government was confident that the emergency airdropped supplies for the Kurdish forces near Kobani were falling into the right hands.
“We feel very confident that, when we air drop support as we did into Kobani… we’ve been able to hit the target in terms of reaching the people we want to reach,” Rhodes told CNN. “What I can assure people is that, when we are delivering aid now, we focus it on the people we want to receive that assistance. Those are civilians in need. Those are forces that we’re aligned with in the fight against ISIL [the government’s preferred acronym for ISIS], and we take precautions to make sure that it’s not falling into the wrong hands.”
Rhodes was responding to questions about a Monday report in The Daily Beast that U.S. humanitarian aid was flowing into ISIS controlled areas near Kobani by truck. That aid was mostly food and medical supplies, not the kind of lethal weapons in the new ISIS video.
Senior administration officials said Sunday that three American planes dropped a total of 27 bundles near Kobani and more U.S. air drops could come as part of the joint U.S.-Iraqi effort to aid Kurdish fighters in the Kobani area. The supplies were provided by Kurdish authorities, the official said.
In the new footage, the weapons appear to be U.S. made. There have also been at least 135 air strikes against ISIS in the area, according to the State Department.
The airstrikes and air drops appear to be having an impact. The Daily Beast’s Jamie Dettmer, reporting from the Syrian border, said the morale in Kobani has shifted in the last 24 hours. But ISIS continues to hold major swaths of territory in and around Kobani, despite widespread media reports to the contrary. And the civilians there are suffering, badly.
“I think what this represents is the President recognizes this is going to be a long-term campaign against ISIL; and that we need to look for whatever opportunity we can find to degrade that enemy and to support those who are fighting against ISIL on the ground,” a senior administration official told reporters.
The city in the pictures is Marseille, France’s second largest city, for many years considered as one of the cleanest, most beautiful cities in the world. See what it looks like now.
In her best-selling book The Force of Reason, the great, pioneer counterjihad writer Oriana Fallaci talked about Marseille as a symbol par excellence of the devastation, ugliness and filth brought by the Muslim invasion of Europe.
Europe, she wrote, is becoming unrecognisable. Marseille is “no longer a French city, it is a Maghrebin city”.
Arabic is the first language spoken in Marseille, and French only the second.
95% of the students in the city’s Collège Edgar Quinet are now Muslims.
No wonder Gaddafi once said in a speech that there was no need to invade Europe because in 20 years Europe would be Muslim.
Europe, with its political fear, spiritual decadence and weakness, and obsequiousness towards Islam, is the first battleground for Muslims in their quest to conquer and subjugate the world.