Non-Aligned Media / Brandon Martinez / Dec. 9, 2015
A new report in the Washington Post titled “Iraqis think the U.S. is in cahoots with the Islamic State, and it is hurting the war” details Iraqi opinions about ISIS and who stands behind them. According to the report, US officials are panicking because most Iraqis, including many in the government, believe that the US is working with ISIS.
The article writes:
On the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State, suspicion of the United States runs deep. Iraqi fighters say they have all seen the videos purportedly showing U.S. helicopters airdropping weapons to the militants, and many claim they have friends and relatives who have witnessed similar instances of collusion.
Ordinary people also have seen the videos, heard the stories and reached the same conclusion — one that might seem absurd to Americans but is widely believed among Iraqis — that the United States is supporting the Islamic State for a variety of pernicious reasons that have to do with asserting U.S. control over Iraq, the wider Middle East and, perhaps, its oil.
“It is not in doubt,” said Mustafa Saadi, who says his friend saw U.S. helicopters delivering bottled water to Islamic State positions. He is a commander in one of the Shiite militias that last month helped push the militants out of the oil refinery near Baiji in northern Iraq alongside the Iraqi army.
… The allegations of U.S. collusion with the Islamic State are aired regularly in parliament by Shiite politicians and promoted in postings on social media. They are persistent enough to suggest a deliberate campaign on the part of Iran’s allies in Iraq to erode American influence, U.S. officials say.
In one typical recent video that appeared on the Facebook page of a Shiite militia, a lawmaker with the country’s biggest militia group, the Badr Organization, waves apparently new U.S military MREs (meals ready to eat) — one of them chicken and dumplings — allegedly found at a recently captured Islamic State base in Baiji, offering proof, he said, of U.S. support.
The fighters there insist there have been no strikes by the Americans at all. “We’d be better off without them,” said 1st Lt. Murtada Fadl, who is serving with the Iraqi elite forces in Baiji. He said that the only air support had come from the Iraqi air force and that he wishes the government would ask the Russians to replace the Americans.
That’s right, according to Iraqi fighters on the ground, the US is conducting zero air strikes against ISIS in their favour, despite all the lies of “thousands” of bombing raids being launched since August 2014. If the latter claims were true, ISIS would have been gutted within months. The US is so pathetically desperate to “prove” that they’re actually bombing ISIS that PBS used footage of a Russian airstrike and passed it off as an American strike. RT reports:
Apparently being unable to find any footage of the US Air Force strikes against Islamic State’s oil infrastructure, PBS NewsHour spliced Russian Defense Ministry’s video into their report – but it did not go unnoticed. The PBS report last week used two objective control videos made by Russian drones while Sukhoi bombers based at Khmeimim airfield in Latakia bombed out an oil storage facility in Syria used by ISIS and a large camp of oil trucks.
A Syrian group opposed to the country’s autocratic leader, Bashar al-Assad, says airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition killed 52 civilians.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights called the alleged killings a “massacre” committed under the “pretext” of targeting ISIS militants.
Back in March, the Iraqis said that a US airstrike killed 22 Iraqi soldiers in Anbar province:
Iraqi authorities are being urged to investigate the killing of 22 Iraqi soldiers in the western province of Anbar in what they claim was a US-led airstrike. The government coalition party, which urges the probe, says the findings should be made public. The soldiers were killed on Wednesday when an airplane bombed the HQ of an army company near Ramadi, a city in central Iraq, about 110 kilometers west of Baghdad, an Iraqi military officer and a police source said, as cited by Reuters.
A Press TV report from June of this year divulged that “some Iraqi soldiers expressed frustration over what they said were coalition forces targeting their posts.” The coalition forces are “targeting the [Iraqi] popular mobilization forces and the Iraqi army. They struck us right there twice,” said one Iraqi fighter.
Just this week the US bombed a Syrian Army position, killing four Syrian soldiers.
New reports are still coming out showing that the US-led coalition is killing civilians in Syria, like this AFP report suggesting that a US airstrike on December 7 killed 26 Syrian civilians, including seven children and four women:
Suspected US-led coalition air strikes killed at least 26 civilians in a Syrian village, piling pressure on the alliance after allegations another bombing raid left regime soldiers dead.
The coalition has been bombarding the Islamic State group for more than a year in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, where the jihadists have declared a self-styled caliphate.
But according to a monitoring group, strikes on Monday on the village of Al-Khan in northeastern Syria only left civilians dead.
Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS is in control of Al-Khan but is only on its outskirts, “which is why all of the deaths were civilians”.
The death toll included at least seven children and four women, he said, adding that it was likely to rise as more than a dozen civilians were still missing under rubble.
So while the US continues to covertly support ISIS, it is busily slaughtering Syrian civilians in airstrikes.
How sick can it get?