Obama administration 'panicking' from rise of ISIL terrorists
Obama administration ‘panicking’ from rise of ISIL terrorists
Sat Aug 9, 2014 5:44PM GMT
The Obama administration is “panicking” from the rise of ISIL terrorists in Iraq, a “monster” the US helped to create in the first place, an American investigative journalist says.
US President Barack Obama authorized on Thursday the use of targeted airstrikes on Takfiri ISIL terrorists, also known as ISIS or IS, to protect American personnel inside the country and also help the Iraqi refugees under siege by the terrorist group and stranded on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq.
ISIL, which controls parts of Syria, sent its fighters into neighboring Iraq in June and quickly seized large swaths of territory straddling the border between the two countries. The militants have terrorized entire Iraqi communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Yazidis and others.
The US has been providing arms and training to ISIL and other terrorist groups in Syria to fight the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The militants were trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012, according to media reports.
“The US is obviously panicking because it’s well aware and the president is well aware of the kind of equipment and training that was given to these ISIL forces in Jordan,” Wayne Madsen told Press TV on Saturday.
“Obama had to take action because he’s created a ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ with the training of these radical Takfiri fundamentalists,” he said. “Now they’re threatening not only Baghdad, but Beirut because they’re in Lebanon.”
Madsen said the US military operation against ISIL is now “immaterial because these people were so well-trained by [the US] to overthrow President Assad’s government in Syria.”
He argued that the only way to stop the ISIL advances is to “cut off their financial support” through “taking executive action” against Saudi Arabia, the chief financier of militant groups in the region.
Some analysts say the rise of ISIL is reminiscent of the US support for Mujahedeen groups against the Soviet Union in the 1980s which gave birth to extremist groups like al-Qaeda and the Taliban.