Call it one of many US dirty secrets. Washington covertly recruits, funds, arms, trains, and directs extremist Islamic State and other Takfiri terrorists.
The same ones it lies about waging war on. Uses them as proxies against its adversaries.
Notably during Obama’s tenure against Libya’s Gaddafi. Currently against Assad in Syria. Ahead against future enemies to be named later.
Iran very much in Washington’s cross hairs. Longstanding US regime change plans remain firm.
Calling Yousaf Al Salafi an IS Pakistani commander.
In detention in Pakistan, he admitted getting funds from America. On January 22, he and two associates were arrested in Lahore, said AFP.
According to the English language newspaper The Express Tribune:
“During investigations, (Al Salafi) revealed that he was getting funding – routed through America – to run an organization in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria.”
The information came from its sister Urdu language Daily Express. From a source close to Pakistan’s investigation on condition of anonymity. Saying Al Salafi was arrested in December.
Admitted getting $600 per recruit. Worked with at least one accomplice. Reportedly a Pakistani imam. According to the unnamed source:
“The US has been condemning the IS activities but unfortunately has not been able to stop funding of these organizations, which is being routed through the US.”
“The US had to dispel the impression that it is financing the group for its own interests, and that is why it launched offensive (actions) against the organization in Iraq but not in Syria.”
Its oil facilities, infrastructure, grain silos and other non-military sites are targeted. Scores of civilians were killed.
IS fighters remain largely unscathed. New ones enter Syria through Turkey, Jordan and Israel’s Golan.
According to a Pakistani security source, recruiting IS fighters “was raised several several times (by) local media” reports.
“(E)ven in the diplomatic corridors between US and Pakistan…(M)edia reporters here suggest(ed) that hundreds of recruits have been exported from Pakistan.”
The issue was discussed with John Kerry on his recent Islamabad visit.
“The matter was also taken up with CENTCOM (US Central Command) chief, General Lloyd Austin, during his visit to Islamabad earlier this month,” an unnamed source said.
Reuters was told Al Salafi is a Pakistani-Syrian. Came to Pakistan via Turkey. Arrived five months ago. Established a Pakistani-based IS group.
Local media report growing internal IS influence. Citing incidents in Lahore and Multan. Where IS flags and graffiti are clearly visible.
Last year, Obama began bombing claimed IS sites in Iraq and Syria. Washington wants unchallenged regional control.
Fear-mongering is longstanding US practice. Obama nonsensically calls IS “unique…If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond (the) region, including to the United States,” he claims.
Washington’s objectives include controlling regional oil. Installing pro-Western puppet regimes.
Balkanizing Iraq into the Kurdish north, Baghdad center and Basra south. Controlling the country more effectively this way.
Ousting Assad. Eliminating a key Israeli rival. Replacing him with a US-friendly stooge. Isolating Iran. Its turn awaits US regime change plans.
America’s dark side threatens world peace. Obama wants congressional authority for unconstrained war. Billions of dollars in funding.
America’s longstanding business is war. Obama calls it US “leadership.” International law calls it naked aggression.
Based on Big Lies. With no just cause. No existential or other threats. No legal standing regardless of congressional action.
Security Council members alone may authorize war. Every US post-WW II one was illegal. Including ongoing direct and proxy ones. New ones planned.
War is America’s strategy of choice. Permanent ones. Dirty ones. Waged without mercy. Against nations US forces can easily roll over.
How many more countries will America ravage and destroy? How many more victims will die?
Wars won”t end when Obama leaves office. Whoever replaces him will continue them seamlessly. Wage new ones.
Expect no end to mass slaughter and destruction. Not as long as lunatics run the Washington asylum.
The only solution is nonviolent revolution. The alternative is continued death, destruction and growing homeland repression.
Tyranny by any standard. Masquerading as democracy works only for so long. America’s dark side is to ugly to hide.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com . His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.