So let us hark back to the Islamist-in-Chief’s declaration that Al Qaeda was essentially dead and buried, metaphorically sticking a fork in them – Obama Has Touted Al Qaeda’s Demise 32 Times Since Benghazi Attack. This “done deal” was facilitated after SEAL TEAM SIX (supposedly) dispatched Osama to greet Allah. Hmm.
Essentially, why would Barack HUSSEIN Obama (and surrogates) utter such blatant hogwash, placing a peremptory nail in Al Qaeda’s coffin, when even a well informed high schooler recognized that all was not as it seemed?
Well, a double-edged sword was wielded; one as “proof” that he was indeed up to snuff to handle the “war on terror” – while in the midst of a heated pre-election season – concomitantly, to appease his leftward flank via (one of) many campaign promises. As such, he precipitously withdrew all U.S. combat forces from Iraq in December 2011 and needed to make sure Americans believed that it was indeed a prudent move, especially now that Osama was dead! Hence, the conveniently-timed nail in his coffin.
Mind you, while all the above lies were deliberately designed to deflect from the real facts on the ground, R2P lurked (still very much alive and well) in the background. And its import lies within the arming of Al Qaeda Sunni jihadists, its blow back, knock-on effects, most widely felt via Benghazigate.
Now, as is said, what does all of this have to do with the price of tea in China, or more directly put, with the title and thesis of today’s commentary – AL Qaeda declares/establishes first independent caliphate: where does Obama’s purposeful strategy shine in? Everywhere.
It should be more than obvious – at least one would hope so – that deliberate fires were set in the Mid East via the Islamist-in-Chief’s handiwork, and with ill intent, in order to hand the Muslim Brotherhood (and its outgrowth, Al Qaeda) a leg up. To wit, they can now proclaim their FIRST arm of their intended Caliphate, a possibility which Barack HUSSEIN Obama crowed would never come to fruition, as he buried Osama and put an end to Al Qaeda. Yup. Looks like Al Qaeda rose from its grave.
Praise and thanks to Allah – Alhamdulillah (Arabic: الحمد لله) !
After seizing the heart of the western Iraqi town of Falluja, Al Qaeda’s local branch (ISIS) Friday night decreed it the capital of a new independent caliphate. The jihadists continue to push Iraqi forces out of another western Sunni town, Ramadi. To cover up the army’s inability to stop Al Qaeda’s advance, the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Saturday reported that the jihadists had sustained heavy losses and that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdad had been killed in battle. DEBKAfile: Western sources counter this claim with a report that Al Baghdadi is still orchestrating the counter-offensive against the Iraqi army from Baqouba in the eastern province of Diyala. If this is confirmed, it would mean that al Qaeda continues to seize territory.
Al Qaeda’s most significant victory in the Syrian war was achieved this week in the Iraqi arena. Its Iraq and Syrian branch (ISIS), under the command of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, resoundingly defeated the Iraqi army which two weeks ago launched a major offensive to relieve the country of the jihadist grip. Baghdadi’s troops were able to throw back the Iraqi army’s crack 7th and 1st divisions and keep going to capture large sections of Ramadi and Falluja, the key Sunni cities of western and central Iraq.
This victory enabled ISIS to forge a territorial chain of control stretching from Ramadi in central in Iraq, 110 km west of Baghdad, all the way to the northern Syrian town of Al-Raqqah, 160 km from Aleppo.
It also brought the Iraqi military offensive to a standstill. Soldiers downed arms and fled and units still intact started falling back toward Baghdad, dumping their heavy weapons to hasten their retreat.
DEBKAfile’s military sources report that Al Qaeda owes much of its victory to the decision of the Sunni tribes of western Iraq to join and spearhead its counter-attack on Iraqi forces. After smashing whole Iraqi units in the two cities, these tribal militias opened the door for the ISIS jihadists to march in.
Ironically, the tribal militias backing al Qaeda are the same “Awakening” groups which the US army sustained and armed for the battle to root out Al Qaeda from western Iraq during the 2005-2007 landmark “surge” campaign devised by Gen. David Petraeus.
That surge wheel has clearly turned round in favor of al Qaeda. Iraq’s military downfall is the worst it has suffered since the US invasion of the country in 2003 and al Qaeda’s greatest Middle East battlefield triumph, following which its commander Al-Baghdadi has vowed to proclaim the first Middle East caliphate stretching between western Iraq and eastern Syria.
This development has many critical ramifications:
1. There is no military force in the region capable of going into Iraq and stopping al Qaeda’s advance, which was allowed to happen in consequence of the US army’s precipitate exit from the country three years ago.
2. Al Qaeda’s fortunes in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula have received a major boost. The Sinai affiliates in particular are in close touch with Al Baghdadi.
3. The hook-up between them exacerbates the terrorist threat hanging over Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
4. The Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, has acquired strategic depth in Iraq. Its leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani (Golani) is expected to announce that his movement will join the new Islamist state.
5. A merger of the Iraqi and Syrian al Qaeda branches could draw in a host of sympathetic Middle East Islamist groups.
6. The ISIS victory in Iraq represents a humiliating setback for Tehran, which heavily backed the Iraqi army offensive led by its pro-Iranian prime minister Nouri al-Maliki for cleansing the country of the violent Al Qaeda presence.
7. The US, by its decision to send weapons to the Iraqi army for its engagement with al Qaeda, was shown to have backed the losing side.
8. The Iraqi army used up all its reserves for this offensive. Its only remaining option now is to fall back to Baghdad and regroup for the defense of the capital.
9. For Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Hizballah ally, Hassan Nasrallah, the Iraqi military debacle was the worst possible news. It struck them at the tipping moment of the Syrian war. Just as they gained the advantage over the rebel movement, they were confronted with a fresh war arena against al Qaeda now invigorated by its Iraq victory.
EVEN The Washington Post jumps into the fray as well – Al-Qaeda-linked force captures Fallujah amid rise in violence in Iraq…are pigs flying too?
Bear completely in mind that the centuries long struggle between Sunni Shia will continue, regardless of who sits in the White House. However, it has been proven that purposefully stirring their pot has become a prime “strategy” of the current occupant of the White House.
Now, even as Shia jihadists are smarting from this Al Qaeda defeat, we all know that they coalesce, long enough to pause in their fighting, when it is necessary to fight the “Big and Little Satans” – America and Israel.
In furtherance to the above question, a core component can be found within a groundbreaking policy paper written by Professor Paul Eidelberg. I had the honor and distinct privilege to participate in its review. Therefore, due to its efficacy, I am providing a link, and it will no doubt answer the heretofore inexplicable: Where is the relentless Jew hatred emanating from? .
Yet the saying, “First the Saturday People, then the Sunday People”, has never been more relevant nor acute, as global jihad swathes across every corner of the world. Essentially, the same religious “holy” war raging against Israel (and by extension to the Jewish people) is meting out against Christians. Their slaughter will continue apace, as long as Islamic overlords hold sway. To wit, it is no longer a question of whether or not there is a clash between civilizations. That ship has sailed. The west is drowning in “infidel” blood, as mandated by Islamic doctrinal Sharia Law.
So even as Barack HUSSEIN Obama has been more than lending a helping hand to Al Qaeda – the Muslim Brotherhood backed progeny – at the same time, he has empowered Iran to reach a nuclear status state.
Do any of the above actions even remotely resonate with a patriot’s strategic policy making, or are they inimical, in line with one who seeks an alternative outcome, perhaps to bring down America?