Those who fund terrorists are the elephant in the room that for some reason, people do not see or do not discuss. The bombs the terrorists use to kill innocent civilians are sophisticated and cost far more than guns; up to date military weaponry sells for untold millions. Yet, today’s Islamists do not seem to be suffering from a lack of funding. These people have had the wherewithal to wage war for years on end, first against the army and air force of Libya, later against that of Syria, and now also against Iraq. Hamas and Hezbollah are Shiite groups that are mainly sponsored by Shiite Iran’s petrodollars. However, the recent wars against the armies of Libya, Syria and Iraq were mainly fought by Sunnis. Where did those Sunnis get the tens of billions of dollars needed for these protracted military campaigns? The primary sponsors of Al Qaeda and other Sunni terrorists are likely none other than the "pro-West" Arab oil-producing states. [more...]
Monday, June 16, 2014
By Joseph Klein
On October 22nd, 2007, Osama bin Laden admitted in an audiotape, entitled "Message to the people of Iraq," that al Qaeda was losing the war in Iraq because it had made mistakes and no longer had the allegiance of Sunni insurgents who had switched sides. When Barack Obama became president on January 20, 2009, the war in Iraq was essentially won. The al Qaeda-backed insurgency was reduced to smoldering embers. George W. Bush's surge had succeeded.
Safely behind bars at the time was Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, an al Qaeda-linked point man who was imprisoned at Camp Bucca in Iraq, after being captured by U.S. forces in 2005. According to a Pentagon assessment at the time, al Baghdadi "would kidnap individuals or entire families, accuse them, pronounce sentence and then publicly execute them." However, the Obama administration decided to shut down the Bucca prison camp and hand over its prisoners to the Iraqi government, including Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, in 2009. The Iraqi government later released him. Al Baghadi boasted to the U.S. soldiers who had held him prisoner, "I’ll see you in New York." [more...]
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