It’s all extremely fishy about ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Abu Dua, born in Samarra in 1971, a Saddam “remnant” but – crucially – a former prisoner of the US government in Camp Bocca from 2005 to 2009, as well as a former leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. It’s no secret in the Levant that ISIS Men in Black were trained in 2012 by US instructors at a secret base in Safawi, in the northern desert of that fiction disguised as a country, Jordan, so they would later fight as Western-approved “rebels” in Syria.
It was al-Baghdadi who sent a batch of Men in Black to set up Jabhat al-Nusra (“good terrorists”, remember?) in Syria. He may have split from Jabhat in late 2013, but still remains in charge of a vast desert wasteland from northern Syria to Western Iraq. He’s the new Osama bin Laden (the gift that keeps on giving, again), the all but certain Emir of an Islamically correct desert Caliphate in the heart of the Levant.
Pepe Escobar, like Patrick Cockburn, are reporters that the beltway crews like to ignore due to journalism.
Update: The decline
On two occasions a retired officer said on the air that he had been in communication with “the Pentagon” and had been told the true story on Iraq. He seemed to think that was normal and that this injection of “the poop” into his knowledge base made his statements worthwhile.
On another occasion a retired four star general who works for a different network, described the 300 special operations advisers going to Iraq as “very mature, very skilled and capable of accomplishing their missions.” This retired general never served in special operations, has never been particularly friendly towards special operations forces, and has no present contact with these forces. My question: how would he know all this unless he has been privately assured by the Obama Administration and DoD of what it is that he should think about “the advisers.”
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