Trump’s Support for ISIS Angers Readers

Trump’s Support for ISIS Angers Readers

By Eric Zuesse.
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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

A September 26th news-report at the most reliable news-site that specializes on the war in Syria, Almasdar News, headlined Breaking video: Islamic State fighter admits that Islamic State is forbidden to attack Kurdish forces in Deir Ezzor , and Andrew Illingworth reported from Lebanon, that, A video has just been released on social media showing the interview of an Islamic State fighter from Deir Ezzor [Syrias oil-producing region] who admits that the terrorist groups forces in the region are forbidden by their commanders from attacking US-backed, Kurdish-led militias. The report ends: Mohammed [the disenchanted Islamic State jihadist] finishes the interview by saying that he knows for a fact that the US is attempting to establish an alliance between Kurdish forces and Islamic State in Deir Ezzor province in order to undermine government-led military efforts to liberate the region.

Reader-comments thus far have been furious, mostly against the U.S. Government, which now is under President Donald Trump, who had promised to end, instead of to continue, his predecessor, Barack Obamas, war to overthrow and to replace Syrias Government. Some of the reader-comments are instead against Israel, because Israel is the country that has for the longest time been publicly known to want to overthrow Syrias Government. However, ever since 1949, the U.S. Government has been unsuccessfully trying to overthrow Syrias Government but hiding the fact from the public. Other comments claim that the U.S. now is like the Soviet Unions Government was: e.g., “USA doing today what Soviet Union used to sometimes do: establishing puppet governments and claiming they represent ‘the people’. Oh, just by chance they all are pushing US (Israel) geopolitical interest.

Trump isnt yet personally named by any of the reader-comments, but the sheer frustration shown with his continuing Obamas policies in Syria is clear.

The longer that Trump continues to do this, the more that Americas war against Syria will become Trumps war, and the less it will remain merely Obamas.

The issue of whether or not the person who is shown in that video is staged, is not addressed in any of the reader-comments thus far, perhaps because Almasdar News has developed a reputation for the honesty of its reporting, and for its careful vetting of sources that it relies upon. If this video is a fake (a staged acted statement instead of an authentic statement by a disenchanted Islamic State jihadist who is furious at Islamic States cooperation with U.S.-backed Kurds who are protecting the Conoco Gas Fields ), then it would be the first time that a staged fake has appeared at Almasdar as being anything authentic, instead of as being exposed there as being a fake. However, the possibility does exist that it could be a fake.

However, the reason why this video is not surprising to anyone who knows the background of Americas war to overthrow Syrias President Bashar al-Assad, is that under Barack Obama, the U.S. was relying very heavily upon Al Qaeda in Syria as the trainers and to lead the other jihadist factions who have been fighting to overthrow and replace Assad. Furthermore, there have been other indications than merely this video, that under U.S. President Donald Trump, the U.S. has cut back its support for Al Qaeda there, and come to rely instead increasingly upon Islamic State, even while helping Kurdish forces to defeat Islamic State and also to defeat Assads Government. For example, on June 12th, Chris Tomson in Damascus reported that “Al-Masdar News has obtained jaw-dropping footage from northern Syria suggesting the US-led coalition has allowed hundreds of Islamic State vehicles to leave Raqqa city for areas controlled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) (the Syrian Governments army, under Assad in other words: that Trump was helping Islamic State to overthrow Assad).

However, U.S. major newsmedia continue to allege that the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces or SDF, are throwing Islamic State out of that area, instead of working with Islamic State there to block Syrias Government from retaking control of that major gas-producing facility throwing out Islamic State, instead of throwing out the Syrian Government. For example, on September 25th, the Wall Street Journal bannered “U.S.-Backed Forces Seize Syrian Gas Plant From Islamic State and reported that, U.S.-backed forces said Sunday they were advancing through eastern Syria after seizing a gas plant there from Islamic State, striking a blow to the terror groups dwindling finances, which rely heavily on its control of Syrias oil and gas fields. ConocoPhillips has had no affiliation with the facility since it was turned over to the Syrian Gas Company in 2005. Its loss is another blow to Islamic States already-dwindling revenue sources. The conflict is presented in U.S. newsmedia as being SDF versus Islamic State, instead of U.S. versus Syria. Also on September 25th, the AP bannered “US-backed SDF says it took Syria’s largest gas field from Islamic State and reported that, “U.S.-backed Syrian fighters captured Saturday the countrys largest gas field from the Islamic State group in an eastern province that borders Iraq as they race with government forces to capture the energy-rich region.

So: even American news-reports are acknowledging that the Trump Administration is seeking to break up Syria, though not acknowledging that Islamic State is cooperating with SDF toward this goal.

Furthermore, the Wall Street Journals report is implicitly acknowledging that the U.S.-backed SDF is focused more on overthrowing the Government, or else breaking up Syria into ethnic enclaves (as the U.S. Government, and Israel, have long wanted), by reporting that, Our goal is to prevent the regime from taking the areas of oil which will enable it to regain control of the country like it was before the start of the 2011 antigovernment uprising, Delsos Derrik, an SDF commander, said. Even the WSJ is implicitly acknowledging that Trump continues Obamas primary goal in Syria to be conquest of Syria, instead of any authentic effort against jihadists such as Al Qaeda or Islamic State there. Even the WSJ is implicitly accepting that Trump has been lying.

The U.S. newsmedia have an extremely poor track-record regarding honesty, and certainly not as good a track-record as does Almasdar News. Moreover, no evidence has as yet been published which would indicate this video to be staged and acted, instead of authentic as it is represented.

Consequently: Trump is continuing Obamas policy regarding Syria, and has been lying to deny it. But even the readers at Almasdar News havent yet quite absorbed this apparent fact, and are instead blaming amorphous and more generalized entities, such as the Zio/Nazi US invasion forces.

President Trump is being given unimpeded approval to continue President Obamas obsession to overthrow and replace Syrias Government or else at least to break it up enough so that U.S. companies will be able to build pipelines through Syria to carry into the European Union the oil and gas of Americas allied fundamentalist Sunni Arab royal families, such as of Saudia Arabia and UAE, and thus replace Russias largest export market for its oil and gas, the European Union. Its a fight between the U.S. and Russia, for market-share of oil and gas being sold to the EU. The U.S. wants to grab enough of Syria so as to in partnership with its royal Arab friends grab that EU market-share, away from Russia. Thats what this war is all about. And the Kurds have become Americas foot-soldiers in the region, to make this happen. The U.S. is no longer relying upon Al Qaeda, as under Obama, nor Islamic State (except temporarily, under Trump), but instead upon Kurds.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of Theyre Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRISTS VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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