We have received yet another report this week asserting that Britain and the U.S. have been caught air dropping weapons and supplies into ISIS controlled territory within Iraq. The latest evidence comes from a photograph released by Iraqi popular resistance group Al-Hashad Al-Shabi standing next to what appears to be a downed Blackhawk helicopter.
This story comes on the heels of last week’s report claiming that two British cargo planes, also carrying weapons for ISIS, were shot down by Iraqi Army regulars. Head of the Iraqi Parliament National Security and Defense Committee, Hakem Al-Zameli stated, “The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL. The US drops weapons for the ISIL on the excuse of not knowing about the whereabouts of the ISIL positions and it is trying to distort the reality with its allegations.” He further elaborated that Iraqi Army officers and popular resistance groups are sending regular reports witnessing these air drop inside of ISIS territory. “These documents are given to the investigation committee … and the necessary measures will be taken to protect the Iraqi airspace,” Al-Zameli stated.
Why in God’s name would the U.S. and NATO supply ISIS you ask? According to Al-Zameli, “…the US prefers a chaotic situation in Anbar Province which is near the cities of Karbala and Baghdad as it does not want the ISIL crisis to come to an end.” In late December, Iraqi Parliamentary Security and Defense Commission MP Majid al-Gharawi stated, “The US is trying to expand the time of the war against the ISIL to get guarantees from the Iraqi government to have its bases in Mosul and Anbar provinces.”
The accusations by the Iraqi government that the U.S. led coalition against ISIS is actually supporting them are becoming increasingly frequent, so here is a chronological list of the reports:
November 4, 2014: Iranian general accuses US of supplying ISIS with arms, aid
November 18, 2014: Iraqi Intelligence: USA Is Supplying ISIS with Weapons, Food
December 29, 2014: American Aircraft Drop Weapons over Iraqi Areas Held by ISIL
February 23, 2015: Iraqi Forces Seize US-Made Weapons from ISIL in Anbar Province
February 23, 2015: Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL
So, there have been no less than seven reports in the last four months, but there has been absolutely no coverage in Western mainstream media on the issue, with the only exception being the first report in October which was confirmed by U.S. officials but claimed to be an accident. One major problem with some of these reports thus far is the fact that they have been reported by Iranian state media, and it is difficult to independently verify their accuracy from the U.S. Some have argued that if American and British planes really were shot down, wouldn’t we have at least have heard about that in the media?
Not necessarily. Obviously, directly supplying ISIS would not go over well with the American public, even though the U.S. government is publicly supplying them indirectly (or directly) through the Syrian conflict. Somehow, the media has been able to carefully pull the wool over much of the public’s eyes by proclaiming that there is a real difference between the Free Syrian Army fighting Bashar Al-Assad, who Congress is now publicly funding, and the Islamic faction of rebels also fighting him. However, reports from last year confirmed what was already obvious to anyone casually observing the situation… The “moderate” Syrian rebels and the more hardcore Islamic factions who helped to spawn ISIS have a common goal in defeating Bashar Al-Assad, and they are working together. It is completely unreasonable to claim that weapons given to one faction of the rebels will not end up in the hands of other rebels working hand in hand towards the same goal.
Nonetheless, there isn’t even a discussion in our media about whether or not the Iranian reports are accurate. With bold claims such as these, wouldn’t we at least expect some sort of debate on the accusations? Then again, that would bring too much attention to the issue.
While it is certainly acceptable to question the Iranian Fars News, one should take into consideration the plausibility of the reports based on what we do know. For one, the U.S. is publicly funding radical Islamic groups through the Syrian conflict, without question. Secondly, they did acknowledge and admit to the first report claiming that they had airdropped supplies to ISIS but said it was an accident. Finally, and most importantly, the powers that be absolutely have a vested interest in supplying ISIS. Not only does it create more destabilization, and thus warrant continued Western presence in the area; but as evidenced by the mainstream media’s incessant fear mongering surrounding the possibility of ISIS attacks on the U.S., officials will have excuse to prop up programs that erode our civil liberties and transfer power to the government such as the Patriot Act and the NDAA which are becoming increasingly unpopular with the American public.
With all of the evidence that’s been laid out, do you think the U.S. is really supplying its own enemy? Please post your thoughts and opinions below.