London, SANA – The US involvement in creating the terrorist organization of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been further exposed in a report published by The Guardian newspaper a two days ago.
The report revealed that most of the terrorist organization’s today leaders, not least Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi, were of the US’s making a decade ago.
An ISIS leader, formerly jailed in Bucca, a prison established by the US forces in southern Iraq upon their invasion in 2003, said most of ISIS leaders arising today were inmates in the same prison.
Abu Ahmad entered the US-run Camp Bucca prison as a young man a decade ago, and is now “a senior official” within ISIS, having risen through its ranks with many of the men who served time alongside him in prison, according to The Guardian.
“If there was no American prison in Iraq, there would be no IS now. Bucca was a factory. It made us all. It built our ideology,” he told the British newspaper, relating the details about how he and other detainees had been snatched by US soldiers from Iraq’s towns and cities to the infamous prison.
“Here, we were not only safe, but we were only a few hundred meters away from the entire al-Qaida leadership,” Abu Ahmad said. “We had so much time to sit and plan…It was the perfect environment. We all agreed to get together when we got out,” he continued.
Abu Ahmad noted that by 2009, many of his fellow prisoners who had got out “were back doing what we did before we were caught. But this time we were doing it better.”
And clearly from the report, it was not by chance al-Baghdadi became, or more accurately was made to become, ISIS’s chief leader.
Abu Ahmad met al-Baghdadi for the first time in Bucca, speaking of him as having been receiving
privileged treatment by the US forces.
“He was respected very much by the US army,” Abu Ahmed said. “If he wanted to visit people in another camp he could, but we couldn’t.”
This “respect” had soon led to the emergence of the most dangerous terrorist group of today that has recently come to hold sway over large parts of northern Syria and Iraq, and which is keeping the whole world on edge.
By December 2004, Baghdadi, The Guardian said, was “deemed by his jailers to pose no further risk and his release was authorised.”
“And all the while, a new strategy, which [Baghdadi] was leading, was rising under their noses, and that was to build the Islamic State [also known as ISIS],” said Abu Ahmad.
The Guardian cited Hisham al-Hashimi, an analyst based in Baghdad, as highlighting that the Iraqi government estimates that 17 of the 25 most important ISIS leaders running the war in Iraq and Syria spent time in US prisons between 2004 and 2011.
In further evidence to the US’s creation of ISIS, the American newspaper Washington Post published a detailed report last month unmasking who the U.S. army had gathered and mobilized hundreds of takfiri extremist elements at Bucca prison, who were released by 2009, upon the beginning of the U.S. pullout from Iraq, obviously more radicalized and quite ready to act upon their
dangerously extremist ideology.
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