We reap what we sow.
It turns out that ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), the militant jihadists wreaking havoc in Iraq and against whom the Obama administration dispatched “combat equipped” troops to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, had been trained by none other than the Obama administration.
Aaron Klein reports for WND, June 17, 2014, that members of ISIS were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.
The officials said dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq.
The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida.
Note: That is naive in the extreme. The very name of ISIS speaks to their territorial ambitions of creating a caliphate over a wide swath of land in the Middle East, including Cyprus, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and part of southern Turkey.
In February 2012, WND was first to report the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region. That report has since been corroborated by numerous other media accounts.
Last March, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported Americans were training Syrian rebels in Jordan.
Quoting what it said were training participants and organizers, Der Spiegel reported it was not clear whether the Americans worked for private firms or were with the U.S. Army, but the magazine said some organizers wore uniforms. The training in Jordan reportedly focused on use of anti-tank weaponry.
The German magazine reported some 200 men received the training over the previous three months amid U.S. plans to train a total of 1,200 members of the Free Syrian Army in two camps in the south and the east of Jordan.
Britain’s Guardian newspaper also reported last March that U.S. trainers were aiding Syrian rebels in Jordan along with British and French instructors.
The Jordanian officials spoke to WND amid concern the sectarian violence in Iraq will spill over into their own country as well as into Syria.
ISIS previously posted a video on YouTube threatening to move on Jordan and “slaughter” King Abdullah, whom they view as an enemy of Islam.
WND reported last week that, according to Jordanian and Syrian regime sources, Saudi Arabia has been arming the ISIS and that the Saudis are a driving force in supporting the al-Qaida-linked group.
WND further reported that, according to a Shiite source in contact with a high official in the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the Obama administration has been aware for two months that ISIS also was training fighters in Turkey. At least one of the training camps of the group Iraq of the ISIS, is in the vicinity of Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey, where American personnel and equipment are located.
The Shiite source called Obama “an accomplice” in the attacks that are threatening the Maliki government the U.S. helped establish through the Iraq war. He said that after training in Turkey, thousands of ISIS fighters went to Iraq by way of Syria to join the effort to establish an Islamic caliphate subject to strict Islamic law, or Shariah.
Meanwhile, here’s the latest on ISIS in Iraq:
- Obama said today, June 19, that 300 more troops would be sent to Iraq to “train, advise, support” Iraq’s security forces. (Source)
- U.S. is already flying armed F-18 fighter jets on “surveillance” missions over Iraq. (Source)
- After a meeting with Obama, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the president “indicated he didn’t feel he had any need for authority from us for steps that he might take,” including air strikes. (Source)
- CIA expands Obama-approved training of Syrian militants
- Insanity: Obama admin considering closer ties with Syrian jihadists
- Obama admin considering a war against Syria, again
- Pulitzer-award journalist says Obama admin made up intelligence for war on Syria