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article imageISIS financed by U.S. allies, says former U.S. Navy Admiral

By Ralph Lopez     Jan 13, 2015 in World
In a September 2014 news analysis for NBC News, a former US Navy Admiral acknowledged that significant funding for the radical jihadist group ISIS comes from sources within Qatar and Saudi Arabia, countries with close diplomatic ties to the US.
NBC reported that former U.S. Navy Admiral and NATO Supreme Commander James Stavridis and other US officials say the biggest share of the individual donations supporting ISIS comes from Qatar rather than Saudi Arabia.
Stavridis said:
"These rich Arabs are like what 'angel investors' are to tech start-ups, except they are interested in starting up groups who want to stir up hatred,"
In March of that year, Iraqi President Al Maliki made the same accusation, saying of Qatar and Saudi Arabia:
Obama with Qatar Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
Obama with Qatar Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
"I accuse them of inciting and encouraging the terrorist movements. I accuse them of supporting them politically and in the media, of supporting them with money and by buying weapons for them,"
The Gulf monarchies of Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates have long been considered close allies of the US and Israel in the "global war on terror." With US backing, Qatar is to be the site of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Andrew Tabler, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told The Daily Beast:
Qatar Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
Qatar Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
“Everybody knows the money [for ISIS] is going through Kuwait and that it’s coming from the Arab Gulf...Kuwait’s banking system and its money changers have long been a huge problem because they are a major conduit for money to extremist groups in Syria and now Iraq.”
Observers from some quarters say that the US-led bombing campaign in Syria, which has dropped more than 5,000 bombs on the country since August 2014, is not aimed at destroying ISIS as much as ISIS is providing a rationale for destroying Syrian infrastructure. They claim that ISIS is not greatly harmed by the bombing of oil infrastructure, since its oil profits consist mostly of stolen, relatively crude oil being smuggled in truck convoys to Turkey, and sold on the Turkish black market.
Rather, say these critics of the US, the bombing campaign degrades the long-term viability of the Syrian state.
Rami Abdelrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, of the crude distilleries set up in the backs of trucks to distill diesel and petrol:
"These so-called refineries are not a real target and they do not weaken the Islamic State as they do not have any financial value for them,"
The Moscow-based argues:
"If the US truly intended to stop ISIS oil profits, they would bomb these oil convoys, which are easily spotted via conventional surveillance flights already allegedly taking place as part of ongoing Western operations."
The intelligence agencies of the US, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait have close ties, and critics of US policy say it is hard to imagine that the Qatari and Saudi Arabian governments, which have strong, autocratic grips on their societies, can be acting without the tacit approval of the US and Israel, the latter of which heavily influences US foreign policy, according to Harvard Professor Stephen Walt and University of Chicago Professor John Mearsheimer in their book "The Israel Lobby."
In 1982 influential Israeli foreign policy thinker Oded Yinon detailed a plan for Israeli dominance of the Middle East region which included the fracturing of Arab states into weak and perpetually warring factions, including Syria.
In 2011, former presidential candidate General Wes Clark set the Internet ablaze with the revelation that, prior to the US invasion of Iraq and just after 9/11, he was told by a former staff member on the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the US planned to "take out" seven countries in five years. Startled, Clark told the audience that the invasion of Iraq was only the beginning. Clark names the countries of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and "finishing off, Iran," as the targets of Middle Eastern regime change.
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