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NYT: Bush Created ISIS By Radicalizing Bakr al-Baghdadi

From the New York Times:

U.S. Actions in Iraq Fueled Rise of a Rebel

By TIM ARANGO and ERIC SCHMITT | August 10, 2014

BAGHDAD — When American forces raided a home near Falluja during the turbulent 2004 offensive against the Iraqi Sunni insurgency, they got the hard-core militants they had been looking for. They also picked up an apparent hanger-on, an Iraqi man in his early 30s whom they knew nothing about. The Americans duly registered his name as they processed him and the others at the Camp Bucca detention center: Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badry.

That once-peripheral figure has become known to the world now as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-appointed caliph of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the architect of its violent campaign to redraw the map of the Middle East…

At every turn, Mr. Baghdadi’s rise has been shaped by the United States’ involvement in Iraq — most of the political changes that fueled his fight, or led to his promotion, were born directly from some American action. And now he has forced a new chapter of that intervention, after ISIS’ military successes and brutal massacres of minorities in its advance prompted President Obama to order airstrikes in Iraq…

So there it is. The Times is trying to come to the rescue of Obama by blaming Bush for the rise of ISIS.

Still, when he first latched on to Al Qaeda, in the early years of the American occupation, it was not as a fighter, but rather as a religious figure…

Who from the cradle wanted to rid the world of infidels and non-Sunnis and those who did not practice radical Islam.

He has since declared himself caliph of the Islamic world, and pressed a violent campaign to root out religious minorities, like Shiites and Yazidis, that has brought condemnation even from Qaeda leaders…

Which has been his lifelong goal.

The Pentagon says that Mr. Baghdadi, after being arrested in Falluja in early 2004, was released that December with a large group of other prisoners deemed low level. But Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi scholar who has researched Mr. Baghdadi’s life, sometimes on behalf of Iraqi intelligence, said that Mr. Baghdadi had spent five years in an American detention facility where, like many ISIS fighters now on the battlefield, he became more radicalized…

Because he wasn’t radical before. But notice how this entire article hinges on the claim of some ‘Iraqi scholar.’ While everyone else says that Mr. Baghdadi was only imprisoned by the US for a few months and he was released on his good behavior.

We will omit the rest of this 2,005 word article. You have gotten the message The Times wanted to convey.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “NYT: Bush Created ISIS By Radicalizing Bakr al-Baghdadi”

  1. Boy, this guy Al in Fallujah sure gets around ..


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