Taliban and al Qaeda were creations of the United States, what about ISIS?

Published: October 12, 2015

An Islamic State group fighter brandishes an ISIS flag and a gun on a street in Mosul, Iraq, June 23, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

After chasing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) out of Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown just about 100 miles from Baghdad, ISIS was supposed to be on its way out. The Iraqi forces held their own, as their prime minister famously claimed having won the ‘psychological battle’ against the jihadist group.

But if events over the past few weeks have indicated something, it is that the ISIS is no ordinary foe. For its sheer, brutal efficiency and an unnerving desire for the creation of the caliphate, it is scarier and more strategically organised than any terrorist group that has ever come before it. It has been recruiting people from all over the world, and the lightening quick speed with which it has established its stronghold over the ever-expanding region of Eastern Syria and Northern Iraq, goes on to show that the problem in the Middle East is here to stay.

Merely weeks after losing Tikrit, the ISIS has been able to take over Ramadi, the capital of the Anbar region of upper Iraq. This comes as a massive victory for the group, as they now effectively control both the Tigris and Euphrates, and also the roads that link central Iraq with central Syria. Control of water is critical in deciding the fate of this war, and ISIS now holds a major strategic edge as it can stall everyday life in Iraq at any time it wishes to do so.

In more recent news, just a couple of days ago, ISIS seized the Syrian city of Palmyra with apparent ease. Though not as strategically important as Ramadi, Palmyra is a world heritage site and was an important cultural centre of the ancient world. Sadly, it is bound to suffer the same fate as the ancient cities of Aleppo and Nineveh.

The attacks on these ancient sites are motivated by the group’s hostility to non-Islamic and pre-Islamic cultures. Also, the proceeds from the selling of the looted artefacts on the black market help the ISIS fund its campaign across Syria and Iraq. Making matters worse, trade among these Middle-Eastern countries has dwindled as violence has mounted, posing a fundamental dilemma for policymakers as commerce is the foundation on which peaceful relations could have been re-established.

ISIS’s advance through the Middle-East. Photo: The Economist

So, how do you stop these people?

Unfortunately, the more important questions that need to be answered are prior ones.

How is it that just as the US army leaves Iraq, a militant Islamic group from Syria is able to swoop in and takeover a large chunk of the country?

How is it that people from all over the world are voluntarily leaving their homes and joining the ranks of the ISIS?

Have we (and by ‘we’, I mean the United States) ever really wanted to stop them?

These are some of the questions that need to be answered.

On May 18thJudicial Watch published a selection of formerly classified documents obtained from the US Department of Defence that all but established that the US, as early as August 2012, knew about the rise of the ISIS. However, instead of clearly delineating it as a threat, ISIS was envisioned as an asset which would help destabilise Assad’s regime in Syria.

But weren’t the Taliban and al Qaeda also creations of the United States?

What makes the threats posed by ISIS any bit more dangerous than those posed by them in the past?

Well, the answer to that lies in the Saudi teachings and ISIS’s ultimate aim of taking over Makkah. Over the last few years, there has been ceaseless debate over whether the Islamic world poses a threat to the ideological West.

Political commentator and TV Host Bill Maher caused a great deal of controversy when he, on his show, Real Time with Bill Maher, claimed that the fundamental ideologies of terrorist groups like al Qaeda and ISIS were shared by the rest of the Muslim world. Though Maher can be xenophobic on occasions (including this one), his facile generalisation of the Muslim world is precisely what the ISIS wants to achieve.

Yaroslav Trofimov in his book, The Siege of Mecca, accounts how in 1979, a bunch of Wahhabis took over Makkah during Hajj and the royal family couldn’t capture them as it was illegal to carry any sort of weapons inside the holy site of Makkah. So, they had to go to the clerics and ask for a special fatwa so they could fight them and get them out of Makkah. But the clerics placed a condition that the fatwa would only be granted if the royal family would give them money to set up mosques around the world where Saudi teachings (which is basically fundamentalist in nature) would be taught.

This is where we answer the ISIS question – how can these guys recruit more than 25,000 foreign fighters in such a short span of time?

It doesn’t make any sense.

As long as the funding continues, people from all around the world (who are being taught these fundamentalist doctrines) will continue to rise and fight for ISIS. If Wahhabism is promoted and portrayed to be good, it won’t be long before these Saudi teachings will become the dominant Muslim thought, in the process turning Maher’s idiotic claims into reality.

Now, just imagine if these people get their hands on nuclear arsenal.


“The Islamic State has claimed that it is ‘infinitely’ closer to buying a nuclear bomb from Pakistan.”

Well… there we go!

The original post appeared here.


Ashish Chandra

Ashish Chandra

The author is a law student from India.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Miyagi Jr.

    You cut the funding and ISIS dies it’s own death. But we all know where the funding is coming from, who is buying and distributing weapons for ISIS, and who is buying Iraqi oil from ISIS. and we all know the longer ISIS stays the bad it is for the name of Islam, so it is a win win situation for the west and main stream media.Recommend

  • pk

    Obviously ISIS is also created by West. Anything bad is always created by West anything good is always created by Muslim’s. It is as simple as that.Recommend

  • cautious

    You can read this kind of conspiracy theory on many Muslim websites – it lacks logic/common sense. I suggest the author at least do some basic research on ISIS before she writes her next article – this might help https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant#Conspiracy_theoriesRecommend

  • curious2

    While the USA provided money and weapons to the Mujaheddin – it was Pakistan and Saudi Arabia who did all the recruiting. It was also Pakistan and Saudi Arabia that nurtured and continued a relationship after the Soviet/Afghan conflict. Saying that the USA created these organizations is a bit of a stretch.

    ISIS is an organization that has evolved over the years – it’s beginnings go back to 1999. Implying that the organization suddenly appeared with 25,000 members as soon as the American’s departed Iraq is incorrect.Recommend

  • buba

    Rubbish and kinda pathetic. The West didn’t create Muslim Schism and blaming the West for Muslim on Muslim deaths is getting old.Recommend

  • curious2

    ISIS oil is purchased by Jordan, Turkey and Syria – not the West. Easy Google if your so inclined.Recommend

  • unbelievable

    “How is it that just as the US army leaves Iraq, a militant Islamic group from Syria is able to swoop in and takeover a large chunk of the country?”

    Author implies that ISIS swept in “just as USA troops left” … however the last USA troops left back in 2011 and ISIS didn’t launch their offensive until 2014.

    “This is where we answer the ISIS question – how can these guys recruit more than 25,000 foreign fighters in such a short span of time?”

    The origins of ISIS go back to 1999 when it was called Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad – names have changed as well as alliances but it’s leadership has been constant. In short it didn’t just materialize with 25,000 members.Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    May be all other terrorist groups were of American creation Recommend

  • Chairman Wow

    1. British colonial power created Saudia

    2. American colonial power created Alqaeda

    3. Zionist/Neocons colonial power created ISISRecommend

  • One

    In my view it’s the creation of israel agency mossad. ISIS(ISRAEL Security Intelligence Service). Look it always change it’s name now and most of the soldiers are from australia and western countries so it’s backed by west. for further details see yourself : http://playit.pk/watch?v=sylmmj5evA4Recommend

  • Rohan

    Al Qaeda received patronage from Saudi royal familyRecommend

  • tracula

    Blame Gog & Magog !Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    You and your imaginations, where did i said west buys ISIS oil? And even if it doesn’t, it also does nothing in stopping ISIS selling it to acquire weapons.Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    “Rubbish and kinda pathetic” is your knowledge of history and facts. What can I say, MSM has ruined it, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of corrupt tyrants and kingdoms of the middle east. Have a nice day.Recommend

  • Eddied

    Just an attempt to grab attention with a cheap untrue headline…shame on you…it is a fact that the west has been fighting all these terrorist groups from the beginning…spreading this lie that the west has created these groups is as accurate as saying there is a large beer festival in Islamabad?Recommend

  • Eddied

    Why is it the responsibility of the west to stop barbarian Muslims in Muslim countries?Recommend

  • Pro Truth

    USA and west may have not directly created ISIS but they provided the perfect breeding grounds for it. They destroyed regimes in Iraq, Libya, almost in Syria. With destruction of these countries and their armies, area is almost become lawless as result of headless states where no one has real authority or military to crush a serious terrorist outfit as ISIS.
    ISIS is not seriously being engaged by west and US as they were very motivated to attack and destroy Iraq and Libya. Their air attacks are merely causing a damage.

    So ISIS will be let to live in the area, anarchy and lawlessness eventually will create new smaller and weaker states. Who want that in this region?Recommend

  • Fahimuddin

    I was raised in Islamabad. There are wine and beer festivals with in local gathering in Islamabad. You have just knowledge through FOX and CNNRecommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    Ask West!Recommend

  • Eddied

    Right, Pakistan is noted for its beer festivals?… Perhaps I should have said that blaming USA for creating Isis is as accurate as saying there is a big pig roast in Mecca…Recommend

  • arslan ahmed

    According to me,all Jahadist organizaions are established due to acts of Israel and America’s cruelty.Israel and America are responsible for war in middle-east.Because America & British attacked on Iraq without any reason.What was reason to attack on Iraq?Why?Because Iraq is an Islamic country.These incidents force the Muslims to make organzations against non-Muslims.Because Muslims are feeling insecure from non-muslims countries.Not only this,Muslims nation donot want to repeat the history which was done in 1800-1900.May be America desires to do same with other Islamic countries such as Afghanistan,Iran,Kuwait and specially Pakistan.Recommend

  • arslan ahmed

    America used Taliban and Pakistan against Russia (Soviet).Because Russian was the superpower which had the capability to fight against Russian.If Pakistan and Taliban didn’t support against Russian then America would not be able to fight against Russian.Now America is fighting against Taliban because Talibans imposed Islamic law in Afghanistan in modern age.Not only this because Talibans are a part of tribals in Khyber Phuktunkhaw which supported Kahmir against India and they win against India which is now called Azad Kasmir.America and India fears from Taliban and Pakistan because they can repeat the history as Muslims rule whole worldRecommend

  • arslan ahmed

    There is something that politicians want to hide from Pakistan public that why are they are supporting america.Even Pakistan’defence analysts have been declared that war in afghanistan is the war of America not of Pakistan.May be the politicians are corrupt.This is 90% possibilty according to me.All politicians are jagirdar or wadaras and may be something that america can harm Pakistan.Because Pakistan fought against America in 2001 A.D then suddenly Pakistan announced to fight against Taliban Why?What was the reason that Pakistan politicians and army was ready to support against america.Recommend

  • arslan ahmed

    I want to convey another message to Muslims that they should solve their problems through Holy Quran,dialouges and in the light of Hadith and Sunnats.We should not invlove non-Muslims nation in our problems as Muslims in Afghanistan did.They involved America and What they got except murders of children and murders of innocence Muslims.Recommend

  • Time Is Up

    Man! you are going all over the place. America and Israel had nothing to do with Partition of India, problems in Southern Philippines, problems in Southern Thailand or Myanmar for that matter. So stop acting and whining like a victim.Recommend

  • Time Is Up

    So true, all we hear is Al gebra, Al chemy, Al gorithm, but not Al Qaeda.Recommend

  • DudeFromDC

    Ashish Chandra, dude… how much did you get to write this prop piece?Recommend

  • khan

    what a boring, useless and biased blog.. and you wouldnt be an indian if you dont mention pakistan in each and every mess… gay hindRecommend