Nafeez Ahmed, "Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS : Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad, rollback ‘Shia expansion’ ", (22 May 2015)

Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, founder and Chief Editor of INSURGE intelligence, provides important analysis of a recently-released US goverment document [external PDF] obtained by Judical Watch, arguing that it shows that "Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad."

According to Dr. Ahmed's analysis, the document reveals:

  • That the West co-ordinated with the Gulf states and Turkey to sponsor violent Islamist groups in order to destabilise Assad, and that these "supporting powers" desired the emergence of a "Salafist Principality" in Syria to "isolate the Syrian regime".
  • That the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the 'Islamic State' as a direct consequence of this strategy, and warned that it could destabilise Iraq.

Nevertheless, argues Dr. Ahmed, the document provides "no indication of any decision to reverse the policy of support to the Syrian rebels. On the contrary, the emergence of an al-Qaeda affiliated “Salafist Principality” as a result is described as a strategic opportunity to isolate Assad."


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