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How The US Empowered Terrorists in Syria.

This article is cross posted with permission from Global Research News.

Hours after the Feb. 3 U.S. military raid in northern Syria that left the leader of ISIS and

multiple family members dead, President Biden delivered a triumphant White House


The late-night Special Forces operation in Syria’s Idlib province, Biden proclaimed, was a

“testament to America’s reach and capability to take out terrorist threats no matter

where they hide around the world.”

Unmentioned by the president, and virtually all media accounts of the assassination, was

the critical role that top members of his administration played during the Obama years in

creating the Al Qaeda-controlled hideout where ISIS head Abu Ibrahim al-Qurayshi, as well

as his slain predecessor, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, found their final refuge.

In waging a multi-billion dollar covert war in support of the insurgency against Syrian

President Bashar al-Assad, top Obama officials who now serve under Biden made it

American policy to enable and arm terrorist groups that attracted jihadi fighters from across

the globe. This regime change campaign, undertaken one decade after Al Qaeda attacked

the U.S. on 9/11, helped a sworn U.S. enemy establish the Idlib safe haven that it still

controls today.

A concise articulation came from Jake Sullivan to his then-State Department boss Hillary

Clinton in a February 2012 email: “AQ [Al Qaeda] is on our side in Syria.”

Sullivan, the current national security adviser, is one of many officials who oversaw the Syria

proxy war under Obama to now occupy a senior post under Biden. This group includes

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, climate envoy John Kerry, USAID Administrator Samantha

Power, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, NSC Middle East coordinator Brett

McGurk, and State Department Counselor Derek Chollet. Their efforts to remake the Middle East via regime change, not just in Syria but earlier in Libya, led to the deaths of Americans – including Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. officials in Benghazi in 2012; the slaughter of countless civilians; the creation of millions of refugees; and ultimately, Russia’s entry into the Syrian battlefield.

Contacted through their current U.S. government agencies, none of the Obama-Biden principals offered comment on their policy of supporting an Al Qaeda-dominated insurgencies in Syria.

The Obama-Biden team’s record in Syria resonates today as many of its members handle

the unfolding crisis in Ukraine. As in Syria, the U.S. is flooding a chaotic war zone with

weapons in a dangerous proxy conflict with Russia, with long-term ramifications that are

impossible to foresee. “I deeply worry that what’s going to happen next is that we will see

Ukraine turn into Syria,” Democratic Senator Chris Coons told CBS News on April 17.

Based on declassified documents, news reports, and scattered admissions of U.S. officials,

this overlooked history of how the Obama-Biden team’s effort to oust the Assad regime – in

concert with allies including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey – details the series of discrete

decisions that ultimately led the U.S. to empower terror networks bent on its destruction.

Seizing Momentum and Munitions – From Libya to Pursue Regime Change in Syria.

The road to Al Qaeda’s control of the Syrian province of Idlib actually started hundreds of

miles across the Mediterranean in Libya.

In March 2011, after heavy lobbying from senior officials including Secretary Hillary Clinton,

President Obama authorized a bombing campaign in support of the jihadist insurgency

fighting the government of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Backed by NATO firepower, the

rebels toppled Gaddafi and gruesomely murdered him in October.

Buoyed by their quick success in Libya, the Obama administration set their sights on

Damascus, by then a top regime change target in Washington. According to former NATO

commander Wesley Clark, the Assad regime – a key ally of U.S. foes Iran, Hezbollah, and

Russia – was marked for overthrow alongside Iraq in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. A

leaked 2006 U.S. Embassy in Damascus cable assessed that Assad’s “vulnerabilities”

included “the potential threat to the regime from the increasing presence of transiting

Islamist extremists,” and detailed how the U.S. could “improve the likelihood of such

opportunities arising.”

The outbreak of the Syrian insurgency in March 2011, coupled with the fall of Gaddafi,

offered the U.S. a historic opportunity to exploit Syria’s vulnerabilities. While the Arab Spring

sparked peaceful Syrian protests against the ruling Ba’ath party’s cronyism and repression,

it also triggered a largely Sunni, rural-based revolt that took a sectarian and violent turn.

The U.S. and its allies, namely Qatar and Turkey, capitalized by tapping the massive arsenal

of the newly ousted Libyan government.

“During the immediate aftermath of, and following the uncertainty caused by, the

downfall of the [Gaddafi] regime in October 2011,” the Defense Intelligence Agency

reported the following year, “…weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles

located in Benghazi, Libya were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya, to the ports of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria.”

The redacted DIA document, obtained by the group Judicial Watch, does not specify whether

the U.S. was directly involved in these shipments. But it contains significant clues. With

remarkable specificity, it detailed the size and contents of one such shipment in August

2012: 500 sniper rifles, 100 rocket-propelled grenade launchers with 300 rounds, and 400

howitzer missiles.

Most tellingly, the document noted that the weapons shipments were halted “in early

September 2012.” This was a clear reference to the killing by militants that month of four

Americans – Ambassador Christopher Stevens, another State Department official, and two

CIA contractors – in Benghazi, the port city where the weapons to Syria were coming from.

The Benghazi annex “was at its heart a CIA operation,” U.S. officials told the Wall Street

Journal. At least two dozen CIA employees worked in Benghazi under diplomatic cover.

Although top intelligence officials obscured the Benghazi operation in sworn testimony

before the House Intelligence Committee, a Senate investigation eventually confirmed a

direct CIA role in the movement of weapons from Libya to Syria. A classified version of a

2014 Senate report, not publicly released, documented an agreement between President

Obama and Turkey to funnel weapons from Libya to insurgents in Syria. The operation,

established in early 2012, was run by then-CIA Director David Petraeus.

“The [Benghazi] consulate’s only mission was to provide cover for the moving of arms”

to Syria, a former U.S. intelligence official told journalist Seymour Hersh in the London

Review of Books. “It had no real political role.”

The Death of a U.S. Ambassador

J. Christopher Stevens — United States ambassador to Libya from June 7, 2012 until

killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, on September 12, 2012.

Under diplomatic cover, Stevens appears to have been a significant figure in the CIA

program. More than one year before he became ambassador in June 2012, Stevens was

appointed the U.S. liaison to the Libyan opposition. In this role, he worked with the Al

Qaeda-tied Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and its leader, Abdelhakim Belhadj, a warlord who fought alongside Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. After Gaddafi’s ouster, Belhadj was named head of the Tripoli Military Council, which controlled security in the country’s capital.

Belhadj’s portfolio was not limited to post-coup Libya. In November 2011, the Al Qaeda ally

traveled to Turkey to meet with leaders of the Free Syrian Army, the CIA-backed opposition

military coalition. Belhadj’s trip came as part of the new Libyan government’s effort to

provide “money and weapons to the growing insurgency against Bashar al-Assad,” the

London Telegraph reported at the time. On September 14, 2012 – just three days after

Stevens and his American colleagues were killed – the London Times revealed that a Libyan

vessel “carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria since the uprising began,”

had recently docked in the Turkish port of Iskenderun. Once unloaded, “most of its cargo is

making its way to rebels on the front lines.”

The known details of Stevens’ last hours on September 11 suggest that shipping weapons

was at the top of his agenda. Although based in Tripoli and facing violent threats, he

nonetheless made the dangerous trek to Benghazi around the fraught anniversary of 9/11.

According to a 2016 report from the House Intelligence Committee, one of Stevens’ last

scheduled meetings was with the head of al-Marfa Shipping and Maritime Services

Company, a Libyan firm involved in ferrying weapons to Syria. His final meeting of the day

was with Consul General Ali Sait Akin of Turkey, where the weapons were shipped. Fox News

later reported that “Stevens was in Benghazi to negotiate a weapons transfer.”

With the Libyan channel shut down by Stevens’ murder, the U.S. and its allies turned to

other sources. One was Croatia, where Saudi Arabia financed a major weapons purchase in

late 2012that was arranged by the CIA.

The CIA’s use of the Saudi kingdom’s vast coffers continued an arrangement from prior

covert proxy wars, including the arming of the mujahideen in Afghanistan and of the Contras

in Nicaragua.

Although the Obama administration claimed that the weapons funneled to Syria were

intended for “moderate rebels,” they ultimately ended up in the hands of a jihadi-dominated

insurgency. Just one month after the Benghazi attack, the New York Times reported that

“hard-line Islamic jihadists,” including groups “with ties or affiliations with Al Qaeda,” have

received “the lion’s share of the arms shipped to the Syrian opposition.”

Covertly Arming An Al Qaeda-Dominated Insurgency.

The Obama administration did not need media accounts to learn that jihadists dominated

the Syrian insurgency on the receiving end of a CIA supply chain.

One month before the Benghazi attack, Pentagon intelligence analysts gave the White

House a blunt appraisal. An August 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency report, disseminated

widely among U.S. officials, noted that “Salafi[s], the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI [Al

Qaeda in Iraq] are the major forces driving the insurgency.” Al Qaeda, the report stressed,

“supported the Syrian opposition from the beginning.” Their aim was to create a “Salafist

principality in eastern Syria” – an early warning of the ISIS caliphate that would be

established two years later.

General Michael Flynn, who headed the DIA at the time, later recalled that his staff “got

enormous pushback” from the Obama White House. “I felt that they did not want to hear the truth,” Flynn said. In 2015, one year after Flynn was forced out, dozens of Pentagon intelligence analysts signed on to a complaint alleging that top Pentagon intelligence officials were “cooking the books” to paint a rosier picture of the jihadi presence in Syria.

(The Pentagon later cleared CENTCOM commanders of wrongdoing.)

The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the main CIA-backed insurgent force, also informed Obama

officials of the jihadi dominance in their ranks. “From the reports we get from the doctors,”

FSA officials told the State Department in November 2012, “most of the injured and dead

FSA are Jabhat al-Nusra, due to their courage and [the fact they are] always at the front


Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front) is Al Qaeda’s franchise in Syria. It emerged as a splinter

group of Al Qaeda in Iraq after a falling out between AQI leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and

his then-deputy, Mohammed al-Jolani. In 2013, Baghdadi relaunched his organization under

the name of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Jolani led his Syria-based Al Qaeda faction

under the black flag of al-Nusra.

“While rarely acknowledged explicitly in public,” Charles Lister, a Gulf state-funded analyst

in close contact with Syrian insurgent groups wrote in March 2015, “the vast majority of the

Syrian insurgency has coordinated closely with Al-Qaeda since mid-2012 – and to great

effect on the battlefield.” As one Free Syrian Army leader told the New York Times: “No FSA

faction in the north can operate without al-Nusra’s approval.”

According to David McCloskey, a former CIA analyst who covered Syria in the war’s early

years, U.S. officials knew that “al-Qaeda affiliated groups and Salafi jihadist groups were the

primary engine of the insurgency.” This, McCloskey says, was “a tremendously problematic

aspect of the conflict.”

In his memoir, senior Obama aide Ben Rhodes acknowledged that al-Nusra “was probably

the strongest fighting force within the opposition.” It was also clear, he wrote, that U.S.-

backed insurgent groups were “fighting side by side with al-Nusra.” For this reason, Rhodes

recalled, he argued against the State Department’s December 2012 designation of al-Nusra

as a foreign terrorist organization. This move “would alienate the same people we want to

help.” (Asked about wanting to help an Al Qaeda-dominated insurgency, Rhodes did not


In fact, designating al-Nusra as a terror organization allowed the Obama administration to

publicly claim that it opposed Al Qaeda’s Syria branch while continuing to covertly arm the

insurgency that it dominated. Three months after adding al-Nusra to the terrorism list, the

U.S. and its allies “dramatically stepped up weapons supplies to Syrian rebels” to help

“rebels to try and seize Damascus,” the Associated Press reported in March 2013.

‘There Was No Moderate Middle’

Harvard 2014: Biden goes off-script, revealing the truth of U.S. support for jihadists in Syria.

Despite being privately aware of Nusra’s dominance, Obama administration officials

continued to publicly insist that the U.S. was only supporting Syria’s “moderate opposition,”

as then-Deputy National Security Adviser Antony Blinken described it in September 2014.

But speaking to a Harvard audience days later, then-Vice President Biden blurted out the

concealed reality. In the Syrian insurgency, “there was no moderate middle,” Biden

admitted. Instead, U.S. “allies” in Syria “poured hundreds of millions of dollars and

thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad.” Those weapons

were supplied, Biden said, to “al-Nusra, and Al-Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis

coming from other parts of the world.”

Biden quickly apologized for his comments, which appeared to fit the classic definition of the

Kinsley gaffe: a politician inadvertently telling the truth. Biden’s only error was omitting his

administration’s critical role in helping its allies arm the jihadis.

Rather than shut down a CIA program that was aiding the Al Qaeda-dominated insurgency,

Obama expanded it. In April 2013, the president signed an order that amended the CIA’s

covert war, codenamed Timber Sycamore, to allow direct U.S. arming and training. After

tapping Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar to fund its arms pipeline for insurgents inside Syria,

Obama’s order allowed the CIA to directly furnish U.S.-made weapons. Just as with the

regime change campaign in Libya, a key architect of this operation was Hillary Clinton.

Obama’s upgraded proxy war in Syria proved to be “one of the costliest covert action

programs in the history of the C.I.A.,” the New York Times reported in 2017. Documents

leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed a budget of nearly $1 billion per

year, or around $1 of every $15 in CIA spending. The CIA armed and trained nearly 10,000

insurgents, spending “roughly $100,000 per year for every anti-Assad rebel who has gone

through the program,” U.S. officials told the Washington Post in 2015. Two years later, one

U.S. official estimated that CIA-funded militias “may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian

soldiers and their allies over the past four years.”

But these militias were not just killing pro-Syrian government forces. As the New York Times

reported in April 2017, US-backed insurgents carried out “sectarian mass murder.”

One such act of mass murder came in August 2013, when the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army

joined an al-Nusra and ISIS offensive on Alawite areas of Latakia. A Human Rights

Investigation found that the insurgents engaged in “the systematic killing of entire families,”

slaughtering a documented 190 civilians, including 57 women, 18 children, and 14 elderly

men. In a video from the field, former Syrian army general Salim Idriss, head of the U.S.-

backed Supreme Military Council (SMC), bragged that “we are cooperating to a great extent

in this operation.”

The Latakia massacres came four months after the U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford,

hailed Idriss and his fighters as “the moderate and responsible elements of the armed

opposition.” The role of Idriss’s forces in the slaughter did not cancel the administration’s

endorsement. In October, the Washington Post revealed that the “CIA is expanding a

clandestine effort … aimed at shoring up the fighting power of units aligned with the

Supreme Military Council, an umbrella organization led by [Idriss] that is the main recipient

of U.S. support.”

[After this article was published, RCI received Ford’s email response to our request for

comment. Ford wrote that there was “no question” that the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army

engaged in war crimes but noted, “We denounced [them] publicly at the time and in

private.” Ford said the administration’s official stance that moderates were engaged in the

fight was accurate in light of the facts on the ground. “Our definition of moderates in the

armed opposition,” he wrote, “were people willing to negotiate a peaceful end to the war.”

Officially, the upgraded CIA program barred direct support to al-Nusra or its allies in Syria.

But once U.S. weapons arrived in Syria, the Obama administration recognized that it had no

way of controlling their use – an apparent motive for waging the program covertly. “We

needed plausible deniability in case the arms got into the hands of al-Nusra,” a former

senior administration official told the New York Times in 2013.

One area where U.S. arms got into al-Nusra’s hands was the northwestern Syrian province of

Idlib. Al Qaeda leaders would ultimately control and – though the group disputes it – provide

ISIS leaders sanctuary there.

‘Al-Qaeda’s Largest Safe Haven Since 9/11’

In May 2015, an array of insurgent groups, dubbed the Jaish al-Fatah (“Army of Conquest”)

coalition, captured Idlib province from the Syrian government. The fight was led by al-Nusra,

and showcased what Charles Lister, the D.C.-based analyst with contacts to insurgents in

Syria, dubbed “a far improved level of coordination” between rival militants, including the

U.S.-backed FSA and multiple “jihadist factions.”

For Lister, the conquest of Idlib also revealed that the U.S. and its allies “changed their tune

regarding coordination with Islamists.” Citing multiple battlefield commanders, Lister

reported that “the U.S.-led operations room in southern Turkey,” which coordinated support

to U.S.-backed insurgent groups, “was instrumental in facilitating their involvement in the

operation” led by al-Nusra. While the insurgents’ U.S.-led command had previously opposed

“any direct coordination” with jihadist groups, the Idlib offensive “demonstrated something

different,” Lister concluded: To capture the province, U.S. officials “specifically encouraged a

closer cooperation with Islamists commanding frontline operations.”

The U.S.-approved battlefield cooperation in Idlib allowed al-Nusra fighters to directly benefit

from U.S. weapons. Despite occasional flare-ups between them, al-Nusra was able to use

U.S.-backed insurgent groups “as force multipliers,” the Institute for the Study of War, a

prominent D.C. think tank, observed when the battle began. Insurgent military gains,

Foreign Policy reported in April 2015, were achieved “thanks in large part to suicide

bombers and American anti-tank TOW missiles.”

The jihadist-led victory in Idlib quickly subjected its residents to sectarian terror. In June

2015, al-Nusra fighters massacred at least 20 members of the Druze faith. Hundreds of

villagers spared in the attack were forced to convert to Sunni Islam. Facing the same

threats, nearly all of Idlib’s remaining 1,200 Christians fled the province, leaving a Christian

population that reportedly totals just three people today.

In a 2017 post-mortem on the Obama administration’s covert war in Syria, the New York

Times described the insurgents’ conquest of Idlib as among the CIA program’s “periods of

success.” This was certainly the case for Al Qaeda.

“Idlib Province,” Brett McGurk, the anti-ISIS envoy under Obama and Trump, and now

Biden’s top White House official for the Middle East, said in 2017, “is the largest Al Qaeda

safe haven since 9/11.”

U.S. Allows ISIS Takeover

Al Qaeda is not the only sectarian death squad that managed to establish a safe haven in

the chaos of the Syria proxy war. Starting in 2013, al-Nusra’s sister-turned-rival group, ISIS, seized considerable territory of its own. As with Al Qaeda, ISIS’ land-grab in Syria received significant backdoor assist from Washington.

Before Al Qaeda captured Idlib, the first ISIS stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, grew out of a similar

alliance between U.S.-backed “moderate rebels” and jihadis. After this coalition seized the

city from the Syrian government in March 2013, ISIS took full control in November.

When ISIS declared its caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq in June 2014, the U.S. launched an

air campaign against the group’s strongholds. But the Obama administration’s anti-ISIS

offensive contained a significant exception. In key areas where ISIS’s advance could

threaten the Assad regime, the U.S. watched it happen.

In April 2015, just as al-Nusra was conquering Idlib, ISIS seized major parts of the Yarmouk

refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, marking what the New York Times called the

group’s “greatest inroads yet” into the Syrian capital.

In the ancient city of Palmyra, the U.S. allowed an outright ISIS takeover. “[A]s Islamic State

closed in on Palmyra, the U.S.-led aerial coalition that has been pummeling Islamic State in

Syria for the past 18 months took no action to prevent the extremists’ advance toward the

historic town – which, until then, had remained in the hands of the sorely overstretched

Syrian security forces,” the Los Angeles Times reported in March 2016.

In a leaked conversation with Syrian opposition activists months later, then-Secretary of

State John Kerry explained the U.S. rationale for letting ISIS advance.

“Daesh [ISIS] was threatening the possibility of going to Damascus and so forth,” Kerry

explained. “And we know that this was growing. We were watching. We saw that Daesh was

growing in strength, and we thought Assad was threatened. We thought, however, we could

probably manage, that Assad would then negotiate” his way out of power.

In short, the U.S. was leveraging ISIS’s growth to impose regime change on Syrian President

Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S. strategy of “watching” ISIS’s advance in Syria, Kerry also admitted, directly caused

Russia’s 2015 entry into the conflict. The threat of an ISIS takeover, Kerry said, is “why

Russia went in. Because they didn’t want a Daesh government.”

Russia’s military intervention in Syria prevented the ISIS government in Damascus that

Kerry and fellow Obama administration principals had been willing to risk. Pulverizing

Russian airstrikes also dealt a fatal blow to the Al Qaeda-dominated insurgency that the

Obama team had spent billions of dollars to support.

From U.S. Enemy to ‘Asset’ in Syria

With U.S.-backed fighters vanquished and one of their main champions, Hillary Clinton,

defeated in the November 2016 election, the CIA operation in Syria met what the New York

Times called a “sudden death.” After criticizing the proxy war in Syria on the campaign trail,

President Trump shut down the Timber Sycamore program for good in July 2017.

“It turns out it’s – a lot of al-Qaeda we’re giving these weapons to,” Trump told the Wall

Street Journal that month.

With the exit of the Obama-Biden team, the U.S. was no longer fighting on Al Qaeda’s side.

But that did not mean that the U.S. was prepared to confront the enemy that it had helped

install in Idlib.

While Trump put an end to the CIA proxy war, his efforts to further extricate the U.S. from

Syria by withdrawing troops were thwarted by senior officials who shared the preceding

administration’s regime change goals.

“When President Trump said ‘I want everybody out of Syria,’ the top brass at Pentagon and

State had aneurysms,” Christopher Miller, the Acting Secretary of Defense during Trump’s

last months in office, recalls.

Jim Jeffrey, Trump’s envoy for Syria, admitted to deceiving the president in order to keep in

place “a lot more than” the 200 U.S. troops that Trump had reluctantly agreed to. “We were

always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had

there,” Jeffrey told Defense One. Those “shell games” have put U.S. soldiers in harm’s way,

including four servicemembers recently wounded in a rocket attack on their base in

northeastern Syria.

While thwarting a full U.S. troop withdrawal, Jeffrey and other senior officials have also

preserved the U.S. government’s tacit alliance with Idlib’s Al-Qaeda rulers. Officially, al-

Nusra remains on the U.S. terrorism list. Despite several name changes, the State

Department has dismissed its rebranding efforts as a “vehicle to advance its position in the

Syrian uprising and to further its own goals as an al-Qa’ida affiliate.”

But in practice, as Jeffrey explained last year, the U.S. has treated Al-Nusra as “an asset” to

U.S. strategy in Syria. “They are the least bad option of the various options on Idlib, and Idlib

is one of the most important places in Syria, which is one of the most important places right

now in the Middle East,” he said. Jeffrey also revealed that he had communicated with al-

Nusra leader Mohammed al-Jolani via “indirect channels.”

Jeffrey’s comments underscore a profound shift in the U.S. government’s Middle East

strategy as a result of the Syria proxy war: The Syrian branch of Al Qaeda, the terror group

that attacked the U.S. on 9/11, and which then became the target of a global war on terror

aimed at destroying it, is no longer seen by powerful officials in Washington as an enemy,

but an “asset.”

Since retaking office under Biden, the Obama veterans who targeted Syria with one of the

most expensive covert wars in history have deprioritized the war-torn nation. While pledging

to maintain crippling sanctions and keep U.S. troops at multiple bases, as well as

announcing sporadic airstrikes, the White House has otherwise said little publicly about its

Syria policy. The U.S. military raid that ended ISIS leader al-Qurayshi’s life in February

prompted the only Syria-focused speech of Biden’s presidency.

While Biden trumpeted the lethal operation, the fact that it occurred in Idlib underscores a

contradiction that his administration has yet to address. By taking out an ISIS leader in Al

Qaeda’s Syria stronghold, the president and his top officials are now confronting threats

from a terror safe haven that they helped create.


A Research Paper on the Jurisprudence of Jihad: Masīrah Shahr: “Unicity of God and Fighting: The Jurisprudence of Jihād”.on August 29, 2017.By Wade A. Bailey:Social Cultural Worker, author, journalist, studied Social Case Work, Anthropology, and Psychology at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, Netherlands.This Paper is a part of a teaching series from foundation Soualiga Youth on Jihad. Iam a senior researcher at the foundation.

Western media, counter terrorism ‘experts’, governments and other institutions are increasingly pushing the narrative, that jihadism is mainly a criminal problem ignoring the belief and value system that jihadist’s draw their ideology from, that system is Islam, ignoring that fact has and will continue to lead to chaos. There are explicit Koranic references to jihad, and it is part and parcel of Islamic history and culture. The following is from Masīrah Shahr: 
Unicity of God and Fighting: The Jurisprudence of Jihād”: ‘  This treatise is based on the six part lecture series entitled: „Tawhīd wa‟l-Qitāl‟,delivered by Shaykh Hārith an-Nadhāri, may Allāh accept him. It is centered around the Hadīth: The Messenger of Allāh said: “I have been ordered to fight against the people until they testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allāh and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allāh…” Based upon this Hadīth, the Shaykh has derived various benefits relating to Tawhīd and Jihād. In addition, a number of the legal rulings (Ahkām2) pertaining to Jihād have been included within the Shaykh‟s lectures on this topic.

The significance of this topic cannot be overstated, especially for the Mujāhidīn. As it is Wājib (compulsory) for the Muslim today to wage Jihād, it also becomes Wājib for him to have knowledge of the Islamic rulings surrounding Jihād, and train and prepare himself to engage in Jihād. As Allāh says: And prepare against them whatever you are able… 3 Likewise, the principle in Fiqh states, „that which is required to fulfill a Wājib is itself Wājib,‟ therefore in order for the Muslim to avoid being like those who Allāh described as those who are astray 4 he must precede his actions with knowledge.
Due to the efforts of those who wish to undermine and distort the pristine teachings of Islām, the worship of Jihād and all of the issues surrounding it, have been largely obscured from the Muslims. We find that Islāmic books and lectures are filled with every issue, big and small, detailing the intricacies and finer points of every act of „Ibādah under the sun, however, the Muslim is hard pressed to find a single book or lecture giving Jihād the justice it deserves, especially in the English language. This is despite the command of Allāh: So fight, [O Muhammad], in the cause of Allāh; you are not held responsible except for yourself. And incite the believers…  Once the Prophet migrated to Madinah, he waged Jihād until he returned to Allāh, and likewise, his companions raised and carried on his blessed banner until Allāh opened for them the kingdoms and treasures of the Byzantines and the Persians. The early believers were the deepest in knowledge and closest in their connection to Allāh the Exalted, and they never left Jihād or abandoned their longing for Martyrdom in the cause of Allāh. So much so that Allāh‟s Messenger, the one who was free from sin, even ardently desired Martyrdom for himself, despite the fact that Allāh had promised to protect him from all of his enemies.

 He wished, “In the name of whom Muhammad‟s soul is in His Hand, I wish I could fight in the cause of Allāh and then be killed, and then fight and then be killed, and then fight and then be killed.”  However, with the deepest regret, we find that many of the Muslims today wishes and aspirations could not be further from those of the Prophet and his trustworthy companions.


St Peters-Sint Maarten: Yesterday on Trinidad (August 9, 2017,) officers of the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit (CGIU) the Southern Division and the Canine Branch, conducted an anti-crime exercise in Couva between 5 am and noon on Wednesday.

More than 800 rounds of ammunition and nine guns were found by police in Couva yesterday.

According to reports, officers of the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit (CGIU, the Southern Division and the Canine Branch conducted an anti-crime exercise in Couva between 5 am and noon on Wednesday.
Acting on a tip-off, the officers searched a busy area at Todd’s Road, Milton Village, Couva, and found nine guns, including a Russian-made assault rifle, a Remington rifle outfitted with a scope, an Uzi sub-machine gun and six pistols.

They also found over 800 rounds of assorted ammunition.
Police issued a press release yesterday that stated no arrests had been made in connection with the find, which was described as a major weapons and ammunition haul.

Take note of the extended clips for the pistols and remarkably two or a double drum magazine. Some drum magazines like the Beta C-Mag has a carrying capacity of a hundred rounds, the type of assault rifle shown above and an AK-47, (standard fare on the streets in the Caribbean), can fire up to 600 rounds a minute, an AR-15 another standard weapon for sale throughout the Caribbean on the street level, can fire 25 rounds in 2.5 seconds, with a single drum magazine or a double magazine like the ones shown above a single well trained terrorist like the ones returning from Iraq and Syria to the Caribbean, can wreak havoc on civilians as well a security personnel. The pandemic of gun crime throughout the Caribbean is a facilitator for terror strikes regionally, that can be more terrifying than our worst nightmare. Security organizations regionally have not announced any regional approach to the pending threat, much less a local one. Where are the OAS, OECS, and CARICOM in the face of this 21st-century threat to regional security?


As anyone who reads this BLOG regularly will know I often post on terrorism, particularly as it effects the Caribbean. Presently there are Trinidadian nationals in the Al-Hol camp in Syria, which was set up by the US and the Kurdish Peshmerga, to house ISIS detainees. To date as per the CTC Sentinel, a media organ of the Military Academy at WestPoint in the US, over 50 people have been killed there, it is called a recruitment and breeding ground for the ‘New Islamic State’. There are Caribbean nationals housed there mainly from Trinidad and Guyana, to date there is absolutely no information in the corporate media concerning their plight, here is a piece that I posted in 2017, which sheds light on why Caribbean citizens travelled, to Iraq and Syria to fight and die for the Islamic State.

Photo courtesy of Islamic State: Rumiyah #12 showing an IS sniper.

The following is from Rumiyah #12 the Islamic States online magazine, this issue as with #11, mentions the paramount leader of ISIS Amirul Mumineen in the present tense, indicating that he is still alive. The following sentence is in reference to a Doctor in the Islamic State he was killed in an airstrike, his wife was killed that same day and in a subsequent sentence the leader of IS, was mentioned: “I heard the news that the amir of the Diwan of Health, Dr. ‘Abdullah, was killed after he charged towards the enemies of Allah alone in the neighborhood of Shifa. So may Allah accept him and unite him with his wife, who was killed as a result of mortar strikes on the Old City on the same day that her husband was killed – and we consider that Allah responded to the du’a of our shaykh, who would supplicate to Allah that He take both him andhis wife as shuhada together. So how great are you, O knight of the Diwan of Health, and congratulations to Amirul-Muminin for having the likes of these leaders”.

In the same area, I met up with a brother who was a sniper from the Caribbean. He overheard me communicating in English with one of the non-Arab brothers, and so he approached me, attempting to recognize the voice, and when we spoke he said, “Do you need a skilled sniper in that place?” I said to him, “Send him!” And so he sent me his brother and the stepson of his brother, Abu Dharr al-Bosni, who is a mujahid in his prime years of age – 15 years old – from Bosnia Herzegovina. We engaged in conversation with his brother, and I asked him about his path to guidance and how he arrived to the Islamic State. He replied, “I read about jihad in the Quran and contemplated its verses, such as the statement of Allah c, ‘Go forth, whether light or heavy (At-Tawbah 41), at which point I began to search for the path to jihad. When the Islamic State was announced, my brother and I raced towards it, and Allah facilitated for us the path to reach it, and to Him belong all praise and grace.” So I said to him jokingly, “We will return to the Caribbean as conquerors – with Allah’s permission – and eat from your fish, and from its coconuts and bananas.” At which he replied, “Never. I don’t want anything except Jannah.” So I smiled at him, for his words reminded me of the two good outcomes as I was thinking of the second of the two – victory.
That the Caribbean is becoming ubiquitous in Islamic State propaganda, is cause for concern since the Caribbean is the perfect staging ground, for spectacular, shock and awe tactics, that can rival 911 in their scope of devastation and terror. Given the regions porous borders, weak border patrols and the absence of a regional database that identifies terrorist’s from the region, the Caribbean is virgin territory for terrorist attacks and recruitment. Given the vast divide between the poor and wealthy citizens, the disparate levels of education, the widespread corruption of governments, and the human trafficking and illegal narcotics trade throughout the Caribbean, returning fighters who fought with IS in Iraq and Syria, will forever change the power relations regionally between the governments of the region and those seeking to challenge state power. Any narco cartel in the Caribbean and South America will kill, to get men of the type described previously to either join their ranks or to train their soldiers. The future ‘security’ scenario for the Caribbean as a whole is one of chronic insecurity.   

The Balkinization of The Middle East.

This post is more relevant than when, I first wrote it in 2014, as an article for a local publication here in Sint Maarten.John Negroponte is called one of the modern architects of the Balkinization process, in the Middle East. Negroponte is a 1980’s US Ambassador to Honduras.

Above John Negroponte stands in the middle of his bodyguards, all of them US military operatives.

Many journalists and writers have referred to  Negroponte as a ‘Death Squad Specialist’. A revealing article by Patrick Henningsen, Global Research,  November 2, 2014,  described Negroponte as Washington’s man in Latin America, who controlled the CIA backed Contra rebels. What follows is a direct quote from Henningsen: ‘Through cocaine and narcotics trafficking these paramilitary gangs were also able, to fund their conquest to destabilize and terrorize Nicaraguans. ‘So it was no surprise when Negroponte showed up as US Ambassador in Baghdad Iraq, in 2004, and Islamic death squads began appearing in Iraq featuring some of the most brutal sectarian violence to date’ end quote.
The article went even further and accused, Robert S. Ford US Ambassador to Syria, of being the instrument of the US, in facilitating the attacks of the ‘peaceful protesters’, against the Syrian regime: ‘Soon after Ford’s arrival, western-backed Flash Mobs and targeted violence against Syrian police and military erupted in parts of Syria’ end quote.
The war in Syria at present (2014) that is still ongoing), is not limited to Syria it will encompass the broader Middle East, Central Asian region extending from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border with China. The countries previously mentioned will be engulfed in an extended war. A war on Syria could evolve towards a US-NATO led military campaign against Iran, in which Israel and Turkey would be directly involved.
John Negroponte is a name not often mentioned in the corporate media, yet he remains a highly divisive figure,. If the various media are to be believed Negroponte is a dangerous individual who should be imprisoned not running around the world organizing Death Squads. I will examine Negroponte even further here, since any reportage on Syria even of minimal depth will at some point, consist of an analysis of Negroponte in the context of the architects of the present war in Syria. As I have shown in many articles and Blog post’s previously, the war in Syria was in the pipeline since the 1990s, the present US-engineered war in Syria then is part of said agenda, and its architects are the top people in the US military and intelligence apparatus respectively.

Figure: A map showing the countries of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria the theater of the present war in Syria. The policy of the United States government’s top people, in the Middle East, is one of balkanization, through fueling sectarian violence which they then dub, ‘uprisings’, like the US-engineered ‘Arab Spring’. The Syrian sectarian war will be used by the US-led NATO States as a pretext to engineer a broader war, which will be dubbed a ‘Humanitarian Crisis’. The ultimate goal being war with Iran, with the end game being regime change in Iran, placing the world in Biblically fulfilled prophecy.
Within the context of the architects of the modern balkanization of the Middle East, another interesting figure who consistently appears on the investigative radar is Robert Stephen Ford.
This post will be continued in part III of a series of posts of the same name. Regular readers feel free to click on some ADS, by doing so you support my efforts and help me to grow the Blog. Till the next one. Bless.


The false narrative crafted by the Trump administration and other western governments, that the Islamic State was all but defeated was being rebutted by their own intelligence agencies, since 2018. Even the CIA and other such agencies, consistently refuted the narrative put forth, by their own governments that the ISIS threat no longer existed.  That narrative is increasingly ringing hollow, as yet another headline from the corporate media shows, the following is the latest from one such outlet, The Jerusalem Post.   

‘Three years after ISIS appeared to be on its last legs in Iraq and Syria it has seized a city in Mozambique. The city is called Mocimboa da Praia and now there are fears it may have a foothold that is growing in the country. This slow process of ISIS radicalization has taken place for a year or more. However, it was largely dismissed as fear mongering. Now the group has infiltrated, and some are concerned that it may be on the cusp of a larger offensive. Much like in the ISIS offensive in Iraq in the summer of 2014 the attacks in southeast Africa have displaced hundreds of thousands. There are questions about how the port city might be re-taken by security forces.  The port now affects the whole of Cabo Delgado province. This is in northern Mozambique. The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned of a humanitarian crisis that may grow. While some still argue that ISIS is not actually causing or driving the war here, but it is instead just inequality and poverty, the kinds of images from Mozambique look like the same Islamist insurgencies in Nigeria or Somalia or other areas. While the international community is distracted by COVID-19 and major powers like the US no longer play a role in coordinating efforts like concentrating on these kinds of emergencies, ISIS can thrive in the margins.’

New statement from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s Zabīh Allah Mujāhid: “Remarks Concerning Trump’s Strategy”.



Finally the American president Trump announced his strategy and has called for continued presence of occupying forces while labeling Afghanistan as a threat to America.


It seems America is not yet ready to end the longest war in its history. Instead of trying to understand ground realities, they still arrogantly believe in their force and might.

However the Afghans have been tested by the American forces over the past sixteen years. So long as a single American soldier remains in our homeland and American leaders continue treading the path of war, we shall also sustain our Jihad against them with lofty spirits, absolute determination, and additional firmness.


Freeing the land of Afghanistan from the American occupation is our religious obligation and national duty. We shall remain true to this duty so long as souls remain in our bodies.

America should have thought about withdrawing their troops from Afghanistan instead of continuing the war.


As Trump stated ‘Americans are weary of the long war in Afghanistan’, we shall cast further worry into them and force American officials to accept realities. The Afghan Mujahid nation is neither tired nor will it ever get tired in pursuit of winning their freedom and establishing an Islamic system. If America does not withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the day will not be far when Afghanistan shall transform into a graveyard for the American Empire and the American leaders can understand this concept.


Afghanistan is not a threat to anyone and neither has anyone been harmed from our soil. Baseless allegations and falling under the influence of propaganda by intelligence agencies is in itself the source of all misery and war.


Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Zabihullah Mujahid


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Source: Telegram




Even as Trump troubles Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Latest Islamic Jamaat unsheathes its Scimitar.

Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind.


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. All praise is due to Allah Azza wa Jalla.


And blessings and peace be upon the Prophet who said: “There are two groups of my Ummah whom Allah will protect from the fire: a group who will conquer India and a group who will be with Issa ibn Maryam (peace be upon him)”.

Today we announce from the peaks of Pir Panchal that jihad e-Kashmir is free from the influence of all Taghooti (tyrannical)   agencies.  And a new jihadi Jamaat ul-Hindi has been formed.

The formation of Jamaat ul-Hindi will inshallah safe guard the jihad in Kashmir and with Allah’s help, we will take this jihad to the farthest corner of India, and this jihad, with Allah’s permission, will be the sour of victory in Kashmir and India.

Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hindi is not on any different manhaj other than a vow of the sons of the Ummah that truth will be victorious.


Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hindi is part of the same message that every mujahid of Kashmir has shed his blood and that message is: “There is no God but Allah and Muhammed is his Prophet”.

Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hindi will only work for the interests of Jihad.

We invite all the Muslims of Kashmir and the world for jihad against India, and hope that they will strengthen this jihad with their lives and money.

Mujahideen fighting for Allah in any part of the world are our brothers.


The following are the objectives given for the formation of the organization.


This Tandheem is based on calling towards Tawheed: (there is no God but Allah and Muhammed is his Prophet), rejection of polytheism and its people and disavowal of all its false idols.

This Tandheem is bound to the religion of al-el-Sunnah- wal Jamah in its Aqeedah and Manhaj , principles and corollaries, differences and commandments and issues.

This Tandheem is an independent Tandheem and all its decisions will be taken under the guidance of its Shura committee in accordance with the pious predecessors and the fatwas and guidance of righteous Ulema.

This Tandheem considers jihad fisabillah to be fard-ayn (obligatory) for the implementation of Sharia, and considers fighting apostates and infidels according to ones capabilities and capacity an act of righteousness.

Our jihad is not for nationhood or nationalism, nor is it for implementation of kufr resolutions of greater tawghut (tyrant), nor is it for the implementation of a plebiscite. Our jihad is not to seek liberation from one tyrant and merge with another; our jihad is loftier than this. We perform jihad so that Allah’s word will be established and that the religion will be for Allah alone (sovereign).

This Tandheem is not a regional Tandheem which stops at man-made borders, but every member of ahl-e-Sunnah with the Aqeedah of Tawheed can join this Tandheem; regardless of race or tribe.

This Tandheem considers guidance, patronage and following of the leaders of jihad. This Tandheem will put in its best efforts in accordance with the Shariah. And in cases of transgressions seeks forgiveness from Allah and Muslims.

This Tandheem apart from fighting against infidels and apostates, will also engage in proselytization and advice.

This Tandheem rejects every system of governance outside of Shariah.

Our targets are the Indian army, police and every person whether overtly or covertly involved in the oppression of Muslims I India and Kashmir.  Our  final call is all praises are due to Allah.




Trinidad Islamic State citizen Shane Crawford on UN terror list.



In another monumental blunder, the corporate media in Trinidad is reporting once again on Shane Crawford, as a living person after they already claimed that he was killed in an airstrike in Syria.  If Crawford is alive the very real threat that he poses to the Caribbean cannot be stressed on enough, if he is dead he is already a beacon to likeminded Caribbean citizens to emulate. Read the latest on Crawford in the following.






Trinidadian Shane Crawford is on a United Nations Terrorism Sanctions List for, joining terrorists fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis).


The Office of the Attorney General in a statement yesterday stated that the UN Security Council had established a committee referred to as ISIL and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee which imposed sanctions against Crawford on August 18.


Crawford, who also goes by the name Abu Sa’d a Trinidadi, appeared in an ISIS recruitment video last year where he called on Muslims in Trinidad to commit acts of violence against “non-believers”.


Crawford, the release stated was listed following a proposal submitted by the T&T Government.


The AG, having obtained an order from the High Court of T&T on March 31, declared Crawford a listed entity and ordered that his funds be frozen pursuant to the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act.


In September 2015, there were no listings which reflected poorly in the 4th Round Mutual Evaluation of T&T by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force.


The Attorney General confirmed that other applications under the Anti-Terrorism Act are currently before the courts and that further listings and other actions are under consideration.


The addition of Crawford to the ISIL & Al-Qaida Sanctions List is thus another significant step in T&T’s contribution to the fight against global terror,” the release stated.



Abrogation and the Verse of the Sword: Countering Extremists’ Justification for Violence.

The following is Quranic exegesis and theological examination by Mahfuh Halimi, within the precept of abrogation, Halimi wrongfully identifies abrogation as a concept within Islamic doctrine. Abrogation is a principle and is fundamental to Islamic teaching. I examined the precept of al-Wala wal-Baraa, in a previous post of the same name click here to read more:

Read Halimi’s exegesis in the following, owing to the length of the exegesis I will extend the post till the end, in several parts this is PART 1:

Mahfuh Halimi

Muslim extremist groups and ideologues have distorted the original discussion among

scholars on the concept of abrogation and the Qurānic verse of the sword to legitimize

hostile relations with people of other faiths. Their misrepresentation has to be countered

by reaffirming that the verses of the Qur’ān advocating peace, tolerance, compassion

and forgiveness are never abrogated and are in fact, the basis for relations between

Muslims and non-Muslims.


Muslim extremists such as Muhammad„ Abdus Salam Faraj and the terrorist group, the so-called Islamic State (IS), have distorted the concept of abrogation, and the verse of the sword (hostilities towards polytheists) into a purportedly divinely mandated call for offensive global „jihad‟(warfare).

A 2012 study on „How Islamist Extremists Quote the Qur‟an‟ showed that there “is the near absence of the well-known „Verse of the Sword‟ from the extremist texts”.

However, in instances when Muslim extremists used the verse of the sword, they have argued that the verse abrogates more than one hundred other verses of the Qur‟ān that advise or advocate peace, co-existence, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness as the basis for relations between Muslims and other faiths.

This study examines how Muslim extremists have misapplied the theory of abrogation and the verse of the sword when the Qur‟ān does1 Jeffry R. Halverson, R. Bennett Furlow, and Steven R. Corman, “How Islamist Extremists Quote the Qur’an,” Centre for Strategic Communication, Arizona State University, Report No. 1202, 09 July2012.

They do not not even specify the verses that have been abrogated. Their claim that the verse of the sword abrogates numerous Qur‟ānic verses cannot be taken as conclusive, especially when the abrogated verses are those that direct Muslims to seek peace, exercise tolerance, and show compassion and forgiveness.


This study posits that Muslim extremists have made erroneous claims on the issue of abrogation by omitting the rich discussion on the subject among Islamic scholars and falsely presenting it as something consensual among the scholars when that is not the case.

There is an extensive body of literature on the issue of abrogation. Many scholars of the Sciences of the Qur‟ān (‘Ulūm al-Qur’ān), Sciences of the Prophetic Tradition (‘Ulūm al- Ḥadith) and Sciences of Islamic Jurisprudence (‘Ulūm al-Fiqh) have written to explain and define abrogation (Naskh).


There have also been numerous attempts to specify the abrogating (Nāsikh) and abrogated

(Mansūkh) Qur‟ānic verses. Sometimes, abrogation has been discussed in the literature as a methodology in resolving apparent contradictions between religious texts (Al Ta‘āruḍ bayna al adillah). There are, however, several requirements that must be satisfied before abrogation can be applied.

Although the literature has explained abrogation in the Qur‟ān, the Prophetic Traditions and Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh), there has been no attempt to relate these to violence and terrorism in the name of religion. Concerns about the opinions expressed by Muslim extremists on abrogation and „The Verse of the Sword‟ or„Āyat al sayf‟ came to the fore following the September 2001 attacks.


This is a part of my teaching series on Islamic theology specifically that which is used by jihadist’s and the clerics, who support and abet jihadist ideology within Islamic thought. Since the Caribbean specifically Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica, Aruba and some South American countries are now seeing their citizens represented in Iraq and Syria, as foreign fighters this post is examining the type of Quranic hadith that is used as a means of strengthening a Muslims resolve to act by physically partaking in terrorist attacks, in the name of the god of Islam Allah, at the behest of Quranic scripture, preached by what the West calls radical Islamic preachers. This post is really minuscule in the theological context of Islamism, what it does serve is an informative tool in establishing Quranic justification for jihadism.