Amnesty International has confirmed that the US and Israel Army gave ISIS $1 billion worth of arms and equipment in Iraq, according to a report.
The data was obtained by the human rights group following a freedom of information request for a 2016 government audit.“This audit provides a worrying insight into the US Army’s flawed — and potentially dangerous system for controlling millions of dollars’ worth of arms transfers to a hugely volatile region,” Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty’s researcher on international arms control, said in a statement. “It makes for especially sobering reading given the long history of leakage of US arms to multiple armed groups committing atrocities in Iraq, including the armed group calling itself the Islamic State.” In 2015, the US and Israel gave $1.57 billion worth of equipment to Iraq to help them fight ISIS through the Iraq Train and Equip Fund.Now it has been revealed they also funded the enemy, providing them with weapons.The Army’s 1st Theater Sustainment Command “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location of [Iraq Train and Equip Fund] equipment on hand in Kuwait and Iraq,” the Pentagon’s inspector general wrote in the audit, The Hill reports.Tens of thousands of assault rifles, hundreds of mortar rounds and armored Humvees were among the equipment given to ISIS in Iraq, Amnesty said.According to Amnesty, the US army’s lack of control over its weapons was also exposed in a 2015 audit.The 2015 audit prompted Congress to commit to keeping a stricter control of its weapons.
Your Newswire reports: Hawaii Rep. Gabbard went to Syria on a secret fact-finding mission to wade through the lies and propaganda and find out what is really happening on the ground.Immediately on her return CNN booked her for an “exclusive” interview – and Gabbard told them exactly what they didn’t want to hear: she has proof the Obama administration was funding ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
Gen. Wesley Clark: “ISIS Got Started With Funding From Our Closest Allies such as Israel”
Many remember General Wesley Clark as the man who almost started World War III by ordering the British to fire on Russian peacekeepers who landed in the Kosovo capital, Pristina, before the Americans. British commander of the international KFOR peacekeeping force, General Sir Mike Jackson, is reported to have replied, “I’m not going to start the third world war for you.”
One of the most interesting things about Gen. Clark, however, is his propensity to blurt fascinating things out every now and again.
Who can forget his interview with Amy Goodman back in 2007 where he revealed that one of the top generals in the Pentagon had showed him a memo from then-defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld not long after the 9/11 attack outlining US global war plans. According to Clark at the time, the general said:
[W]E’RE GOING TO TAKE OUT SEVEN COUNTRIES IN FIVE YEARS, STARTING WITH IRAQ, AND THEN SYRIA, LEBANON, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN AND, FINISHING OFF, IRAN.” I SAID, “IS IT CLASSIFIED?” HE SAID, “YES, SIR.” I SAID, “WELL, DON’T SHOW IT TO ME.” AND I SAW HIM A YEAR OR SO AGO, AND I SAID, “YOU REMEMBER THAT?” HE SAID, “SIR, I DIDN’T SHOW YOU THAT MEMO! I DIDN’T SHOW IT TO YOU!”
Well Clark is back with another very interesting blurt.
Far from a spontaneously-arising root-of-all-evil organization, at least according to General Wesley Clark, ISIS was created and funded by our “closest allies .” As the General said:
ISIS GOT STARTED THROUGH FUNDING FROM OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES… TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH AGAINST HEZBOLLAH.
Which friends and allies, he did not say. But he did suggest that it has become a “Frankenstein monster.”
So the insider, Gen. Wesley Clark, informs us that our closest allies in the Middle East have helped create ISIS — the organization we are spending billions of dollars to fight.
We do know that Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the other Gulf States have long been obsessed with fighting Hezbollah and Assad, and that both are keen to keep the US fighting on their behalf in the region. Could these be who he was thinking about?
Maybe rather than continue to expand the US military presence in the region to fight ISIS, it’s time for the US to have a really good talk with its “allies” in the Middle East.