A report in the official propaganda magazine of ISIS this month bemoans the fact that the terror group is losing members because of so called ‘conspiracy theories’ that Western intelligence manipulates and controls extremists for its own agenda.
The International Business Times reports that the magazine, Dabiq, condemns conspiracy theorists, referring to their ideas and beliefs as “sinful”.
“If the mujahedeen liberated territory occupied by the kuffar [infidels], they would say that the kuffar allowed them to do so because kafir [disbelievers] interests’ necessitated a prolonged war,” the article states.
“According to these theorists, almost all the events of the world were somehow linked back to the kuffar, their intelligence agencies, research, technology, and co-conspirators!” the extremist rag proclaims.
“Conspiracy theories have thereby become an excuse to abandon jihad.” the piece, entitled Conspiracy Theory Shirk (Sin), declares.
InfoWars has long highlighted how Al Qaeda and ISIS are, at the very least, used by intelligence agencies in a grand game of geopolitical chess. It is indisputable that Al Qaeda was seeded by the CIA and Saudi intelligence in the late seventies and early eighties.
Clearly, the ISIS propaganda piece was published before it was revealed this week (by Western intelligence) that Osama Bin Laden himself was an avid conspiracy theorist.
According to newly declassified US government documents, around half of Bin Laden’s reading list was made up of titles about general political and intelligence conspiracies, alternative 9/11 theories, as well as literature on secret societies such as the Illuminati.
“In terms of the materials that are there, some of the things that we’ve found to be of note were that bin Laden was probably an avid conspiracy theorist,” an anonymous senior intelligence official told Buzzfeed. “Of the 38 full-length English-language books he had in his possession, about half of them were conspiracy theory books.”
As Infowars noted, Bin Laden being obsessed with literature which disputes the official narrative that he had masterminded the 9/11 attacks makes little sense. If this was the case, Bin Laden would have surely considered the books to be utter nonsense.
It is of course, possible that the reading list is a complete fabrication, among with much of the Bin Laden story line to date. Indeed, that explanation would fit neatly with the ISIS claim that conspiracies are having a detrimental affect on their recruiting drive.
The Dabiq article appears among material praising the failed attack on the ‘draw Mohammed’ Texas cartoon contest, as well as a piece justifying the enslavement and rape of Yazidi women.
Elsewhere in the magazine, the group attempts to lure would be fighters to Iraq and Syria by claiming that IS has its own healthcare system, complete with newly built colleges to study medicine.
The publication also has an article penned by British photojournalist John Cantlie, who is being held hostage by the terror group. In a narrative clearly appealing to ISIS fighters, Cantile slams US foreign policy, and warns that ISIS is growing exponentially.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.