A move by the United States to prevent its Arab allies from helping the Kurds battle the Islamic State is being characterized as a lack of strategic leadership over what the establishment media calls “the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.”
From The Telegraph today:
High level officials from Gulf and other states have told this newspaper that all attempts to persuade Mr Obama of the need to arm the Kurds directly as part of more vigorous plans to take on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have failed. The Senate voted down one attempt by supporters of the Kurdish cause last month.
For months now the government of Iraq and a large number of Iraqis have accused the United States of aiding and abetting the terrorist army.
“We all know that America is providing ISIS with weapons and food, and that it is because of American backing that they have become so strong,” an Iraq told The Wall Street Journal on June 25.
The Journal dismissed the opinion as an “outlandish” conspiracy theory despite a wealth of information to the contrary:
Such conspiracy theories about America’s support for Islamic State are outlandish, no doubt. But they are so widespread that they now represent a political reality with real-world consequences—making it harder for the U.S. and allies to cobble together Iraqi forces that could regain the country’s Sunni heartland from Islamic State’s murderous rule one day.
In December Iranian state media claimed U.S. military aircraft dropped weapons in areas held by the Islamic State following previous accusations.
“Iraqi intelligence sources reiterated that the US military planes have airdropped several aid cargoes for ISIL terrorists to help them resist the siege laid by the Iraqi army, security and popular forces,” a report issued in November by Iraqi intelligence sources stated.
“What is important is that the US sends these weapons to only those that cooperate with the Pentagon and this indicates that the US plays a role in arming the ISIL.”
In March the Fars News agency reported “A group of Iraqi popular forces known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi shot down a US Army helicopter that was carrying weapons for the ISIL in the western parts of Al-Baqdadi region in Al-Anbar province” in late February.
A video was also released claiming to show a US Chinook helicopter dropping two boxes full of weapons for ISIS by flying at a low altitude in an extremist controlled area south of Fallujah. The footage is said to have been filmed by the Iraq-based Hezbollah Brigades.