Following damaging revelations by ace journalist Seymour Hersh that the Osama bin Laden assassination story is a lie, the US government has floated a new story — its commandos killed Abu Sayyaf, a senior Islamic State commander, in Syria.
Corporate media reporting on the alleged incident resembles a military adventure story. From the Associated Press:
U.S. commandos mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria overnight, killing a senior Islamic State commander in a firefight, capturing his wife and rescuing a Yazidi woman held as a slave, the Pentagon said Saturday.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the raid, identifying the militant as Abu Sayyaf. He said no U.S. forces were killed or injured in the operation.
Like the Bin Laden story, the Abu Sayyaf story arrives without corroboration or independent verification, but merely the word of Obama’s Defense boss, Ashton Carter.
“Abu Sayyaf was killed during the course of the operation when he engaged U.S. forces,” Carter said.
His wife, Umm Sayyaf, is said to be suspected of playing an important role in the group’s “terrorist activities, and may have been complicit in what appears to have been the enslavement of a young Yazidi woman rescued last night.”
“The operation also led to the freeing of a young Yazidi woman who appears to have been held as slave by the couple. We intend to reunite her with her family as soon as feasible.” Bernadette Meehan, spokeswoman for the National Security Council said on Saturday.
The Yazidi played an important role in the propaganda effort against ISIS as the US launched military operations. In 2014 exhaustive establishment media coverage was given to Yazidi refugees in Iraq. Between 20,000 to 30,000 were said to have fled to Mount Sinjar when ISIS militants overran a region in Iraqi Kurdistan.
A vacationing Obama said from Martha’s Vineyard last August the US “broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar.”
“This ‘broke the siege’ statement is a lie. There never was a ‘siege’ on the Sinjar mountain range. The Yazidi who had fled there were quickly welcomed and evacuated to Syria by the Kurdish PKK and YPG forces,” the Moon of Alabama noted on August 14.
“The only reason Obama sent troops and jets to the area was to protect the city of Erbil with its CIA station, the international airport and the local headquarters of various ‘western’ oil companies.”