US ex-intel chief : ISIL rise 'a willful Washington decision'

Ex-intelligence chief Michael Flynn has claimed that the rise of ISIL was a deliberate attempt, and that it was predicted to be so as early as 2012

US ex-intel chief : ISIL rise 'a willful Washington decision'

World Bulletin / News Desk

The US didn’t interfere with the rise of anti-government groups in Syria that finally turned into ISIL, claims the former head of America’s Defense Intelligence Agency, backing a secret 2012 memo predicting their rise in a report in RT.

General Flynn dismissed Al Jazeera’s position that the US administration “turned a blind eye” to the DIA’s analysis.

Flynn believes the US government didn’t listen to his agency on purpose.

“I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision,” the former DIA chief said.

The document recently declassified through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), weighs up the situation in Syria in the summer of 2012 and predicted that: “If the situation unravels, there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared extremist principality in eastern Syria… and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”

The report warns of “dire consequences” of this scenario, because it would allow Al-Qaeda to regain its positions in Iraq and unify the Sunni forces in Iraq, Syria and the rest of the Sunnis in the Arab world against all other Muslim minorities they consider dissenters.

“ISIL could also declare an Islamic State through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave danger in regards of unifying Iraq and the protection of its territory,” the DIA report correctly predicted at the time. 

Those groups eventually emerged as ISIL and Al-Nusra Front, a group loyal to Al-Qaeda.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ağustos 2015, 09:26