WASHINGTON – The former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence
Agency claims the Obama administration made a “willful decision” to
allow ISIS to form in an attempt to unite Sunni Muslims against the
government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a report
from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael J. Flynn said the assertion that the
rise of ISIS caught the administration by surprise isn’t true.
The White House made a conscious decision, he said, when it sponsored
the radical jihadists who later became the Jabhad al-Nusra and the
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, to fight the Assad regime.
“Gen. Michael Flynn is very honorable and honest, indeed, courageous;
so I credit what he says,” Peter Vincent Pry, a former analyst with the
Central Intelligence Agency, told G2 Bulletin in an interview.
Pry now is executive director of the congressional advisory Task
Force on National and Homeland Security and the U.S. Nuclear Strategy
“The Obama administration should not have been surprised by the rapid
rise of ISIS, since it was anticipated by DIA,” Pry said. “Incompetence
and ideology probably account for why the administration was surprised.
This will not be the first time the administration has ignored the
advice of military and intelligence professionals.
The DIA document also projected what the organization that later came to be called ISIS and the Islamic State would do in Iraq:
The opposition forces will try to use the Iraqi territory
as a safe haven for its forces taking advantage of the sympathy of the
Iraqi border population, meanwhile trying to recruit fighters and train
them on the Iraqi side, in addition to harboring refugees (Syria).
If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a
declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria (Hasaka
and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the
opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is
considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran),
the document said.
This creates the ideal atmosphere for AQI to return to its old
pockets in Mosul and Ramadi, and will provide a renewed momentum under
the presumption of unifying the jihad among Sunni Iraq and Syria, and
the rest of the Sunnis in the Arab world against what it considers one
enemy, the dissenters.
ISI could also declare an Islamic State through its union with other
terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave
danger in regards to unifying Iraq and the protection of its territory.
Indeed, two years later, in June 2014, ISIS declared the creation of
an Islamic State, or caliphate, and continues to occupy Mosul and
Ramadi, which Iraqi forces still haven’t been able to extricate.