FROM JOSEPH FARAH’S G2 BULLETIN
EX-DIA CHIEF: OBAMA ‘WILLFULLY’ ALLOWED RISE OF ISIS
Flynn: Newly declassified document verifies president’s support of jihadists
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.
Flynn also said that he backed a 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document that recently was obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The document had been classified Secret/Noforn (no foreign access) and was declassified with major redactions.
Nevertheless, it reveals Western support of Salafists in Eastern Syria, stating “this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”
“It was a willful decision to do what they’re doing,” Flynn said in a recent interview with Al Jazeera.
In addition to being a former DIA director, Flynn served as director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command.
“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 Forum.
“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.
2 NYC residents charged with supporting ISIS
A federal grand jury has indicted two New York City residents for allegedly trying to provide support to ISIS, federal officials announced Tuesday.
Munther Omar Saleh, 21, of Queens, is charged with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, in addition to assault and conspiracy to assault federal officers.
Federal officials said Saleh attempted to make a pressure cooker bomb to set off in New York City on behalf of ISIS.
He was arrested on June 13 after being under investigation by federal authorities, and during his arrest, charged at a federal officer while armed with knives.
The grand jury indictment also charged Fareed Mumuni, 20, of Staten Island, with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, assault and conspiracy to assault federal officers, and attempted murder of federal officers.
Mumuni was arrested on June 17 during an execution of a search warrant of his home, when he repeatedly stabbed an FBI agent in the torso with a kitchen knife, the indictment states.
“As alleged in the indictment, both Munther Omar Saleh and Fareed Mumuni demonstrated their support for ISIL by attacking the law enforcement officers,” said Kelly T. Currie, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in a press release announcing the charges. “The arresting officers exercised extraordinary skill and remarkable restraint in subduing the defendants, who will now face the full force of justice in federal court.”
Both are scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 20. If convicted, Mumuni faces up to 85 years in prison. Saleh faces a maximum sentence of 65 in prison if convicted