The militant group ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) has existed since the early years of the Iraq war and pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda in 2004. As of 2013, their numbers have swelled between 7,000 and 10,000 members, and the group has claimed responsibility for attacks that have killed thousands of Iraqi civilians. Horrific video recorded in March and April of this year shows their latest rampages in war-torn Iraq.
The people murdered in these videos were on ISIS hit lists. Some of those killed were Iraqi officers and government employees, while others simply opposed the presence of ISIS in Iraq.
According to a buried line in a Wall Street Journal article, the CIA had a hand in arming ISIS. In 2013, “ISIS fighters…raided a [Supreme Military] council arms depot filled with lights, weapons and ammunition, funded by the Gulf states and funneled to the council with the guidance of the Central Intelligence Agency.”
This claim is questionable given the CIA’s track record in foreign affairs. The CIA has been known to run guns to terrorists (or “freedom fighters”) in the past, arming Contras in Nicaragua and Syrian rebels. This practice allows our government to arm our enemies so they can justify going to war with them later.
ISIS killed at least 161 people this week alone in a swift territory takeover. The cities of Tikrit, Baiji, Duluiya, al-Dour and Yathrib have fallen to the militants, and nothing is stopping them from taking more.
After watching what these groups are capable of, it’s clear that the War on Terror is far from ever winding down, thanks in large part to our own government’s intervention.
The footage below contains extremely graphic content.