ISIS, or the Islamic State, has catapulted into news headlines with their barbarity and quest to establish a modern Islamic caliphate in Iraq, the Levant, and beyond.
But while it seems that the jihadist militia appeared out of nowhere, the group’s origins aren’t as mysterious as some would like for us to imagine. In fact, there is a lot of inconsistency surrounding the facts reported about ISIS by government officials.
Read on to learn about the top five conspiracy theories surrounding the Islamic State.
1. The United States Funded the Creation of ISIS
The above YouTube video is 41-minutes long and is a fascinating watch if you have the time.
In the interview, he claims that ISIS was funded by the U.S. at the price of 20-30 million dollars, trained in Jordan, and armed by the U.S.
Why would our government do that?
The modern day ISIS was established in 2010, but the group didn’t become a part of common American vernacular until around 2013. 2013 is when the Syrian Civil War came to international attention.
I was part of a very hush hush operation in 2010 training Jordanian Army regulars and “special forces” how to suck less at life. We were told not to mention it after the fact. Supposedly they were bound for A-stan but I never followed up….
The current leader of ISIS, the enigmatic Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, took over ISIS on May 16, 2010 and rumor has it that he seeded his caliphate dream with a donation of 20-30 million dollars.
Na’eem says that in the U.S.’s quest to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, it began to fund anti-government terrorist groups within Syria way back in 2010 in hopes that the problem would work itself out domestically.
It’s not a farfetched suggestion. The U.S. has been behind many covert, and not so covert, attempted regime overthrows. It’s just that until recently the consequences of that level of subterfuge hasn’t played out on such an international stage.
2. U.S./U.K./Israel Behind ISIS; ‘Operation Hornet’s Nest’
Snowden said intelligence services of three countries created a terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called “the hornet’s nest.”
Further leaks provided by Snowden revealed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was provided intensive military training for a whole year by the Mossad. As stated in conspiracy theory one, al-Baghdadi is the current head of ISIS.
By attracting international terrorists to the Middle East, the Jewish state would have the demonstrable right to defend itself and wipe out Islamists once and for all, which is beneficial to the West, too.
Further theories purport that Saudi Arabia might have a hand in the creation of ISIS too, as they are a Western-backed regime.
3. ISIS Videos are Fake
There are many critics of the ISIS beheading videos, claiming that they don’t look real and are created for perpetrating further false flag attacks. Lots of scrutiny surrounded David Cawthorne Haines’ beheading video.
These claims are easily dismissed at the graphic reality of the beheading videos, if it weren’t for one thing. According to Infowars:
A 2010 Washington Post article authored by former Army Intelligence Officer Jeff Stein features a detailed account of how the CIA admittedly filmed a fake Bin Laden video during the run up to the 2003 Iraq war.
The article can be read here, an excerpt details the faked Bin Laden video:
The agency actually did make a video purporting to show Osama bin Laden and his cronies sitting around a campfire swigging bottles of liquor and savoring their conquests with boys, one of the former CIA officers recalled, chuckling at the memory. The actors were drawn from “some of us darker-skinned employees,” he said.
Is this is indeed true, what’s to say that current ISIS videos don’t fall under a similar vein?
It may sound like moon landing talk, but it’s worth a serious discussion.
4. David Haines & Alan Henning Not Humanitarian Aid Workers
David Cawhtorne Haines may not have been a humanitarian aid worker after all, some sources suggest.
According to his LinkedIn profile,
Haines worked for a company called Astraea.
The aim of the ASTRAEA programme is to enable the routine use of UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) in all classes of airspace without the need for restrictive or specialised conditions of operation. This will be achieved through the coordinated development and demonstration of key technologies and operating procedures required to open up the airspace to UAS.
Basically, Astraea works with drones.
Furthermore, Alan Henning, who is next up on ISIS’ beheading list, may not have been in Syria for his media-reported reasons, either.
The charity behind the aid convoy from which ISIS hostage Alan Henning was kidnapped is being investigated over alleged links to militants, it has emerged.
Some conspiracists are alleging that Haines and Henning might be “fixers.” What are fixers?
[I] recently read an article about photographers and journalists and the perils of hiring “fixers” in Syria and places like it. They linked to some Twitter profiles of some Syrians, and one of them made a point to say that there are many photographers and reporters in Syria (and I’m sure, in other places victim to the process of “destabilization”) who are foreign agents; not all are agents, but many, and it can be hard for people to tell who is who. The agents masquerading as aid workers and journalists make it difficult for those who are not agents (and for people on the ground, who need aid, or to get their stories out without spin), for sure. You really have to wonder what the ratio truly is.
5. How Can ISIS Recruit in West Without NSA Noticing?
One major question many conspiracists have about ISIS is, how can all these American citizens slip through the cracks with how much monitoring the NSA allegedly does nowadays?
In a discussion on the subject on Reddit, some claim that the NSA does notice these jihadists, but it is not their job to actually stop terrorism.
A more cynical theory concludes that the NSA doesn’t want to stop these emigrating terrorists because the U.S. needs a war to continue economically.
Whatever the case, the question does raise alarm as to how their hasn’t been major domestic crackdowns.