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The Libyan revolution was portrayed as an extension of the Arab Spring, and NATO involvement was framed in humanitarian terms. The fact that the CIA was actively working to help the Libyan rebels topple Gaddafi was no secret, nor were the airstrikes that Obama ordered against the Libyan government. However, little was said about the identity or the ideological leanings of these Libyan rebels. Not surprising, considering the fact that the leader of the Libyan rebels later admitted that his fighters included Al-Qaeda linked Jihadists who fought against the allied troops in Iraq.
These jihadist militants from Iraq were part of what national security analysts commonly referred to as Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Remember, Al-Qaeda in Iraq was ISIS before it was rebranded. With the assistance of US and NATO intelligence and air support, the Libyan rebels captured Gaddafi and executed him, all while happily chanting "allah Akbar."
After Gaddafi was overthrown, the Libyan armories were looted, and massive Quantities of weapons were sent by Libyan rebels to Syria, smuggled through Turkey, a NATO ally. The Times of London reported on the arrival of the shipments on September 14th 2012. This was just three days after the ambassador Chris Stevens was killed by the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi. Chris Stevens had served as the governments liaison to the Libyan rebels since April 2011.
While the media attention was focused on the fact that the State department did not provide adequate security at the consulate, and was slow to send assistance when the attack started, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Seymour Hersh released an article in April 2014 which exposed a classified agreement between the CIA, Turkey, and the Syrian rebels to create what was referred to as the "Rat Line". (We all remember the pictures of John Mccain with the rebels that CNN aired right?)
The Rat Line was a covert network used to channel weapons and ammunition from Libya, through southern Turkey and across the Syrian border. Funding was provided by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
In April 2014, FSA commander, Jamal Maarouf admitted that his fighters regularly conduct joint operations with Al-Nusra, the official Al-Qaeda branch in Syria.
Well, in June 2014 Al-Nusra merged with ISIS, and the US has been sending money and weapons to them since 2012. Do the math. Retired general Tom McInerney even admitted on FOX that "We helped build ISIS."
In June 2013, Colonel Abdel Basset Al-Tawil, commander of the FSA's Northern front, confessed his desire to have Syria ran by Sharia law. And he also, per the report by Seymour Hersh, threatened the west that if they do not sent more advanced weapons within 1 month, they would expose what really happen in Benghazi. You know, the sacrifice of Chris Stevens. Well, this threat was made on June 10, 2013. And it can only be described as amazing coincidence, just nine days later, the rebels received their first official shipment of heavy weapons in Aleppo.
Then in May of 2014 PBS ran a report in which they interviewed rebels who were trained by the US in Qatar. According to the rebels they were being trained to finish off soldiers who survived attacks.
"They trained us to ambush regime or enemy vehicles and cut off the road. They also trained us how to attack a vehicle, raid it, retrieve information or weapons and munitions, and how to finish off soldiers still alive after the attacks." - Per PBS Report.
There is a pattern if you look closely and I will end with that.
1. Build up a dictator or extremist group which can then be used to wage proxy wars against opponents. During this stage any crimes committed on these proxies are swept under the rug.
2. When these nasty characters have outlived their usefulness, thats when its time to pull out all the dirt from under the rug and start publicizing it 24/7. This works best when the public has no idea how these bad guys came to power.
3. When the public is begging for the government to do something, a solution is proposed. Usually a military intervention, loss of certain liberties, or both.
the Libyan rebels captured Gaddafi and executed him, all while happily chanting "allah Akbar."
originally posted by: AlphaHawk
a reply to: sacgamer25
Assad played a massive role in letting ISIS get to what they are now too you know.
Singling out just the US is niave.