ISIS: The incredible journey
(This will be an ongoing essay on Isis’s Beginning and how they have arrived where they are now, as are 90% of my articles I am only touching on the subject and will continue to update them with additional information as I find time.)
Isis was formed from a group of Syrian rebels, I remember when I was watching this happen, wondering why the people of this country had not learned a lesson from when we had funded Al-Qaeda.
Above: Mccain supposedly meeting with ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.
Below pictures: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
(CNN)Here’s a look at Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).Facts:
Started as an al Qaeda splinter group. Also known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Islamic State (IS). ISIS aims to create an Islamic state called a caliphate across Iraq, Syria and beyond. The group is implementing Sharia Law, rooted in eighth century Islam, to establish a society that mirrors the region’s ancient past. ISIS is known for killing dozens of people at a time and carrying out public executions, crucifixions and other acts. //www.cnn.com/2014/08/08/world/isis-fast-facts/index.html
It was 10 June 2014, and Iraq’s second biggest city, with a population of around two million, had just fallen to the militants of the group then calling itself Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham/the Levant (Isis or Isil).
Four days earlier, black banners streaming, a few hundred of the Sunni militants had crossed the desert border in a cavalcade from their bases in eastern Syria and met little resistance as they moved towards their biggest prize.
Rich dividends were immediate. The Iraqi army, rebuilt, trained and equipped by the Americans since the US-led invasion of 2003, abandoned large quantities of armoured vehicles and advanced weaponry, eagerly seized by the militants. They also reportedly grabbed something like $500m from the Central Bank’s Mosul branch.
Close to $500 million dollars was taken by ISIS as they crossed Iraq with a small army capturing and holding cities of millions of people, most of these people were well armed and had been in a war-torn country basically for their entire lives.
$500 million dollars CASH. In US denomination! Most banks don’t keep that amount of cash as almost all funds in the modern era are transferred and stored electronically.
C.I.A. Cash Ended Up in Coffers of Al Qaeda
WASHINGTON — In the spring of 2010, Afghan officials struck a deal to free an Afghan diplomat held hostage by Al Qaeda. But the price was steep — $5 million — and senior security officials were scrambling to come up with the money.
They first turned to a secret fund that the Central Intelligence Agency bankrolled with monthly cash deliveries to the presidential palace in Kabul, according to several Afghan officials involved in the episode. The Afghan government, they said, had already squirreled away about $1 million from that fund.
Within weeks, that money and $4 million more provided from other countries was handed over to Al Qaeda, replenishing its coffers after a relentless C.I.A. campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan had decimated the militant network’s upper ranks.
I will get back to this as I realize their is much concern about “FAKE NEWS”, and I do find the sources I linked to very unreliable.
Missing Iraq money may have been stolen, auditors say
U.S. Defense officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion, sent by the planeload in cash and intended for Iraq’s reconstruction after the start of the war.
June 13, 2011|By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Washington — After the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the George W. Bush administration flooded the conquered country with so much cash to pay for reconstruction and other projects in the first year that a new unit of measurement was born.
Pentagon officials determined that one giant C-130 Hercules cargo plane could carry $2.4 billion in shrink-wrapped bricks of $100 bills. They sent an initial full planeload of cash, followed by 20 other flights to Iraq by May 2004 in a $12-billion haul that U.S. officials believe to be the biggest international cash airlift of all time.
This month, the Pentagon and the Iraqi government are finally closing the books on the program that handled all those Benjamins. But despite years of audits and investigations, U.S. Defense officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion in cash — enough to run the Los Angeles Unified School District or the Chicago Public Schools for a year, among many other things.
For the first time, federal auditors are suggesting that some or all of the cash may have been stolen, not just mislaid in an accounting error. Stuart Bowen, special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, an office created by Congress, said the missing $6.6 billion may be “the largest theft of funds in national history.”
“That transfer of cash to Iraq was the largest one-day shipment of
currency in the history of the New York Fed. It was not, however, the
first such shipment of cash to Iraq. Beginning soon after the invasion
and continuing for more than a year, $12 billion in U.S. currency was
airlifted to Baghdad,”
“Of the $12 billion in U.S. banknotes delivered to Iraq in 2003 and 2004, at least $9 billion cannot be accounted for.”
It would be foolish to not think a government that would send such large denominations in cash currency, (when all such transactions of any notable amount are done electronically,) was not intent from the beginning of such a transaction on stealing and pilfering the money from the wealth of its citizens only to line the pockets of themselves and their criminal cohorts.
Below: MONEY LAUNDERING RED FLAGS: