US Is "In Cahoots With ISIS," Iraqis Swear: "It Is Not In Doubt"

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On Tuesday evening, we took a look at how Iran’s Shiite proxy arms fighting ISIS in Iraq responded to Ash Carter’s contention that the US would soon send an “expeditionary targeting force” to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the battle against Islamic State.

From Kata'ib Hezbollah: "We will chase and fight any American force deployed in Iraq. Any such American force will become a primary target for our group. We fought them before and we are ready to resume fighting."

From the Badr Organisation: "All Iraqis look to (the Americans) as occupiers who are not trustworthy."

And as for the official reaction from Baghdad, we go to PM Haider al-Abadi: “Iraq does not need foreign ground combat forces on Iraqi land."


So basically, “thanks, but we’ve seen enough of your ground troops over the past 15 years and if they come here again, they’re likely to get shot at, and not just by ISIS.”

This is a conundrum for Washington. The US-trained and armed Iraqi regulars fight alongside, and in some cases report directly to, the Shiite militias and these militias are far more effective at fighting ISIS than government forces. In some battles, there are more militiamen fighting than Iraqi soldiers.

Additionally, Iran wields considerable political influence in Baghdad and as we said on Tuesday evening, the comments out of Kata'ib Hezbollah, Badr, and Abadi might as well have been issued directly from Tehran because that’s unquestionably who’s pulling the strings here. 9,500 US troops in Afghanistan is bad enough and the IRGC isn’t thrilled about the prospect of America building up a troop presence in another neighboring country. 

Obviously it says a lot about the army that the US left behind in Iraq that they have to rely on Iranian proxies to fight for them, and that would be embarrassing enough as it is without the militias’ leaders habit of calling out Washington for not taking the fight against ISIS seriously. 

“U.S. airstrikes targeting ISIS around Ramadi are proving not very effective," the head of the Iran-backed militias surrounding the conquered Iraqi city told NBC back in June. "We expect more from the Americans. There are no real airstrikes against ISIS headquarters." 

That’s but one of many examples. In short, Iraqis are asking the same question everyone who isn’t wedded to the Western narrative is asking. Namely, “how is it that the most powerful army on the face of the planet just can’t seem to put a dent in the conquest plans of a group whose fighters only number 30,000?” Iran is using its influence in Iraq to make sure that this question is being raised not only among civilians, but among politicians in Baghdad as well. 

Now, The Washington Post has taken a look at what, to the American public, probably seems like a peculiar phenomenon: Iraq is pretty sure the US is “in cahoots” with ISIS. 

“Iraqi fighters say they have all seen the videos purportedly showing U.S. helicopters airdropping weapons to the militants, and many claim they have friends and relatives who have witnessed similar instances of collusion,” WaPo reports, adding that “ordinary people also have seen the videos, heard the stories and reached the same conclusion — one that might seem absurd to Americans but is widely believed among Iraqis — that the United States is supporting the Islamic State for a variety of pernicious reasons that have to do with asserting U.S. control over Iraq, the wider Middle East and, perhaps, its oil.”

Sure, that conclusion “may seem absurd to Americans” now, but more people are beginning to ask questions. Take Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard for example. 

Recall that last month Shiite fighters backed by the Iraqi army retook the Baiji refinery near Siniya (we profiled the fight here). Here’s what Mustafa Saadi, a Shiite commander involved in that particular effort has to say about America’s relationship with ISIS: “It is not in doubt. ISIS is almost finished. They are weak. If only America would stop supporting them, we could defeat them in days.”

(militiamen and Iraqi regulars secure Baiji)

Yes, “if only the US would stop supporting them” they’d be finished “in days,” which is what we, and countless others have been saying for the better part of a year. Saadi also said a friend of his witnessed the US airdropping bottled water to an ISIS position. Here's a now infamous video that surfaced after the assault on Baiji which purports to show US parachutes and other items delivered to ISIS inside the refinery (obviously, there's no way to authenticate this and it's just presented here to give readers an idea of how rampant the speculation is):

As for The Pentagon, Col. Steve Warren, the military’s Baghdad-based spokesman says the idea that the US is supporting ISIS is “beyond ridiculous.” “There’s clearly no one in the West who buys it,” he added.

Actually Steve, there are a lot of people in the West that “buy it,” and that number is growing with each passing Putin accusation and with every bit of incremental evidence that incriminates US ally Turkey in participating in the lucrative ISIS oil trade.

So who’s to blame for this vicious "propaganda"? Well, Iran of course.

The allegations of U.S. collusion with the Islamic State are aired regularly in parliament by Shiite politicians and promoted in postings on social media. They are persistent enough to suggest a deliberate campaign on the part of Iran’s allies in Iraq to erode American influence, U.S. officials say.


In one typical recent video that appeared on the Facebook page of a Shiite militia, a lawmaker with the country’s biggest militia group, the Badr Organization, waves apparently new U.S military MREs (meals ready to eat) — one of them chicken and dumplings — allegedly found at a recently captured Islamic State base in Baiji, offering proof, he said, of U.S. support.


“The Iranians and the Iranian-backed Shiite militias are really pushing this line of propaganda, that the United States is supporting ISIL,” Warren said. “It’s part of the Iranian propaganda machine.”

Of course you really can’t call it “propaganda” if it’s true. 

As WaPo goes on to note, Abadi has to be careful when it comes to denying the accusations as a handful of Shiite militia commanders are set to use their reputation on the battlefield as a kind of political trampoline. In short, if Abadi doesn’t toe the line, he could find himself out of a job. 

Meanwhile, Naseer Nouri, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense blamed the perception of US-ISIS collusion on America’s sluggish response to requests for help. “We don’t believe the Americans support Daesh, but it is true that most people are saying they do, and they are right to believe that the Americans should be doing much more than they are. It’s because America is so slow that most people believe they are supporting Daesh.”

If it walks like a duck Mr. Nouri...

Make no mistake, none of this is going to keep The Pentagon from putting SpecOps on the ground. As we said last night, Washington probably wasn't looking for permission in the first place despite Carter's lip service to Baghdad on Tuesday. The US will likely embed the Spec Ops with the Peshmerga via the KRG in Erbil. “Iraq’s semiautonomous region of Kurdistan, where support for the United States remains strong, has said it would welcome more troops,” WaPo notes.

We’ll close with the following quote from Mustafa Alani, director of the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center, who explains in very plain language why more and more people believe the US just may be in bed with ISIS. 

“The reason is that the Americans aren’t doing the job people expect them to do. Mosul was lost and the Americans did nothing. Syria was lost and the Americans did nothing. Paris is attacked and the Americans aren’t doing much. So people believe this is a deliberate policy. They can’t believe the American leadership fails to understand the developments in the region, and so the only other explanation is that this is part of a conspiracy.”

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Wow72's picture

What a great reputation our leaders are branding us with.

AlaricBalth's picture

Our Indonesian Sunni educated President doesn't want to attack his brothers.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



At least warn them first.

clooney_art's picture

Tell us something new.

It is all part of the great global de-stabilization plan to distract the sheep.

Latina Lover's picture

Our CIA filth are hard at work destroying another nation on behalf of the Wall Street and City of London Banksters.

Ooops, I guess this isn't something new.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Yes Clooney, it's part of Operation 'IfYouCantOwnTheWorldBlowTheMotherfuckerUp' and it's right on schedule

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

As for The Pentagon, Col. Steve Warren, the military’s Baghdad-based spokesman says the idea that the US is supporting ISIS is “beyond ridiculous.” “There’s clearly no one in the West who buys it,” he added.

Haha... just about spit the ooffee with that. Now that's a fucking lie we can all be sure of, isn't it? I'd go far enough to call it propaganda. He knows damn well there are people in 'murica questioning the whole damn thing or he wouldn't be saying this.

toady's picture

The Iraqi army actually says/thinks it can defeat someone? 

It is to laugh!

Aren't they the guys that ran away and let isis get all those tanks and weapons,  all without a shot being fired?

That does sound a little suspicious, doesn't it?

MalteseFalcon's picture

The Iraqi government has been clear that they do not want US boots on the ground in Iraq. 

How will it be reported when the Iraqi army and aligned forces attack Americans embedded with ISIS in Iraq? 

How about if the Iraqi forces are backed by Russian air power?

VinceFostersGhost's picture



So I guess we're all probably on the "no fly" list now.

giovanni_f's picture

So Warren, a fuckin' yankee, thinks he speaks for the whole "west"? Did he ask 750 Million people before he made his statement?

WTFRLY's picture

ISIS is a CIA-Mossad lie

The9thDoctor's picture

America has zero interest in "winning" wars. America creates never-ending deliberately unwinnable wars so it has non-stop defense contracts.

It's all good, because that creates jawbs!

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Anonymous User (not verified) The9thDoctor Dec 2, 2015 11:18 AM

Well, we know they are in bed with eachother.

We just didn't knew what game they were playing .. until now. Looks like ISIS is a tough biatch.

MrBoompi's picture

It doesn't matter what Americans think.  What Israel, their dual citizenship agents in the US government, and the fucking neocons want is the only thing that matters.  In my opinion it is obvious the US is lying through its teeth about ISIS.  It seems the rest of the world is coming to this conclusion.  And the US will not take kindly to this embarrassment.  But a bully will continue to act like a bully until the shit is beat out of him.

MrPalladium's picture

"It doesn't matter what Americans think.  What Israel, their dual citizenship agents in the US government, and the fucking neocons want is the only thing that matters."

+1000!!!! That is all that need be said about the matter.

ZD1's picture

Obama, Kerry and the rest of the Obama administration are all Israeli dual citizens?

Who woulda thunk?


giovanni_f's picture

So, you evil traitors on ZH, you really think US military is a mob working for the "fiat brothership of Wallstreetstan?

Lorca's Novena's picture

Not sure if serious, or trollin.

xyzcracker's picture

While at the same time destroying our own country. Mission going as planned.

Everybodys All American's picture

That is clearly a big part of the overall plan when you think of th global governance that is at hand.

HowdyDoody's picture

Russian military briefing reveals details of ISIS-Turkey oil smuggling.


Francis Marx's picture

Nothing new is right LL. They have already been making war on american people. Of course they are going to destroy other nations.

swmnguy's picture

Yes indeed, Clooney.  Read Zbigniew Brzezinski's "The Grand Chessboard," if you have a strong stomach.  It's all laid out in a little over 100 pages.

Short version.  The bedrock assumption is that the US either has to be the primary global Empire, or be utterly destroyed.  It's a leap, but once you make it the rest makes sense.  To be a global Empire, one must control Eurasia.  The US doesn't have the men, materiel or will to just invade and conquer.  So the dominance has to be somewhat indirect.  First, all rivals to control of Eurasia must be weakened, fractured into smaller parts along various societal faultlines (religion, race, ethnicity, tribal allegiance; whatever).  The main rivals are Russia, China, and the E.U.  Energy supply is a key strategic tool.  Once the societies of Eurasia are broken up into small, bickering fiefdoms, the US can keep them at each other's throats easily enough for an indefinite period.  In that environment, the US will be the only power on Earth that can project force anywhere at any time.  That makes the US the de facto Global Empire.  That's Brzezinski's goal.

To this point, Brzezinski's moment of glory was suckering the USSR into invading Afghanistan during the Carter Administration.  To do so, the US facilitated a guy named Osama bin Laden, a younger son from a US-friendly family of Saudi profiteers.  Keep an eye on that  bin Laden guy.  He comes back later.

Now Brzezinski is looking to crown his career arc, as he finally gets too old to have an active role.  His proteges and acolytes are everywhere in the US Department of  State.  Read the bio's of each new flak, "Assistant Secretary of State for [whatever]".  They're all connected, to Brzezinski, or Wolfowitz, or Kissinger, or each other.  They come from a limited number of colleges and grad schools, where each of these "Gray Eminences" are on the payroll in one way or another.  Brzezinski himself is from Galicia, which is that area of western Ukraine, southern Poland, northern Hungary; maybe the land that has seen the most brutal violence in human experience.  Galician volunteers to Hitler's SS actually freaked out the German Nazi SS by their viciousness.  And oh boy, do they hate Russians and want to kill them, or get somebody else to kill them.

So absolutely.  The plan is to atomize the societies on the perimeter of Russia, China, and the E.U.; on top of strategic deposits of resources (primarily energy), and along pipeline and trade routes existing and potential.  Once the rivals (Russia, China and the E.U.) have been suckered into getting involved in the dumpster fires along their periphery, then the pressure shifts to leveraging the internal weaknesses of the rivals.  Note the disagreeements within the E.U. as to how to deal with the Syrian diaspora.  E.U. nations are starting to undo the measures which were put in place to unify them.  This of course weakens the E.U. and sets member-state against member-state, according to plan.  Russia per plan has been drawn in; look for outbreaks of curiously well-funded and well-armed Sunni extremist violence in the "-stan" countries.  China has been engaged in the South China Sea, but that's obviously media play-acting.  I'm guessing it has taken a while to get the Uighurs lined up to play the terrorist patsy role, but at some point that will happen, or will appear to have happened.

Naturally, the US government won't let a crisis go to waste.  All this chaos will of course have to be met with clampdowns at home, for the sake of "Security."  If I'm ever caught in bed with a live boy, dead girl, and several goats, I'll say I did it all for "Security!" and no jury in the world will say a thing or I'll call them Libtard Muslim Lovers.

The9thDoctor's picture

swnguy's comment is spot on.

America's foreign policy will make absolutely no sense at all to the average CNN, Faux News, MSNBC watcher, or the average New York Times reader.

Brzezinski's books are a must read. If anyone hasn't read Brzezinski or Kissinger, then they are totally wasting their time, because they are the chief architects of this "new world order" that is rapidly falling apart.

TeamDepends's picture

"We're getting in bed with Satan"- What was really meant by "Change You Can Believe In".

krispkritter's picture

And the FSA(ours) bought it hook, line, and free cell phone...

alfred b.'s picture


      .....but we ARE Satan!!!


Neil Patrick Harris's picture

Who are the idiots fighting for the US in the first place? What kind of dumbass is signing up to fight to the deep state to maintain dollar denominated oil markets? Blame the troops!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Those 'idiots' aren't fighting for the US in the same way the US 'patriots' weren't fighting for France just because France was supply 'aid' to the US revolutionaries during 'our' fight for Independence. Anyone who wants change and is willing to fight for it is often willing to take arms from anyone who wishes to supply them.

This has held true for hundreds of years.

supersajin's picture

Puppets don't pull strings...he is just "doing his job"

Vuke's picture

To be fair Alaric I don't think he has a clue about what is happening.  Think of shadow governments devising strategies and his handlers "informing" him.  He was elected as a puppet for the back room boys, probably knows that full well and is trying to make the best of it with that awful wife.

cyberfossil's picture

I understand your emotion but don't paint it with one brush.  First of all, Indonesian Muslims mostly are moderate.  I am a USA citizen living in Indonesia for years and they are very kind and friendly.  Don't buy the B.S. because ISIS is created by USA and Israel for a reason, obviously, which is why we have never properly addressed it and now Russia is making us look bad by showing how it is supposed to be done.  Obama is CIA connected--end of story--which is why he has SS# from Connecticut where he never lived and traveled to Pakistan after university when no one was allowed to travel there without State Department passports.  Read his biography which was "mysteriously" published when he was still in his 30s being groomed to be the "alternative" to Bush.  It is all a setup  Wake up--nothing happens by accident and NWO will prevail by political and military might, barring these new outcomes such as ISIS being admitted/discovered as  a plot to balkanize the Middle East and as a terrorist force to blame for surpressing freedoms because people "need" their government in the West. 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"Our Indonesian Sunni educated President doesn't want to attack his brothers."

That's because the 'House-N...' is tap-dancing to the Oded Yinon tune.

opport.knocks's picture

News flash, that ship sailed in the early 1960s.

Professor Fate's picture

What leaders? You can't be speaking of the cockroach infested Congress.  And certainly aren't referring to "Choom", our strategically paralyzed mental midget in the White House.

Fate the Magnificent
"Push the Button, Max' 

doctor10's picture

ya know its only a matter of time before the rest of the world concludes that a couple of well-placed nukes in certain parts of the western hemisphere are gonna solve a whole mess of the world's problems.

j0nx's picture

haha and don't forget these are the same psychos that are doing whatever they can to take away the right of americans to own guns while they arm terrorists not even on the down low anymore with our money I might add. hahahahhaha good luck with that pyschos hahahaha. 185,000 more of them to collect after this past black friday.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



psychos that are doing whatever they can to take away the right of americans to own guns


That whole Constitution starting to be a real bitch.

xyzcracker's picture

Nice to know we won't need it until they try to take it. Worth hanging around for.