Jihadist Twist: ISIS and Al Qaeda in negotiations to merge, Iraq VP says

syrian mapWhat many American politicians believe are two rival Muslim terrorist groups are now said to be involved in negotiations over the prospect of joining forces in the battles being fought in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Al Qaeda “are exchanging ideas on ways to join forces,” according to a top Iraqi government official. Vice President Ayad Allawi told Western reporters that he was privy to intelligence regarding the Iraqi battle with ISIS and regional intelligence reports. According to Fox News Channel’s David Lee Miller Allawi did not give more information about the intelligence reports.

ISIS originally shocked the world when it appeared to come out of nowhere and quickly made territorial gains in Mosul and parts of northern Iraq as Iraqi soldiers retreated, but recently ISIS — which is now comprised of many ‘foreign fighters’ from Europe and the U.S. — is being slowly pushed into retreating thanks to an international coalition that includes the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump has called for more help and resources from the international community to combat not only ISIS and but also Al Qaeda and its affiliates such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al Shabaab in Somalia and parts of Kenya.

While many naysayers, especially Democrats seeking to preserve the myths about President Barack Obama successes, will say the chances of an Al Qaeda-ISIS coalition are either “slim or none,” it’s not that farfetched.

The late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, once the leader of the Islamist group Al Qaeda in Iraq.
The late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, once the leader of the Islamist group Al Qaeda in Iraq.

The Al Qaeda branch fighting in Iraq under the leadership of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQII) — seemed to break up when al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S.Air Force-led bombing of his safehouse in 2006. Although AQII cutback on their attacks and activities, the group began to move its assets across the border into Syria. The US “troop surge” and “Awakening” movement left his movement “all but dead” in 2009, it survived and metastasized into ISIS, according to author David Ignatius.

In an earlier news analysis published by the Conservative Base, it was reported that some of the  intelligence community’s top analysts informed the Pentagon’s official watchdog that their reports have been systematically edited to backup President Obama’s — and his national security team’s — false narrative in which they claimed the air campaign against ISIS was more successful than it actually was.

An example of this alleged fraud was the sworn testimony of General Lloyd Austin, commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Gen. Austin testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that an multi-million dollar military program that was supposed to train a large number of Syrian rebels — about 1,000 was the number circulated by the White House —  to fight ISIS but resulted in producing only an embarrassing four or five anti-ISIS fighters for front lines.

According to the general’s testimony, American taxpayers are pouring an estimated $9 million per day on the war against ISIS since August 2014 and we have only Obama’s almost constant self-congratulations and amateur comedy act poking fun at those who point out the abysmal results of his foreign policy in the Middle East.

Two of the intelligence analysts assigned to the U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, wrote an official complaint and sent it to the Defense Department’s inspector general in July accusing their superiors of doctoring up their reports to make it appear that the Obama administration is winning against ISIS. Since then, more than 50 analysts given their own complaints in the hopes that someone in the U.S. government takes action. Some of those 50 analysts are officially employed by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and others are contractors.

Their complaints accuse their superiors that at times key elements contained in their intelligence reports were removed. They said that in the end an intelligence assessment did not reflect the analysts’ conclusions.


Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

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