Rand Paul Uncover US Role in Funding ISIS Terrorists
US Republican senator Rand Paul has said the US government is arming the terrorist group know as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) or (ISIL).
During his interview with NBC News’s Meet the Press, Paul accused the US government of funding ISIS’s allies and supporting the terrorist group in Syria.
Speaking to NBC, he said: “one of the reasons they’re stronger is that we have been allied with them in Syria; we’ve been funding Islamic rebels to fight against Iranian proxies in Syria, but now, on the other side of the world, we’d be siding with the Iranian Guard.”
“They’re emboldened because we’ve been supporting them,” he added. “It could be Assad [could have] wiped these people out months ago. I personally believe that this group would not be in Iraq and would not be as powerful had we not been supplying their allies in the war.”
Senator Rand Paul said that Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the main, important Persian Gulf allies of the US, have been funding ISIS too.
The Kentucky senator expressed his doubt the real reasons behind US involvement in the Syrian crisis, “we need less involvement in the region, not more”. President Obama is keep supplying those groups with money and weapons, in the same time that he sent up to 300 “military advisers” to Iraq to help the country’s beleaguered army combat ISIS.
“We should prevent ISIS from exporting terror but I’m not so sure where the clear-cut American interest is,” Paul said.
Paul added that Syria would become a “jihadist wonderland” if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is removed from power.
In another interview with CNN’s “State of the Union”, Paul also said he does not believe ISIS poses an immediate threat to US security. “Right now, if you’re a member of Isis, you’re looking at the Shi’ites right in front of you in the battles you are fighting. I don’t believe Isis is in the middle of a fight right now, thinking, ‘Hmm we should send intercontinental missiles to America’.” He said.
“It’s now a jihadist wonderland in Iraq precisely because we got over-involved, not because we had too little involvement,” why should Americans fight in Iraq if the Iraqi army was unwilling to do so, he asked.
Earlier this week, conservative website WND revealed that members of ISIS were trained by CIA and US instructors at a secret base in Qatar and Jordan in 2012 as part of a covert programme aimed at supporting President Assad’s opponents.
Last year, the Guardian reported that Jordanian security sources confirmed US, British and French instructors were training Syrian rebels in Jordan in an effort to strengthen secular elements of the opposition.
Later this month, President Barack Obama warned about the threat of “Islamic extremists who have seized swathes of Iraq” could destabilize the entire region and endanger US.
The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has recurrently accused Western powers and their Gulf’s allies of supporting the ISIS militants operating in Syria. Also, local and international media have reported that the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies have trained radical militants to combat the Syrian government.