Friday, May 13, 2016
ISIS BIO: TERROR GROUP ISIS began with Suni beheading madman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq it morphed into the Islamic State of Iraq and currently into ISIS. BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 8 2006— Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in an American airstrike on an isolated safe house north of Baghdad at 6:15 p.m. local time on Wednesday, top American and Iraqi officials said today. When we killed him we should have continued on and killed the rest of his gang which is now ISIS. With a $25 million American bounty on his head, the Jordanian-born Mr. Zarqawi has been the most-wanted man in Iraq for his leadership of Islamic terrorist groups that have carried out many of the most brutal attacks of the war, including scores of suicide bombings, kidnappings and beheadings.
In a horrific display of barbarism, a masked person claiming to be Abu Musab al-Zarqawi slaughtered American contractor Nick Berg. Sitting in a chair, Berg made the following statement: “My name is Nick Berg, my father’s name is Michael, my mother’s name is Susan,” the man said on the video. “I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah. I live in … Philadelphia.” The video then changes to a scene of masked men, with Berg sitting in front of them. After reading a statement, the masked men were seen pulling the man to his side and putting a large knife to his neck. A scream sounded as the men cut his head off, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” – “God is great.” They then held the head out before the camera.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (pictured) is a fanatic whose barbarism has caused even Al Qaeda to denounce him – a man who created the organization we now know as ISIS. If Baghdad had played even a minor role in supporting Al Qaeda’s 9/11 attacks, the US’s case for an invasion of Iraq would be clear-cut. Could Zarqawi be the link? After all, he had received medical treatment in one of Baghdad’s state-run hospitals, and after the start of the Afghan offensive in 2001 he had fled from the training camp he set up with Al Qaeda help in the west of the country to Iraq.
The Sunni group ISIS won a series of military victories last year, helped by former Ba’athist military and intelligence officers from the era of Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi autocrat. Saddam-era officers have been a powerful factor in the rise of Islamic State, in particular in the Sunni militant group’s victories in Iraq last year. Islamic State then out-muscled the Sunni-dominated Baath Party and absorbed thousands of its followers. The new recruits joined Saddam-era officers who already held key posts in Islamic State. Of Islamic State’s 23 portfolios – equivalent to ministries – former Saddam regime Baathist officers run three of the most crucial: security, military and finance, according to Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi analyst who has worked with the Iraqi government. Ba’athists began collaborating with al Qaeda in Iraq – the early incarnation of what would become Islamic State – soon after Saddam Hussein was ousted in 2003. Saddam had run a brutal police state. The U.S. occupation dissolved the Baath Party and barred senior and even middling party officials from joining the new security services. Some left the country, others joined the anti-American insurgency. But then the Baathists and jihadists disagreed over who should be in charge. Many ex-Baathists struck an alliance with the U.S. military and turned on the jihadists. By 2014, the Ba’athists and the jihadists were back to being allies. As Islamic State fighters swept through central Iraq, they were joined by the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order, a group of Baathist fighters.
Even with the influx of thousands of foreign fighters, almost all of the leaders of the Islamic State are former Iraqi officers, including the members of its shadowy military and security committees, and the majority of its emirs and princes, according to Iraqis, Syrians and analysts who study the group. They have brought to the organization the military expertise and some of the agendas of the former Ba’athists, as well as the smuggling networks developed to avoid sanctions in the 1990s. In Syria, local “emirs” are typically shadowed by a deputy who is Iraqi and makes the real decisions, said Abu Hamza, who fled to Turkey last summer after growing disillusioned with the group. He uses a pseudonym because he fears for his safety. “All the decision makers are Iraqi, and most of them are former Iraqi officers. The Iraqi officers are in command, and they make the tactics and the battle plans,” he said. “But the Iraqis themselves don’t fight. They put the foreign fighters on the front lines.”
Ba’ath Party Structured As Nazi Party, Ba’ath Party Members Escaped to USA and Become Used Car Dealers in Bowling Green and Tampa Supporting Terrorists in Iraq. BAGHDAD, Feb. 15 (UPI) — The outlawed Ba’ath Party of Iraq is a totalitarian power akin to the Nazi Party of Germany under Adolf Hitler, said chief election overseer Ahmad Chalabi. “Just like the Nazi party they practiced genocide and they killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and they promoted war just like the Nazi party in Germany as a way to solve crisis and international problems and the crimes they committed in Iraq,” Chalabi, a Shiite, told Press TV. Like the Nazi and Communist parties, the Ba’ath party is organized through small cells in a rigid hierarchy. Members are expected to devote their life to the party. In Iraq, would-be members pass through four stages even before becoming a full member: supporter, sympathizer, nominee and trainee. Currently, there are about two million Iraqis in these categories. The system requires passing successfully a series of tests, so full members of Saddam’s Baathist organization are the most hardened and fanatical of his supporters.