Isis our newest most deadly and dangerous enemy is like so many of our foes in this conflict that has come to define America in the 21st century is a product of blowback. They are an offshoot/mutation of a Sunni terrorist group called Jama’at al-Tawhid w’al-Jihad (the Party of Monotheism and Jihad) started by a Jordanian named Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He arrived in Afghanistan in 1989 to fight the Soviets but was a little late for the party so he returned to his home country and bounced around the edges terror community for a decade.
He returned to Afghanistan in 1999 to set up his own terrorist training camp and while he met with Osama Bin Laden did not join al-Qeda. He fled Afghanistan in 2001 when the Taliban were ousted from power by the U.S.. Al-Zarqawi next turned up in Iraq where his presence was used as one of the pretexts for the American invasion. For the rest of the evolution of this group check out "ISIS:AShort History, The terrorist group's evolution from fervid fantasytodeath cult"
from Atlantic magazine web site.
If you interested in a closer look at the overall development of radical Islam we have posted a three hour film called "The Power of Nightmares" on the Mindsi2 page of our web site. It is named after a now terminated YouTube station where looked at some of the hidden history of the development of the American empire..
Saudi Connections to ISIS?
More specifically, questions are now being asked about whether the U.S. government’s suppression of what it learned about Saudi Arabia during the 9/11 investigations contributed directly to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria."
But there is more than one revenue stream feeding this beast and today's Huffington Post provides this look at how Isis is being funded.
This Is How ISIS Makes $3 Million A Day
The group desperately needs the money, for as one U.S. official recently told NBC: "Running a caliphate is not cheap." ISIS needs to pay, arm and feed its brigades. The group also rewards the families of killed militants with a pension, and it needs to cover the costs of governing the territory it has captured.
This is where the Islamic State is getting its money from:"
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