The US-led coalition purportedly battling ISIL in Iraq and Syria cannot be trusted to lead the fight against the terrorist group, an international lawyer and political commentator says.
Barry Grossman, who is based on the Indonesian island of Bali, made the remarks on Thursday during an interview with Press TV while commenting on a report by The Guardian which says that the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq brought al-Qaeda to the country and created other terrorist groups, such as al-Nusra Front and ISIL.
The article written by Seumas Milne said that US and Western habit of playing with terrorist groups was “recalibrated during the occupation of Iraq, when US forces led by General Petraeus sponsored an El Salvador-style dirty war of sectarian death squads to weaken the Iraqi resistance.”
It added that “US and Western policy in the conflagration that is now the Middle East is in the classic mould of imperial divide-and-rule,” where US forces bomb one set of militants while backing another.
“The Guardian report, understood together with the documents and verified background information it is based on, stands as irrefutable proof that the US and the UK have not only been actively supporting the same team as the regional elements they like to call al-Qaeda, but also that both the UK and US were well aware in 2013 that Sarin gas attacks attributed to the Assad forces, at the very least, were as likely as not carried out by US/UK allies in Syria,” Grossman said.