By Zahra Sadat Khezri

ISIS looking for other places to nest

September 17, 2017

For a longtime, the imperial powers have had eyes on the Middle East for its geopolitical importance and wealthy resources like oil and natural gas.

The regional countries, mostly populated by Muslims, have been grappling with plots hatched against them by outsiders for decades.

Their latest heinous plot was the creation of ISIS, (also known as Daesh, ISIL or simply Islamic State) which their horrific and savage acts shocked the world.

It was created in 2010 by vicious powers and certain regional states in order to vent anger on certain independent countries in the Middle East.

WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange, on the sixth anniversary of the first infamous “Cablegate” (United States diplomatic cables leak), said the CIA was responsible for paving the way for ISIS, which is an outgrowth of al-Qaeda which was responsible for 9/11 attacks.

Initially ISIS planned to establish a caliphate or Islamic State in Sunni majority regions; it also succeeded to seize control of large swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq.

The U.S. exploited ISIS as part of a wider drive to find a foothold inside Syria as independent country which has been standing against Israel for decades.

Also, cash poured in from sympathetic donors around the region and hundreds of millions of dollars was seized by ISIS and other terrorist groups loyal to Saddam Hussein when they captured Mosul and other cities in northern Iraq.

The political turmoil, the chaos brought about by devastating civil war, sectarian violence, unhappiness with the political system in Baghdad and other problems helped facilitate the entry of ISIS into Iraq from neighboring Syria.

Finally, Iraqis joined hands by defeating Daesh by wresting control of the areas captured by them. Also Syria, along with the resistance forces, has succeeded to break the backbone of ISIS.

But as ISIS is losing the ground in Iraq and Syria they look for new breeding ground in other countries. Some ISIS elements which poured into Iraq and Syria from Europe are also coming home to roost.

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