Did We Really Create ISIS?

by Zach McKoon, Truthout | News Analysis – It has been alleged in many online circles that Western powers and their allies created the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which, along with the Khorasan Group (an al-Qaeda cell), a US-led coalition is now reportedly battling in Syria. How accurate is this claim? I seek to determine whether a reasonable case can be made for this theory on the basis of Western mainstream reporting – not because it’s more objective (it often isn’t), but simply because it’s where one normally sees such claims dismissed as mere “conspiracy theories.” Did Saudi Arabia and Other Arab Countries Fund ISIS? In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, noted that “there is no publicly accessible proof that the government of a state has been involved in the creation or financing of ISIS as...

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