I recently came across this post on my facebook frontpage:


Now the post links to a multitude of other sites making various other but similar claims, they all go along the line of "Pentagon funding ISIS/Qaeda" or at least includes this claim. Now I understand the US is a huge arms dealer and has been for decades. We all know of the guns they sold to Iraq and various other countries during the cold war which has come back to bite us all in the ass http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_support_for_Iraq_during_the_Iran%E2%80%93Iraq_war So I'm not interested in whether or not the US sold/gave guns or other resources that inadvertently ended up in the possession of either extremist groups. My question is about whether or not they deliberately created ISIS in an effort to destabilise Syria. This is a claim made in the first source and many links from it.

It stated this was “exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion.”

As noted above, the “supporting powers” are the West, led by the United States, and the Gulf Emirates and Turkey.


"Given this, and the fact that the US-coalition continuously aided the sectarian Syrian opposition knowing full well that this would then lead to an “Islamic State”..."

The actual title of the article is even more provocative (surprises! :D)

ALERT -- Media Ignores Report Showing Pentagon Created ISIS

So my question is did the pentagon deliberately with intent 'create' ISIS with the intention being it overthrows or damages the Syrian government.

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    I can't answer this entire question (although I'd say "Red Flag News" is not a good source for this kind of claim) but many of the weapons that we gave the Iraqi military have fallen into the hands of ISIS because the Iraqi military is incompetent and let a lot of equipment get captured. That being said, many weapons the US uses require really expensive and restricted ammunition (i.e. Javelin Missiles) that ISIS won't be able to get their hands on once they use up their current captured amount.
    – user26400
    May 27, 2015 at 19:27
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    Can you restrict this to a single verifiable claim? ISIS or Al-Qaeda? In what ways were they funded or supported, according to the claim?
    – Sklivvz
    May 27, 2015 at 19:49
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    Of course. ISIS is something bad, therefore the US must have created it! May 28, 2015 at 2:46
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    @RobertRose And how many of those weapons were handed over in exchange for a bribe rather than even needing to be captured? May 28, 2015 at 2:46
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    Claim eems a bit iffy, when you consider that ISIS is the continuation of something that started a thousand years before the US even existed.
    – jamesqf
    May 28, 2015 at 4:56


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