Hot answers tagged

179

Some interpretations of this question are highly opinion-based and can't be answered on this website (try Quora), but others can be factually answered. Are the leaders of ISIS Americans? No, it's run principally by Iraqis and Syrians, and has Muslim supporters from around the world. Wikipedia on sources of support Did American politicians meet with ISIS? No,...


75

It depends on what aspect of the question you are focusing on. Did the USA create ISIS? Largely, yes, they did. Did the USA create ISIS for the purpose of creating chaos? No, not at all. They created ISIS out of sheer incompetence and lack of foresight. By removing Saddam, the USA created a power vacuum and eliminated a regional power that was working ...


38

The report you cite makes reference to an operation called "The Hornet's Nest". However I was not able to find any reference to an operation by that name. No mention of a “hornet’s nest” plot can be found in Snowden’s leaked trove of U.S. intelligence documents, and even though Snowden has not publicly refuted the claim, it is safe to assume that the ...


37

No-one connected to the attacks has yet turned out to be from Syria - they were almost all (around 12 so far) EU citizens from France and/or Belgium. There appears to have been at least one Algerian and possibly one or more Moroccans involved indirectly, but no evidence of any Syrians. Many of them grew up in urban Brussels. Many had travelled to Syria for ...


33

It is true that the US invasion of Iraq favored the creation of ISIL (great explanation) but to trace it's real origin we have to look back further in time, we have to take a look at the Afghanistan war. United States financed terrorist groups, the Mujahideen, back in Afghanistan 1979 [1] [2] [3] in their "crusade" against USSR communists. Near the end of ...


31

The video is real, but when brought to his attention he said it was a slip of the tongue, and that in context it obvious that he misspoke: http://www.snopes.com/obama-isil-training/ The President's comments merely included slip of the tongue, as evidenced by the President's following statement (i.e., that Sunni volunteers were being trained as "a new ...


21

There are multiple news outlets reporting ISIS has beheaded children quoting the same source, Mark Arabo, and there is one source (catholic.org) that shows disturbing 'evidence' that seems to be misattributed, actually stemming from Syria. There is reason to be skeptical, as the recent news about the call for female genital mutilation by ISIS and some other ...


18

Wikileaks, which is closely associated with Snowden, states that the story is false: Ground zero for false "Snowden docs show ISIS leader trained by Mossad" story goes back to last month in Algeria http://www.algerie1.com/actualite/snowden-le-chef-de-leiil-al-baghdadi-a-ete-forme-par-le-mossad/ … It has also tweeted the following, which would ...


15

The article in The Telegraph is dated August 10. This article from the US Air Force dated August 8 shows pictures of the pallets to be dropped over Sinjar, including this high-res photograph. In that photograph, the black bags on top look like parachutes. Figure 3-7 on page 3-8 of this document is an illustration of a folded parachute. Page 1-1 of ...


15

This is completely untrue. Several news sources debunk the claims. The New York Times lays out the relevant facts: The rumors are based partly on images of a Syrian fighter who resembles Mr. Baghdadi, seen in photographs with Mr. McCain — some originally posted on Twitter by the senator — during his visit in May 2013 to northern Syria. He met members of ...


15

The French news magazine L'Express reported on this poll. They give information about the poll that complements the Newsweek article. In particular, the poll question was (my translation): ”According to your knowledge, tell us whether you have a very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative or very negative opinion of the Islamic State in Iraq and the ...


13

At least 5,000 Yazidi civilians have been murdered. Quoting from the Wikipedia article: Classification as Genocide The persecution of the Yazidi people has been viewed as qualifying as genocide by groups such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in a March 2015 report. The organization cited the numerous ...


12

The graphic was made by the Middle East Eye, which explains the "MEE" in the lower corner. The entire article seems pretty sound, but I've worked hard to find other sources to verify its information. ISIS The information on ISIS came from a penal code published by ISIS on December 16th, 2014. I like the Independent's article, which has pictures, a good ...


12

Some supporting context to Peckish's answer, with primary sources. CNN has the full transcript of the speech. Here is the context around the relevant section in full, I've added bold highlighting to some particularly relevant parts: ...This is a vital position to our counterterrorism efforts. Nobody suggests Mr. Szubin is not qualified; he's highly ...


11

From FM 4-20.147: Airdrop of Supplies and Equipment: Humanitarian Airdrop EXTENDED TRI-WALL AERIAL DELIVERY SYSTEM (TRIADS). The TRIADS system is a corrugated tri-wall box rigged for static line deployment off the ramp of an aircraft using CDS procedures. Typical loads include loose Meals Ready-to-Eat (MREs) or Humanitarian Daily Rations (HDRs). ...


11

The claim which is the subject of the OP justifies/calculates its own numbers by saying, When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000. In 2003? Wikipedia's Christianity in Iraq ...


9

Regardless of what the video shows, the U.S. admitted this happened at least once and called it a mistake: The Pentagon admitted on Wednesday that one of the airdrops of weapons intended for Kurds in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani almost certainly ended up in the hands of the Islamic State (Isis) fighters. Alleged eyewitnesses say they are sure, ...


7

Speech on Khamenei Website: Hillary Clinton ‘Confessed’ That US Created ISIS A year ago, claims began circulating in Egypt and elsewhere in a region notorious for conspiracy theories that Hillary Clinton, in her published memoir, acknowledged that the U.S. had created ISIS. The “excerpts” – which appear nowhere in the book – said the U.S. ...


7

The figures vary. There may or may not be more British Muslims serving Britain than Islamist groups, but figures indicate that Muslims are under-represented in the armed forces. From The Guardian, British army aims to recruit more Muslims after worries over low numbers (talking about the army, not the armed forces as a whole) There are 480 Muslims in the ...


6

The twitter account which supports Islamic state news has released a document which states that this and many other news reports spread by Iraqi officials were false, and implies that the Iraqi government intended that the reports should bring America into the war. The document includes tweets from an independent investigator which concur that reports of ...


5

As explained in the article "What ISIS Really Wants" by Graeme Wood, ISIS supporters see Baghdadi as a legitimate caliph. This is a defining feature of ISIS. Muslims in general recognize that bay'ah to a legitimate caliph would be a fundamental duty. But only ISIS supporters (not even Al-Qaeda) believe that any legitimate caliphate has existed since (at ...


4

Support? No. Had a somewhat (13%) (or very, 3%) favorable opinion, according to that poll. The most detailed article about the poll I found is in French (big surprise), in l'Express. The poll was indeed ordered by Rossia Segodnia (a Russian news agency). But it was conducted by ICM Research in France, Germany, and in the UK. Journalists from l'Express ...


3

It looks like Russia is in fact supplying more material and men to Syria at this point. the BBC is running an article that supports the article run on the Daily Beast(here). The information is apperently reliable enough that John Kerry, US Secretary of State, has commented on it and the New York Times has one or more unnamed officials talking to them about ...


3

The Huffington Post article is based on this 'exclusive' Reuters report dated "BAGHDAD Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:00am EDT", which contains the sentence you quoted, i.e.: "We have striking evidence obtained from Yazidis...". However this slightly later article by CNN dated August 11, 2014 (Updated 1746 GMT), quotes a close (but not identical) source, i.e. this ...


3

The claim quoted in the question is most likely untrue. There is strong circumstantial evidence that indicates it is not true. According to thegospelcoalition.org: The source of the claim comes from Mark Arabo in an interview with CNN. Arabo says that ISIS is “systematically beheading children” and that “there is a park in Mosul in which heads of ...


3

After the American crusade on Iraq, thousands of pro-Saddam employees were fired. The instability created by the occupation empowered fanatic groups that took over many cities and villages soon after the fall of Baghdad. The crusaders than used radioactive weapons to suppress revolts which caused a significant portion of Iraqi cities unhealthy for living. (...


3

This is not a complete answer. This video is probably the most relevant information regarding the claim. In this video, Clinton claims that the US has indeed acted in the 1980s/1990s in the Pakistan and nearby areas. She claims that these actions have indeed in some ways, led to the creation/power of certain terrorist organizations. I believe that this ...


3

Snopes has addressed this. They claim it to be false. Snopes published an article on June 5th, 2017 debunking the claim. Some pertinent snippets from the article: No evidence exists (outside of the circulation of spurious and anonymous warnings) that ISIS maintains a WhatsApp group intended to ensare[sic] innocent victims for some nefarious purpose, ...


2

There was an interview on Sveriges Radio on October 18, 2016, which described a government program (administered by the municipal coordinator against violent extremism in Lund) to rehabilitate former ISIS fighters with housing, employment, education, and financial support: It is a straightforward social, economic and material issue. You need to be able to ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible