Iran Feature: “US Supplying Weapons & Aid to Islamic State in Iraq” — Confusion, Ignorance, or Crude Propaganda?

Claims from Iranian officials that the US is secretly supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — even as it bombs the jihadists in both countries — are far from unusual. Since the US airstrikes began in early August, the Supreme Leader, Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani, and military commanders have all accused Washington of creating the Islamic State’s threat.

However, the deputy head of Iran’s armed forces, General Massoud Jazayeri (pictured), has found a way of enhancing the allegations — on Saturday, he effectively redrew the map of the region to prove the US perfidy.

Jazayeri said “the US and the so-called anti-Islamic State coalition” were being deceitful when they “claim that they have launched a campaign against this terrorist and criminal group”.

His proof? The coalition is “supplying the group with weapons, food and medicine in the Jalawla region” — a town in Diyala Governorate in Iraq. He explained that “the coalition has airdropped the aid to the Islamic State as a result of a mistake are unlikely”.

Jazayeri’s story appears to be a creative rearrangement — either deliberately or from confusion — of geography and the facts.

The US has declared a mistake in an airdrop which was seized by the Islamic State, but not in eastern Iraq, where there has been no coalition delivery of aid to civilians or Iraqi forces.

Instead, the airdrop was near Kobane, the Kurdish center in northern Syria besieged by the Islamic State.

Kobane is about 850 kilometers (530 miles) from Jalawla.

Still, a few hundred miles are unlikely to deter Jazayeri in his campaign to set the record straight. As he told Basij paramilitaries:

Based on the intelligence, news and analyses we have, the foreign spy agencies — headed by the US — created, managed and supported the Islamic State and regional terrorists logistically.

Such cooperation still continues and the Americans seek to fool the public opinion under the pretext of confrontation with the terrorist group.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


    • As I said before: The more the iranian & russian colaboration with the U.S is openly recognized and legitimized, the harder for iranian & russian propagandists to sustain the narrative in wich they are presented as an “anti-U.S/Sionism” bulwark. Red tornadoes -among others- has shown very clearly the open alliance between all this nations. The failure of iranian & russian propagandists to sustain the narrative will trigger massive waves of supporters away from them into the open arms of the Islamic State. ISIS is actually in a process of international legitimization -at least on a popular level- and eventually we will start hearing voices that will recomend a diplomatic rather than a military approach. The tragicomical alliance along with with Operation Inherent Resolve should be renamed “L’armata Brancaleone”.

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