Awad al-Badri became a leader within Al-Qaeda with his own militia. Shortly after this he is taken captive by the US Army and held as a prisoner. Some say that his hatred for America really developed while he was in prison.
The change of American leadership with the election of Obama had a great effect on what followed. His promise to end the war in Iraq led to pulling our forces out too soon. When we pulled our troupes out of Iraq everything started to fall apart. All of the gains we had made started to disappear and the lives of our young men, the money we spent, and the victory we had won, were given away.
This resulted in the release of Awad al-Badri. As our troupes were leaving Awad al-Badri said “I’ll see you guys in New York.” At the time we didn’t see that as a threat, but time has shed new light on the statement. It is now something we must consider.
After his release, Awad al-Badri rejoined Al-Qaeda. He had been under the leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who was killed in 2006. The new leader was another man named Al-Baghdadi and when he was killed Awad al-Badri took his name.
When the new Al-Baghdadi (Awad al-Badri) took over it became ruthless. This is when the mass beheadings started. They would strap suicide bombs on mentally disabled men, women, and children and would detonate them remotely when they walked into a crowd. They would hide explosives in corpses to kill those at funerals. In other words he led them to new levels of brutality.
The decision to change tactics and methods was not a decision he made alone. There was a Sharia council that chose him to be the new leader and approved of this new brutality.
He led the group for Al-Qaeda for two years. He then split from Al-Qaeda because they wanted him to join up with another group. From early 2014 he started running his own show with what has become ISIS.
The Saudi Connection
Now we come to the Saudi connection. There is a great report by Alaster Crook, a British diplomat who served for years as a British intelligence officer in MI6. He has overseen many of the conflicts in the Middle East. He said:
“To understand ISIS you need to understand Wahhabism, which comes out of Saudi Arabia.”
When you boil it all down to the basics it is summed up with this quote:
“One ruler, one authority, one mosque.”
In other words, Islam must be brought into unity controlled by one leader, one authority, and one mosque. The divisions in Islam must be eradicated. This is the viewpoint of Al-Baghdadi. As a result of this the Saudis embraced this ISIS organization and encouraged Al-Baghdadi to set up the caliphate. This is the goal of every Muslim, regardless of which division of Islam they fall under.
This was the goal of Muhammad. He was trying to set up a world-wide Islamic caliphate. One of the reasons for the popularity of ISIS is that for many years Islam has been without a caliphate. The last caliphate was the Ottoman Empire and it ended in the early 1900’s. It has has been the dream of Muslims to reestablish the caliphate.
The problem is that when Al-Baghdadi set up the caliphate he proclaimed himself the caliph. This didn’t set to well with the king of Saudi Arabia. After all, he is the king and that is supposed to be his position. It was when Al-Baghdadi declared himself caliph that the king of Saudi Arabia started telling Western leaders that they had better take out ISIS because if they did not ISIS would be in Europe and the US withing months.
The Saudis are famous for getting us in the West to fight their battles. They use the fact that they control so much of the world’s oil to get the West to do their bidding.
The Finances of ISIS
Look at what this group has done in such a short time. The Economist says that ISIS is one of the best financed terrorist organization in the world. The only ones that can rival ISIS are the state sponsored groups like Hezbollah which is sponsored by Iran and Hamas which was sponsored by Egypt when the Muslim Brotherhood was in power.
They actually pay their fighters. They pay the front-line soldiers, not their generals and other officers, $400 per month. In September of 2014 they had 30,000 fighters. That means they are paying out $12,000,000 a month just for payroll. This doesn’t count the other costs of running an army. The bulk of their money comes from oil revenues from the oil fields in Iraq.
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