“These are American parachutes that the Americans sent to IS when they were here in Baiji”
Iraqi residents have once again accused the US government of supplying ISIS jihadists with food and weapons in a viral video posted online this week.
The video, which features a group of men who appear to be soldiers, shows both supply crates and parachutes alleged to belong to the Unites States military.
“Look, film this too. These are American parachutes,” an Arabic-speaking man says in a translation acquired by Infowars. “We are inside the Baiji oil field. Is there anyone that doesn’t see them? You all see them!”
The unknown man goes on to claim that both food and weapons were supplied to ISIS fighters during their time in the area.
“These are American parachutes that the Americans sent to IS when they were here in Baiji,” he states. “With them they sent weapons and food. So that no one can say that we are lying, film this so you will see…”
According to Guardian contributor Hayder al-Khoei, who posted the footage to Twitter Thursday, “Vids like this & others of helos flying above Hashd/ISF positions towards ISIS-held areas” often reinforce the popular “narrative that US supports ISIS in Iraq.”
As noted by the Wall Street Journal last June, a growing number of Iraqi residents believe ISIS jihadists are receiving direct support from the American government in light of the terror group’s continued gains.
“We all know that America is providing ISIS with weapons and food, and that it is because of American backing that they have become so strong,” Abbas Hashem, a 50-year-old who fled Ramadi, told reporters.
Alia Nusseif, a prominent Iraqi lawmaker, also accused the US government of using ISIS as a proxy army to “divide and weaken” the country.
“We don’t have any trust in Americans anymore,” Nusseif said. “We now think ISIS is being used as a tool by America to divide and weaken Iraq.”
The belief among Iraqis became increasingly widespread last year after ISIS jihadists posted footage online with weapons they received from a US airdrop. According to the US government, the airdrop was intended to reach Kurdish fighters battling in the city of Kobani.
A seperate airdrop by the Iraqi air force that same year also saw large amounts of food and water fall into the hands of ISIS jihadists near the western province of Anbar.
While facts surrounding the latest video’s claims have yet to be substantiated, declassified 2012 Pentagon documents recently uncovered by a US-based political watchdog group show that the Pentagon purposely allied itself with Iraqi terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda, in an attempt to topple the Syrian government.
“According to the newly declassified US document the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of this strategy, and warned that it could destabilize Iraq,” reports award-winning journalist Nafeez Ahmed. “Despite anticipating that Western, Gulf state and Turkish support for the ‘Syrian opposition’ — which included al-Qaeda in Iraq — could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the document provides no indication of any decision to reverse the policy of support to the Syrian rebels. On the contrary, the emergence of an al-Qaeda affiliated ‘Salafist Principality’ as a result is described as a strategic opportunity to isolate Assad.”