The Bureaucracy of Terror in Mosul: Todenhöfer’s Unprecedented Footage from Within

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“A German author given unprecedented access to territory controlled by the so-called Islamic State, has told the BBC that IS is stronger, more brutal and harder to confront than he’d expected.

Jürgen Todenhöfer spent 10 days in Mosul and Raqqa. Caroline Hawley spoke to him about what he found.”

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  1. When I watch these videos telling us how strong and terrible ISIS is, one thing strikes me: where are they getting their funds and weapons from? Who is supporting them?

    Any group that wants to be more than just a small, local power must have funding and access to military supplies. So far, the evidence seems to be that ISIS is getting support, mainly through Turkey, from countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar–countries that are our allies. Further, it appears that much of the use of the U.S. military, the air strikes and so on, is directed against the Assad regime in Syria. Apparently, the U.S. is perfectly happy to use ISIS for its own purposes, regardless of what happens to the people in the region.

    In short, all is not as it seems here. We have been buffaloed by our leaders before in supporting war in Iraq when that was not warranted, and we have no guarantee that something similar is not going on now. Again: where is ISIS getting the funds and supplies from to be such a “threat”? This bears investigating.

    • America no longer has the leverage to stop Saudi Arabia from creating a sphere of influence. Our debts to Saudi Arabia grow ever deeper. Our screwups in Anbar outraged the royals. Now we must either pretend to still be in control and get stuck with the crimes of our allies, or admit we’re no longer a superpower and face collapse globally and a psychotic backlash domestically.

      • “Our debts to Saudi Arabia grow ever deeper…” What debts? Please explain. Last I checked, we import oil from Saudi Arabia (which is paid for at the pump) and we sell them a lot of weapons (which they pay us for). We are not financially in debt to them.

        “…or admit we’re no longer a superpower…” What? We have by far the largest military of any country, deployed all over the world, and the size of our economy is rivaled only by China. Yes, we let Wall Street do reckless things with investments, and that is a problem. And we would likely be better off not trying to dominate the world as we now do. But the U.S. is still a superpower and is not facing collapse just yet…IF we keep our own house in order. (We will see what the Republican congress does regarding that.)

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