Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi leads a terrorist army known variously as ISIS or the Islamic State.
As the Barack Obama administration seeks reliable allies to confront the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) - the official U.S. Department of Defense nomenclature for the newest radical Islamist bogeyman that has eclipsed "Al Qaeda" as global "public enemy number one" - the United States is on the precipice of falling into another Middle Eastern quagmire.
The deeper one digs into the operations surrounding the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), or, as it is variably called, "Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham" (ISIS), "Al Dawlah" (the State), or "Da'ish" (a concatenation of "al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Iraq wa al-Sham," the more the Islamist insurgent group's links to Western and Israeli intelligence are revealed.
ISIL is an outgrowth of the Organization of Jihad's Base in the Country of the Two Rivers or Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. As with the current leader of ISIL, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, questions surrounded the background of Zarqawi.
As described in a PowerPoint slide created by the Multinational Force - Iraq (MNFI), Zarqawi was largely a menacing character created by the Pentagon's psychological operations, media operations, and special operations to leverage a xenophobic response from Iraq's religious and ethnic groups, including Shi'as, moderate Sunnis, Sufis, and Kurds.
In a 2004 slide titled "Result," the MNFI bragged that its creation of the Zarqawi threat had the following desired results:
"Abu Musab al-Zarqawi now represents:
a. Terrorism in Iraq
b. Foreign Fighters in Iraq
c. Suffering of Iraqi People (Infrastructure Attacks)
d. Denial of Iraqi Aspirations (Disrupting Transfer of Sovereignty)
The slide concludes with a description of the effect of promoting Zarqawi as the top threatening terrorist in Iraq, which was to:
"Eliminate popular support for a potentially sympathetic insurgency. Deny ability of insurgency to 'take root' among the people.