This is a scratchpad area for data pertaining to the role of Syria and ISIS in The Syndicate's apparent agenda of creating a "Greater Iran" by (under one possible hypothesis) using ISIS to "normalise" US-Iran relations making the covert alliance between the US and Iranian Establishments become overt. A more plausible hypothesis may be that The Syndicate is using ISIS to make the Iranian Islamists appear "moderate". Also, given that covert Geopolitical alliances don't tend to be borne of love, ISIS also serve the function of sending a message to the Iranian Establishment - "Don't get too big for your boots".
In particular, evidence which suggests that the Syrian regime - while purportedly in opposition to the US - is collaborating with this agenda.
It is clear that ISIS was essentially born in the US military prison system in Iraq as part of US policy in which Baathist fascists and Sunni jihadists were mixed. As can be seen further below, the Assad regime allowed Sunni jihadists to network within Syria and cross the border with Iraq during the US occupation. More importantly, the US did virtually nothing to prevent the Assad regime from conducting this pro-jihadist operation.

It increasingly appears as though Russia - regardless of what the actual motivations of the Russian Establishment may be - is being effectively used as the "frontman" for creating a "Greater Iran" under the guise of making the US and the West in general appear "incompetent". This way, if Greater Iran (Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon) can be built and used to destroy Israel, this result can be blamed largely on the Russians and on "US incompetence" - The Syndicate will have grammatically covered its tracks.

The wildcard in all these Geopolitical manipulations is the Rojava Revolution which is anomalous and inspires optimism, and which may yet Grammatically force The Syndicate to radically revisit its Middle Eastern policies.


UPDATE! (13th July 2016):- The following articles require analysis:-

Does Iran Support The Islamic State? May 26, 2015 Kyle W Orton's Blog

The allegations contained in this article appear plausible, however caution is required. Kyle W Orton, according to his bio, is a researcher/analyst with the Henry Jackson Society. In and of itself this proves nothing, however it becomes clear that Orton is promoting a "neocon" narrative wherein Iran is the bad guy acting more or less alone. The role of the US in empowering the Iranian Islamists, and in the creation of ISIS is thus ignored by Orton. Indeed, in a comment after his above article, Orton contemptuously dismisses the DIA report, citing this blog post by John R. Schindler as substantiation. According to his bio, Schindler is a creature of the US Intelligence Establishment. Considerable analysis is required here.

Regime Change: How the CIA put Saddam's Party in Power From Richard Sanders, 24 October 2002

UPDATE! (24th June 2016):- Interesting Tweet

UPDATE! (4th May 2016):- From Sky News
IS Files Reveal Assad's Deals With Militants
What is very curious is the nature of most (virtually all) the comments under that article. They are VERY shrilly dismissing it as Western propaganda designed to make Assad (and to an extent, Putin) look bad. There is superficial force to those kinds of assertions (none of the comments rise to the level of arguments), however not a scrap of evidence is cited to back them. The comments smell of FSB plants, though there's really no way of proving it. It must be kept in mind also that the hypothesis that it is merely Western propaganda being deployed in order to prepare for the overthrow of Assad doesn't even come close to cutting the mustard - if The Syndicate truly wanted Assad gone, he'd have gone a long time ago. Without putting too fine a point on it, he's still there.
A related article - Islamic State Files: 'Goldmine Of Information' - also needs analysis.

UPDATE! (13th Mar 2016):- The following articles need to be fact-checked:-
Russia freezes Iran missile sale following Israeli pressure and
Russia is dictating to Iran and Turkey

Also, Russia's Risky Syria Strategy By Ilan Berman as Berman is very much a creature of the US Foreign policy Establishment

UPDATE! (2nd Mar 2016):- The article "How the U.S. Lost the Kurds" needs to be analysed and chunks of it refuted. It provides insight into how The Syndicate may attempt to destroy the Rojava Revolution - a hypothesis which predicts that Turkey will be sacrificed in a "suicide military invasion" of Syria in which Russia only properly responds when it's too late, with NATO effectively handing a crippled Turkey over to the Russian Eurasionists needs to be tested. In any event, the Rojavans need to be prepared for something along those lines occurring.

UPDATE! (15 Feb 2016):- The assertions made in the article "Must US Oppose Russia[sic"] regarding Assad and Putin need to be analysed and tested. Notwithstanding the pro-US Imperialist attitude of the author, many of the assertions regarding Putin's and Assad's agendas - if true - make a great deal of sense of the Geopolitical situation. They would also support hypotheses which claim that the apparent enmity between Russia and the US, and Russia and Turkey, may well be largely theatre.
See also "ANALYSIS: Russia, US compete to ally with Kurds in ISIS fight" and "Foreign Shiite fighters closing in on Aleppo".

See also (22nd Feb 2016) "U.S.-Russia Relations: What Would Henry Kissinger Do?"

Assad sought Russian Support To Prevent Iranian Occupation of Syria |“Assad and those around him are afraid of the Iranians”


The Wikipedia entry at contains many curiosities which will need to be analysed. For now, I will reproduce just the section at and a section in a related entry at which contains allegations of Syrian-ISIS collusion. I will then engage in a process of analysing/fact checking these allegations (or at least the more important ones).

It must be pointed out that the general allegation that Assad has backed Al Qaeda/ISIS/Other Jihadists has been addressed (somewhat) by defenders of the regime. This is, of course, to be expected. For example Australian-Syrian Mimi Al-Laham talks in the following video about the 'Assad backs Al-Qaeda Myth'.

There are two things which strike me about this:-
1) Those who reject the Assad-Al Qaeda hypothesis seem to do so only on the bases that:-
a) Why would Assad back those who are attempting to overthrow him?; and
b) The US and related powers are backing Al Qaeda/ISIS; and
2) Those who reject the Assad-Al Qaeda hypothesis do not actually address the evidence which purports to support it, preferring to dismiss said evidence as mere propaganda.

On the other hand, most of those who promote the Assad-Al Qaeda hypothesis, tend to do so in support of an agenda along the lines of "This is yet another reason why we can't work with Assad". Many of them also ignore the abundance of evidence which substantiates the hypothesis that the US is (primarily) behind the rise of ISIS - as is succinctly summarised and explained by Dr. Francisco Gil-White in a recent analytical article - at most, they'll admit that the US has "made mistakes" or "is incompetent", or similar.
This is exemplified in Daniel "Shillman" Greenfield's article "The US Didn’t Create ISIS -- Assad and Saddam Did" with the sub-heading "Dictators pay a price for allying with Islamic terrorism". What Greenfield is essentially alleging is that both Saddam Hussein and Bashar Al-Assad, by working with Islamic terrorists, sowed the seeds of their own destruction. This brazen promotion of absurdities can be dismissed quite swiftly. Firstly, Hussein wasn't removed from power by Islamists, but by the US led invasion of Iraq. Secondly, Assad remains in power after over 4 years of the Syrian "civil war", and thirdly, Greenfield doesn't even pretend to deal with the extensive evidence which substantiates a hypothesis that ISIS et al are largely a creation of US policy, and a deliberate one at that.
As Greenfield is clearly reasonably intelligent, it may be taken that his brazen omissions are the result of ideologically induced blindness, if not borne of an intention to intentionally deceive his readership. In any event, it is a symptom of the Counter-Jihad Movement's current inability to perceive who its real enemy is.
Articles related to the Greenfield "hypothesis" include Here's how US special-ops spies caught Assad letting jihadis pass through Syria to kill Americans and Saddam Hussein’s Regime Produced The Islamic State also Syria's Role in the Iraq Insurgency - the latter really requires a separate page for analysis which will be undertaken HERE.

It seems that a third hypothesis - or set of hypotheses - is required to explain ALL the evidence which is available. Further, an analysis of the various political grammars being deployed to various target audiences must be undertaken.

Al-Qaeda and ISIS

Further information: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant § Allegations of Syrian support

In 2003, Assad revealed in an interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper that he doubted the organization of al-Qaeda even existed. He was quoted as saying, "Is there really an entity called al-Qaeda? Was it in Afghanistan? Does it exist now?" He went on further to remark about bin Laden commenting, he "cannot talk on the phone or use the Internet, but he can direct communications to the four corners of the world? This is illogical."[164]

INITIAL THOUGHTS:- That quote comes from a USATODAY article titled "Assad doubts existence of al-Qaeda". Regardless of Assad's motive(s) for saying that, the scepticism expressed is entirely reasonable given the lack of real evidence of "al-Qaeda" authorship of the 9/11 attacks (indeed, that narrative is utterly absurd). Furthermore it is quite impossible for the hypothesis (if it can even be dignified as such) that "al-Qaeda did 9/11" to explain the abundant and extraordinary evidence which Dr. Judy Wood has compiled in her seminal investigative work Where Did the Towers Go?
Most certainly, it is politically grammatical - for more on this concept see the work of Dr. Francisco Gil-White in his evolving series Psychological warfare and political grammar - for Assad to be making these expressions, as the article then goes on to assert

Such speculation is popular among some in the Arab world who say Washington has manufactured or exaggerated the threat posed by al-Qaeda in order to paint Muslims as dangerous.

There is much embedded complexity in that assertion, which will be given detailed attention in due course.
Further analysis will need to be done of that article as it goes on to quote Assad deploying fairly stock standard and demonstrably absurd cliches regarding the relationship between the US and Israel.
A grammatical analysis of that article is required.


In more recent times, Assad's relationship with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been subject to much attention. Terrorism expert Peter R. Neumann has stated that "In the years that preceded the uprising, Assad and his intelligence services took the view that jihad could be nurtured and manipulated to serve the Syrian government’s aims".[165] During the Iraq War, the Assad regime was accused of training jihadis and facilitating their passage into Iraq, with these infiltration routes remaining active until the Syrian Civil War; US General Jack Keane has stated that "Al Qaeda fighters who are back in Syria, I am confident, they are relying on much they learned in moving through Syria into Iraq for more than five years when they were waging war against the U.S. and Iraq Security Assistance Force".[166] Iraqi president Nouri al-Maliki threatened Assad with an international tribunal over the matter, and ultimately lead to the 2008 Abu Kamal raid, and United States airstrikes within Syria during the Iraq War.[167]

INITIAL THOUGHTS:- This definitely requires investigation. Peter Neumann's article which describes, inter alia, Syrian-Jihadist collaboration does seem plausible, and jibes with other evidence. Must search for evidence which substantiates or refutes Neumann - his article is plausible, but lacks referencing. This analysis really requires a separate page and will be undertaken HERE.

The comments from General Jack Keane appear in the Washington Times article Al Qaeda ‘rat line’ from Syria to Iraq turns back against Assad Within that article there is also:-

More than any other Middle Eastern leader, it was Mr. Assad who bolstered al Qaeda’s ranks in Iraq. He let fighters use his country as a platform to jump into Iraq, where they learned how to inflict mass killings of civilians and ambush U.S. and Iraqi troops — skills used today against Syria’s regime.

Thousands of al Qaeda recruits moved through Syria into Iraq in the mid- to late 2000s, said a former military intelligence official who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss what he did in Iraq. In some instances, the U.S. intercepted 10 to 20 in one group trying to make their way to the homes of a network commander.

“Inside Syria, they moved from safe house to safe house,” the former official said. “They crossed the border at check stations where they had sympathizers or paid off dirty guards.”

While statements purporting to be from anonymous intelligence officials must be treated with scepticism, it is curious that the article states '…requested anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss what he did in Iraq…' - which possibly implies that he was involved in the covert US operation to create ISIS.

The Wikipedia editors' sentence regarding al-Maliki is somewhat confusing. The Abu Kamal raid occurred in October 2008, whereas al-Maliki's threats regarding an international tribunal occurred almost a year later.
It must be noted at this juncture that there are allegations that - in spite of angry words coming from Damascus - the US raid occurred with Syrian blessing. Sky News reported to this effect in Syria 'Gave Green Light For Raid' as did The Sunday Times in Questions raised over Syrian complicity in US raid. It is probably impossible to be certain - particularly as this was an ostensibly covert operation, and the media reports rely on 'Intelligence sources' - however the fact that this raid occurred in daylight utilising helicopters which the Syrians are supposedly 'paranoid' about, is consistent with the hypothesis that this raid occurred with Syrian-US collusion.

It is not yet entirely clear what agendas were served by al-Maliki's making diplomatic threats to Syria over Iraqi terrorists based in Syria, but it seems to have occurred in a diplomatic environment in which various powers including Turkey, Iran and France were attempting to 'improve Syrian-Iraqi ties'. Further, it seems to have occurred in an environment in which al-Maliki's conduct appears to have been shunned - see for example MEMRI's analysis Al-Maliki Turns His Back on Iran, Embraces Iraqi Nationalism and the opinion piece by David Ignatius of The Washington Post An Iraq Security Framework Via Its Neighbors. Further analysis is required to be certain, but it seems likely that al-Maliki's conduct was required by internal political grammar considerations.


During the Syrian Civil War, multiple parties in the conflict have accused Assad of collusion with ISIL to some degree. Several sources have claimed that ISIL prisoners were strategically released from Syrian prisons at the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011.[168] The Assad regime has bought oil directly from both ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front.[169] United States Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that the Assad regime has tactically avoided ISIL forces in order to weaken moderate opposition such as the Free Syrian Army,[170] as well as "even purposely ceding some territory to them [ISIS] in order to make them more of a problem so he can make the argument that he is somehow the protector against them".[171] An IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center database analysis confirmed that only a small percentage of Assad regime attacks were targeted at ISIL in 2014.[163] The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces has stated that the Assad regime has operatives inside ISIS,[172] as has the leadership of Ahrar ash-Sham.[173] ISIS members captured by the FSA have claimed that they were directed to commit attacks by Assad regime operatives.[174] Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi disputed such assertions in February 2014, arguing that "ISIS has a record of fighting the regime on multiple fronts", many rebel factions have engaged in oil sales to the Syrian regime because it is "now largely dependent on Iraqi oil imports via Lebanese and Egyptian third-party intermediaries", and while "the regime is focusing its airstrikes [on areas] where it has some real expectations of advancing" claims that it "has not hit ISIS strongholds" are "untrue". He concluded: "Attempting to prove an ISIS-regime conspiracy without any conclusive evidence is unhelpful, because it draws attention away from the real reasons why ISIS grew and gained such prominence: namely, rebel groups tolerated ISIS."[175]

The UK’s Ambassador to the United Nations Mark Lyall Grant concluded at the outset of the American-led coalition intervention in Syria that "ISIS is a monster that the Frankenstein of Assad has largely created".[176] French President Francois Hollande stated regarding the airstrikes, "Assad cannot be a partner in the fight against terrorism, he is the de facto ally of jihadists".[177] Analyst Noah Bonsey of the International Crisis Group has suggested that ISIL are politically expedient for Assad, as "the threat of ISIS provides a way out [for Assad] because the regime believes that over time the U.S. and other countries backing the opposition will eventually conclude that the regime is a necessary partner on the ground in confronting this jihadi threat", while Robin Wright of the Middle East studies at the Wilson Center has stated "the outside world’s decision to focus on ISIS has ironically lessened the pressure on Assad. And he’s getting away literally with murder on a daily basis".[178] In May 2015, Mario About Zeid of the Carnegie Middle East Center stated that the recent Hezbollah offensive "has exposed the reality of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Qalamoun; that it is operated by the Syrian regime's intelligence", after ISIL in the region engaged in probing attacks against FSA units at the outset of the fighting.[179]

On 1 June 2015, the United States stated that the Assad regime was "making air-strikes in support" of an ISIL advance on Syrian opposition positions north of Aleppo.[180] Referring to the same ISIL offensive, the president of the Syrian National Coalition Khaled Koja accused Assad of acting "as an air force for ISIS",[181] with the Defence Minister of the SNC Salim Idris stating that approximately 180 Assad regime officers were serving in ISIS and coordinating the group's attacks with the Syrian Arab Army.[182] Christopher Kozak of the Institute for the Study of War states that "Assad sees the defeat of ISIS in the long term and prioritizes in the more short-and medium-term, trying to cripple the more mainline Syrian opposition […] ISIS is a threat that lots of people can rally around and even if the regime trades … territory that was in rebel hands over to ISIS control, that weakens the opposition, which has more legitimacy [than ISIS]".[183] A media consultant who works directly for Assad threatened the Druze community in Suwayda with allowing ISIL to attack them if they refused to let their sons join the Syrian Arab Army; the Druze continued to refuse to be associated with the Assad regime, and ISIL attacks subsequently occurred soon after in northern Suwayda.[184]

As of 2015, Assad's regional main opponents, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, are openly backing the Army of Conquest, an umbrella rebel group that reportedly includes an al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front and another Salafi coalition known as Ahrar ash-Sham.[185][186][187] In the course of the conflict, ISIL has repeatedly massacred pro-government Alawite civilians and executed captured Syrian Alawite soldiers.[188][189] ISIL, al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and affiliated jihadist groups reportedly took the lead in an offensive on Alawite villages in Latakia Governorate of Syria in August 2013.[188][190]

Saudi Arabia does not officially support Islamic State, but the situation is more complex, according to Samer Abboud, author of the new book, Syria, in an interview with the Toronto Star. He says: "The Saudi regime is not directing official money to ISIS. But there are clerics that do. There are a lot of tensions between Saudi citizens, the religious establishment and government. Their policies are contradictory and that makes them more difficult to deal with."[99]

Allegations of Syrian support

Further information: Bashar al-Assad § Al-Qaeda and ISIL

During the ongoing Syrian Civil War, even though ISIL has repeatedly massacred Alawite civilians and executed captured Syrian Army Alawite soldiers,[301][303][616] with most Alawites supporting President Bashar al-Assad, himself an Alawite,[302] many opposition and anti-Assad parties in the conflict have accused the Syrian leadership of Bashar Assad of some form of collusion with ISIL,[617][618] whose dominance in the opposition against the Bashar al-Assad government would give that government a basis for its claim to being under attack by "terrorists" and "a secular bulwark against al-Qaida and jihadi fanaticism".[619] Several sources have claimed that ISIL prisoners were strategically released from Syrian prisons at the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011.[620] The Syrian government has bought oil directly from ISIL,[621] and in March 2015 a European Union report brought to light that the Syrian government and ISIL jointly run a HESCO gas plant in Tabqa, central Syria; the facility continues to supply government-held areas, and electricity continues to be supplied to ISIL-held areas from government-run power plants.[622] United States Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that the Syrian government has tactically avoided ISIL forces in order to weaken moderate opposition such as the Free Syrian Army (FSA),[618] as well as "even purposely ceding some territory to them [ISIL] in order to make them more of a problem so he can make the argument that he is somehow the protector against them".[623] An IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center database analysis confirmed that only 6% of Syrian government forces attacks were targeted at ISIL from 1 Jan to 21 November 2014, while in the same period only 13% of all ISIL attacks targeted government forces.[615] The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces has stated that the Syrian government has operatives inside ISIL,[624] as has the leadership of Ahrar ash-Sham.[625] ISIL members captured by the FSA have claimed that they were directed to commit attacks by Syrian government operatives.[626]

On 1 June 2015, the United States stated that the Syrian government was "making air-strikes in support" of an ISIL advance on Syrian opposition positions north of Aleppo.[627] The president of the Syrian National Coalition Khaled Koja accused Assad of acting "as an air force for [ISIL]",[628] with the Defense Minister of the SNC Salim Idris stating that approximately 180 Syrian government officers were serving in ISIL and coordinating the group's attacks with the Syrian Arab Army.[629]

A report on 25 June 2015 said that ISIS kept gas flowing to Assad regime-controlled power stations. Furthermore, ISIS allowed grain to pass from the Kurdish-held north-east to regime controlled areas at the cost of a 25% levy.[630]

On 28 June 2015, a source close to the Turkish National Intelligence Organization claimed an agreement was made between the Assad regime and ISIL to destroy the FSA in the country's north, continue oil sales, assassinate Zahran Alloush and surrender Tadmur and Sukhna. The sources said that a group of commanders of both sides held a meeting at a gas production plant in Hasaka's al-Shaddadi area on 28 May 2015, not to stop fighting each other, but to focus on destroying a common enemy – the Syrian rebel forces, especially the FSA.[631] Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has blamed the rise of ISIL on the international community's inaction towards the Assad regime, which left a vacuum of power in which ISIL was able to grow.[632]

The facts alleged in the following Tweet need to be investigated. More to the point - it has to be determined whether this story has "legs".

It appears that there may be truth to the above Tweet.
Syria conflict: Rebels 'to leave Yarmouk refugee camp' - BBC

ISIS suffers embarrassing defeat in southern Damascus as 4,000 terrorists flee Hajar Al-Aswad and Al-Qadam - Al-Masdar News

UN-brokered deal to let Daesh families leave Damascus suburbs - PressTV (Iranian outlet)


Russia’s Failed Adventure in Syria- maybe
Eyes On America As Obama Orders CIA To Assist With Violent Coup In Syria
Benghazi Commission: Obama Admin Gun-Running Scheme Armed Islamic State
On US campuses, the hatred of Israel is visceral (Not directly relevant here)


The Game Just Changed: Russia Allies With Kurds to Push Turkey out of Syria
This is brazen propaganda written by Rudy Panko - Russia Insider needs to be de-compiled at some point
Russia hits back at Turkey by changing Syria 'game'
This the Al Jazeera article which Panko's Russia Insider piece is based on
Russia can destroy Turkey by supporting Kurds
Iraqi Kurds refute Russia’s claims on Turkey-Daesh oil trade, say tankers belong to KRG
This appears to be a Turkish news site, however the claims made within it warrant further research

INITIAL THOUGHTS:- On the evidence currently reviewed, it appears that Russia is effectively supporting The Syndicate's agenda to create a "Greater Iran". It is not yet entirely clear whether this is intentional on the part of the Russian Establishment, or whether they have been effectively maneuvered into that role. Certainly, the propaganda which appears designed to target the extraordinarily naive - that Russia/Putin are "Saving everyone from ISIS/Turkey/NATO etc" - can be dismissed. The Kurdish factor seems entirely different. There is a significant amount of evidence which establishes that not only have various Kurdish forces in the region have been the most effective against ISIS terrorists, but that the Kurds have - under quite extraordinarily difficult circumstances - successfully created/maintained a very egalitarian and compassionate culture, in stark contrast to most of the other forces in the region. THE ROLE OF THE KURDS WILL REQUIRE AN EXTENSIVE AND SEPARATE ANALYSIS - now available here.

UPDATE 24TH DEC 2015 - It appears that cover narratives for The Syndicate's pro-Assad/Iran policy in Syria is being prepared. Seymour Hersh's interview on Democracy Now provides an overview - it appears as though it's being made to look like the rise of ISIS is being portrayed as being the result of Obama's "sloppiness" or "corruption" which certain military leaders warned about, and that Obama's supposed inability to remove Assad is being portrayed as being the result of said military leaders "undermining" Obama. Hersh's detailed article in the London Review of Books will require analysis.

US generals supplied Syria with intel over ISIS to avoid toppling Assad – Seymour Hersh

Iran assumes control of Iraqi military – Gen. Dempsey says “Iranian influence will be positive” - So General Dempsey rebelled against Obama? Unlikely!


Regime Change: How the CIA put Saddam's Party in Power From Richard Sanders, 24 October 2002

More Lies from The New York Times: Saddam Responsible for Islamic State Kurt Nimmo | - December 23, 2015

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