Leader of Jihadist Onslaught in Iraq Released on Obama’s Watch

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


Abu-bakr-al-BaghdadiOn October 22nd, 2007, Osama bin Laden admitted in an audio tape, entitled “Message to the people of Iraq,” that al Qaeda was losing the war in Iraq because it had made mistakes and no longer had the allegiance of Sunni insurgents who had switched sides. When Barack Obama became president on January 20, 2009, the war in Iraq was essentially won. The al Qaeda-backed insurgency was reduced to smoldering embers. George W. Bush’s surge had succeeded.

Safely behind bars at the time was Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, an al Qaeda-linked point man who was imprisoned at Camp Bucca in Iraq, after being captured by U.S. forces in 2005. According to a Pentagon assessment at the time, al Baghdadi “would kidnap individuals or entire families, accuse them, pronounce sentence and then publicly execute them.”

However, the Obama administration decided to shut down the Bucca prison camp and hand over its prisoners to the Iraqi government, including Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, in 2009. The Iraqi government later released him. Al Baghadi boasted to the U.S. soldiers who had held him prisoner, “I’ll see you in New York.”

The release of al Baghadi and other jihadist insurgents from the Bucca prison, coupled with President Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 rather than follow the military’s advice to leave a residual force behind, turned the smoldering embers of the once defeated al Qaeda-backed insurgency into a raging out-of-control conflagration.

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has re-emerged to become the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  The jihadist group split with “core” al Qaeda after it refused to obey “core” al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri’s order to withdraw ISIS’s forces from Syria back to its home in Iraq and leave the Syrian fighting to the more local Syrian al Qaeda affiliated operatives. ISIS instead consolidated its seizure of territory in Syria from weaker rebel groups. Then, using its bases in Syria to launch more aggressive attacks in Iraq, ISIS in recent days has taken control of large portions of northern and western Iraq including Iraq’s second largest city Mosul. ISIS freed at least 1,000 militants held in prisons in Mosul, adding more jihadists to its swelling ranks. It has looted hundreds of millions of dollars from northern Iraqi banks and taken sophisticated military equipment left behind by fleeing Iraqi soldiers. ISIS has attracted Sunnis disaffected by Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister al-Maliki’s imperious attitude towards the Sunni minority population.

ISIS’s goal is to create an Islamic caliphate stretching across Sunni-dominated areas of Iraq and Syria. It has also threatened to destroy Shiite holy sites in Iraq and move towards the capital, Baghdad. Under al Baghdadi’s leadership, ISIS has been ruthless, methodically executing its opponents and imposing strict Sharia law wherever it has established control. The United States now has a $10 million bounty on Baghdadi’s head.

The Obama administration has been completely clueless on the dangerous situation that has been brewing in Iraq since its decision to release from U.S. custody Baghdadi and the other prisoners in the Bucca prison camp in 2009 and the total withdrawal of U.S. soldiers from Iraq in 2011. Indeed, the administration has been delusional in its belief that everything has been going so well in Iraq because of Obama’s policies.

Back in 2010, Vice President Joe Biden made this preposterous claim:

I am very optimistic about Iraq. I think it’s gonna be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re gonna see 90,000 American troops come marchin’ home by the end of the summer. You’re gonna see a stable government in Iraq that is actually movin’ toward a representative government. I’ve been there 17 times now. I go about every two months, three months. I know every one of the major players in all the segments of that society. It’s impressed me. I’ve been impressed, how they have been deciding to use the political process, rather than guns, to settle their differences.

Was Abu Bakr al Baghdadi one of “the major players in all the segments of that society” with whom Biden was impressed?

Commenting on his decision to pull all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011, President Obama said that “in Iraq, we’ve succeeded in our strategy to end the war.” He added “the tide of war is receding” and “we’ve renewed American leadership in the world.”

In the middle of 2012, after U.S. troops had been totally withdrawn, Antony J. Blinken, the national security adviser to Vice President Biden wrote that violence in Iraq was “at historic lows.”

And during a presidential debate with Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign, Obama said: “We ended the war in Iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11. And as a consequence, al-Qaeda’s core leadership has been decimated. What I would not have done is left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down. That certainly would not help us in the Middle East.”

While Obama has bragged about decimating “core” al Qaeda with drone attacks, his focus has been on yesterday’s leaders. There is a new generation of jihadists, inspired by the successes of Baghdadi in the battlefield now encompassing Syria as well as Iraq.

“Not since Osama bin Laden has a leader been held in such reverence among Sunni fighters, scored such stunning and shocking victories, and threatened so much of the established order,” wrote Graeme Baker, an online editor with Al Jazeera. “Baghdadi supporters speak of him as al-Qaeda mark two, the leader of a new generation working to bring about the Islamic caliphate envisioned by Bin Laden.”

Tragically, President Obama is making the same mistake in Afghanistan. He has publicly announced his timetable for complete withdrawal of American troops. And he agreed to release five high level Taliban leaders with ties to al Qaeda from Guantanamo in exchange for an American soldier who left his post without permission and may have deserted his platoon.  As reported by AirForceTimes, Rob Williams, the U.S. national intelligence officer for South Asia, told the Senate intelligence committee that four out of the five prisoners swapped for Bowe Bergdahl “are expected to resume activities with the Taliban.”

Albert Einstein is said to have famously proclaimed, “The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over, and then expecting different results.” That describes President Obama’s policies towards the jihadists to a tee.

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  • http://loganswarning.com/ Christoper Logan

    No disrespect but how was the war ever won? The Christians there had it worse than before Bush’s nation building plan. When do non-Muslims start worrying about there own people over Muslims? We do not owe them a thing. America needs to become energy independent, and end all Muslim immigration. Otherwise it is just a matter of time until America herself falls to Islam.

  • RickG

    Has it ever occurred to anyone that Barry Sotero is all for the establishment of a caliphate and his minions are too dumb to realize they will be the first in line for a head trim?

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      That is a distinct possibility, Rick.

      • BagLady

        No it isn’t. You are both foolish. A Muslim caliphate? How would Michelle feel under her burka?

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          Perhaps she doesn’t even know. If she did, might not she be pushing halal on America’s schoolchildren?

          • BagLady

            In Britain, the meat in hospitals, schools, prisons etc etc is now all halal. Perhaps this serves a dual purpose:

            1) acceptable to the growing Muslim population and
            2) It’s cheaper.

            Outrage is all nonsense of course. As more erudite Muslim clerics will tell you, meat becomes halal once it is blessed by a prayer before consumption. The means of slaughter has nothing to do with it, save the beast must be respected and protected from undue suffering.

            I for one don’t care who prays over my food so long as it tastes good.

          • Lea

            Here you will get a better idea of how muslims slaughter animals, and it is definitely not just a prayer. Halal does not taste better neither is it cheaper. The fact remains that muslims are enforcing on the vast non muslim including those of other faiths who may just have their rights violated through this broad scale application of halal (it can be considered meat sacrificed to demons); this is in fact imposing sharia Islamic laws on the rest of us and should be rejected at every turn. Secondly, muslims have to contribute a zakat, a tithe of their earnings, towards jihad, the expansion of Islamic sharia, this includes violence and terror. Thirdly, it is an extremely cruel method of slaughter, and goes beyond anything acceptable to human beings who are humane, not cruel. You could do some research on this.
            http://www.banliveexport.com/gaza
            http://moneyjihad.wordpress.com/?s=halal

            Muslims are also exterminating our wildlife because they use the proceeds to fund their Islamic unholy jihad on the rest of humanity.
            http://moneyjihad.wordpress.com/?s=wildlife

            http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/10/16/hooray-gaza-muslims-injured-as-they-torture-animals-for-the-eid-holiday/

    • 95Theses

      Not that they’d miss it.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    This item gives evidence on why we will lose this war and become Dimmihs to the Satanic horde. We catch them, feed them, vaccinate them and then we set them lose, back on the blattle field. Our leaders are feckless, and our soldiers have been indoctrinated to think that Muslims want what we want. Freedom, Democracy, Equality in court of Law, women’ suffrage, these are just words to Muslims, but we are the suckers who die for something they don,t want.

    • BagLady

      Birth control is the biggest problem. There is a number of societies that believe they must have many sons and the products of this belief are being shipped west in search of opportunity in the streets paved with gold.

      It reminds me of the plague of various ant varieties that are plaguing me at the moment. They come under darkness, attracted by the lamp. They shed their oversized gossamer wings the minute they land and rush off to establish a new colony. They have no personal expectations and die in their thousands. They are programmed to act only for the species:; build a colony and procreate.

    • Lea

      The OIC, which represents 57 muslim countries at the UN, the largest and most powerful voting bloc apparently at the UN, has its very own Cairo Declaration of Human Rights. In this document we can clearly notice that when muslims speak of human rights they in fact mean something entirely opposite to what the west means. For them, the only human right a human being has is to submit to sharia Islamic governance. Muslims never stop to think that the mere mortal men who are doing the governing are just evil unredeemed people whose main thing in life is greed and pride and envy.

      • 1Indioviejo1

        Yes, you are right. Muslims are indoctrinated in the Sharia version of human rights. That is why we are totally incompatible and should treat them as enemies. Our stupidity allows them to infiltrate the west in a version of stealth Jihad.

  • BagLady

    Are you suggesting the whole US political machine is mad?

    ” Not since Osama bin Laden has a leader been held in such reverence ”

    He was a little old dying man, living out his final days in a hovel in Pakistan. He was a threat to no-one nor a leader of anyone. Only the West gave his name celebrity status. His murder was trivial and designed to up Obama’s ratings.

    • Lea

      Al Qaida is a database, residing in a huge computer, that sits in the Islamic Bank of Saudi Arabia which is also used by the OIC, who created this database, al Qaida. It is primarily a platform which registers the names and whereabouts of the muslim jihadists who are busy practising the tenets of their violent faith, so that their relatives can interact with them and in the dissemination of Islamic propaganda and directives. The OIC appears to be the Islamic caliphate; it is just a matter of territory and subjugation of non muslims. Osama bin Laden and his followers never called themselves al-Qaida, but rather the “World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and the
      Crusaders”, the “Islamic Army for the Liberation of Holy Places”
      and so on.

      http://www.globalresearch.ca/al-qaeda-the-database-2/24738

      http://www.theguardian.com/books/2002/aug/24/alqaida.sciencefictionfantasyandhorror

      • BagLady

        To be more accurate, subjugation of non Sunni. Organisations morph over time and their goals change.

        Maliki and Iran etc vs Saudi and Assad etc.

        Does Maliki have a haunted look?

  • Isotired

    Remember when all the Obama voters said it was the “perfect ticket” because Obama was such a unifier and smart and Biden brought the international world experience in so there was nothing the two of them couldn’t handle! Um, Biden is showing how much (little) he knows about everything and Obama is watching the nightly news to see how his administration is doing. Pathetic.

    • Lea

      It is a major mistake to excuse these traitorous leaders by believing that they “know nothing” about what is really going on. The truth is more likely that they are a part of what is going on and are obfuscating the issues, so that they can further their non human agendas.

  • Walter Sieruk

    As for this Islamic terror chief, Abu Baki Al Baghdadi along with his deadly jihadist thugs in the bloodly and heinous violence of militant jihadists in the ISIS.They all bring to mind the Bible crurse on such violent characters as these Islamic terorists. For the Bible in Psalm 140:11 reads “May disaster hunt down men of violence.” [NIV]

  • Walter Sieruk

    The dangerous and deadly militant jihadists of ISIS with all their evil and madness is,somewhat, explained in the Bible. For in Ecclesiastes 9″3. it teaches “The hearts of men are full of evil and there is madness in the hearts while they live, and afterwards they join the dead.” [NIV]

  • Johnny Walker

    and yet he is a counter-balance to Iran/Hezbollah.

    • Lea

      This war between the shia and sunni, is a farce, the top most leaders are in collaboration, anything for allah goes.

  • SoCalMike

    Obama shares the jihadi vision and goal of the Caliphate he is helping to create.
    Just don’t come out and say so because it means you’re “raaythist, raythist.”

    • BagLady

      Oh poor Mike, you are missing the game plan.

      This has nothing to do with caliphates and Obama’s “jihadi vision”. That’s just plain silly. It seems you can’t see past his colour and name and accept this man as the product of his ‘calling’.

      Divide and conquer is the order of the day today. Tomorrow it may be otherwise, but for the moment……..

  • John Bunch

    George W. Bush started the War with Iraq in 2003. Then Senator Barack Obama voted against using force in Iraq and encouraged keeping the US eye on the real prize. Osama bin Laden. Bush had 6 years and 10 months to finish the War in Iraq. His solution was to the War in Iraq was to hand it off + No Osama bin Laden to President Obama on Jan 20, 2009. Iraq should have been resolved in 6 years and 10 months. So, Republicans, shut the F-up about the mishandling of Iraq. Your supreme leader (GWB) started a fight he couldn’t finish much less win.

    • Lea

      The fact remains, no matter how you swing it, is that Obama’s withdrawal of troops from Iraq is a drastic mistake. Obama’s administration is aiding the expansion of the isalmic sharia psychopaths. Osama’s administration however is not just about him, it is about instating the Islamic global caliphate, NWO?, and this has the minds and hearts of the majority of muslims even those living in the west, since islam is a supremacist militant political ideology. The war is against Islam because Islam is a crime against humanity due to its koranic injunctions which inspire a perpetual war on humanity, creating the millions of displaced refugees that now plague the world. This is a war that takes place on many levels. Americans are not even aware of the fact that a coup has occurred of their government, by Marxist muslims. The war on Islam is a physical war and most definitely can be won, decisively, but not by the bleeding heart victim mentality anti-western demobrats of America.

    • Lea

      The fact that Americans have not impeached Obama yet proves that Americans have lost their moral compass.

  • Andy

    Sorry, but this is inaccurate information. It was fact-checked and rated as false. Here is the fact checking link. http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/jun/19/jeanine-pirro/foxs-pirro-obama-set-isis-leader-free-2009/

  • 01hawkeye

    This would be damning if it weren’t all lies. He was released in 2004 under Bush

  • JonEdHil

    Baghdadi was released under an agreement with theprevious administratioon. The terms of the Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq required the U.S. to turn over all prisoners to the custody of Iraq’s criminal system. That agreement was negotiated and agreed to by the Bush administration in 2008.

  • 140seconds

    In fact, Baghdadi was released as a result of a mandate signed by President George W. Bush. You might want to research this stuff more thoroughly before you get all your hot and bothered readers whipped up into an emotional frenzy. The mandate, signed in 2008 was an effort to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and required all detainees (Baghdadi was captured in 2005), be handed over to Iraqi forces, who, at some point, let him go. He would never have left our hands had it not been for the Bush administration.