The Iranian regime carried out a very comprehensive plan in the first three months of the Syria civil war to save Assad from ultimate defeat: it allowed ISIS and al-Qaeda to literally roam free on Syrian soil. In this regard around 2,500 extremist al-Qaeda and Islamist prisoners in Assad’s prisons were released and they were indirectly provided with arms. The tactic used by the Quds Force in Syria was that these ISIS and al-Qaeda extremist would receive messages to attack a base. When a small number of these elements would attack Assad troops would evacuate the base and place it at their disposal, therefore providing a large amount of weapons and ammunition in their hands. With al-Qaeda and ISIS never knowing the Iranian regime and Assad were providing them with arms.
These extremist forces were strengthened to a point that the US and Europe came to believe if Assad was overthrown ISIS and al-Qaeda would come to power in this country. Therefore they overhauled the moderate Syrian opposition “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) and the war was practically turned into a fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda, pitting Islamic extremists against Syrian government. Finally they made the US believe if Assad is overthrown ISIS and al-Qaeda will come to power.
Obama, who had designated Assad’s use of chemical weapons as a red line to stage airstrikes against Bashar Assad, reached this conclusion after seeing ISIS and al-Qaeda gaining strength that any airstrikes against ISIS will play in favor of ISIS and al-Qaeda. Therefore, despite the fact that Assad had used chemical weapons and crossed his red line, Obama took no action at all. Therefore, as a result of the cooperation between the Iranian regime, Assad and the US, the moderate Syrian opposition lost the chance of overthrowing Assad, and moreover ISIS and al-Qaeda gained hegemony on the ground. Down the road ISIS gained the upper hand against the al-Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army.
In further developments in Iraq, while receiving his orders from Iran’s Quds Force, Maliki began his crackdown against Sunni provinces and staging waves of arrests and killings. Thus, he practically forced the peaceful revolutionary tribes into an armed movement and the main beneficiary was ISIS, being able to take advantage of the lack of organization amongst the tribes and recruiting their forces.
Due to its organizational power ISIS was able to recruit the tribal forces and quickly re-establish its hierarchy despite the fact that their numbers in Iraq were very limited. However, in the fall of Mosul in 2014, where the main fighting was conducted by the revolutionary tribes, ISIS was able to implement its hegemony and through its criminal measures it placed everyone under its own dominance. As a result, in a very short period the tribes who had lost all hope in Maliki’s government saw their only refuge in ISIS and were easily recruited.ISIS gained major control over the Sunni provinces of Neinawa, Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala and Salahadin. Therefore, after Syria the Quds Force in Iraq effectively took the moderate opposition out of the equation and left ISIS alone on the ground. This left The US forced to accept Shiite militants in the figh
Conclusion: The term “ISIS: Made by Iranian regime & Maliki, with US cooperation” finds its place and meaning. Unfortunately, I must say that Mr. Obama and experienced American politicians suffered a severe setback from the Iranian regime and currently the US has entered the war against ISIS that has no prospect in sight. Now we understand the exact reason why Obama says there is no strategy in the war against ISIS.