US used ISIL to separate oil-rich Kirkuk, Basra from Iraq: Analyst
The United States used the ISIL terrorist group to “destabilize” the Middle East region and separate oil-rich Kirkuk and Basra from Iraq, a political commentator says.
Dean Henderson, author of “Big Oil and their Bankers,” said Thursday the creation of ISIL (or ISIS) was “by design,” because the United States and its regional allies “wanted to lop off Kurdistan as a separate country, using ISIS to destabilize the area.”
“They want Kurdistan to be a separate nation because Kirkuk oil field is in that area and it’s a very large oil field and they also want Basra lopped off from Iraq eventually because of the south Ramallah oil field in that area,” Henderson told Press TV in a phone interview.
“It’s not going to happen,” he said. “Because the Iraqis had the sense to get this government in place quickly and they have aligned themselves with the Kurds and I don’t think they are going to allow for that to happen.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to Iraq and met with new Iraqi authorities in Baghdad just after Iraqi lawmakers approved a new government headed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Kerry’s visit comes as the Iraqi army, backed by Kurdish Peshmarga forces, local tribesmen and volunteer forces, is fighting the ISIL terrorist group which has seized large swaths of land in both Iraq and Syria.
“ISIS, in a nutshell, is another failed foreign policy of the Obama administration,” Henderson said. “It is a sign of a dying desperate empire trying to hang on to control over the world.”
The United States and some of its regional allies, chief among them Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been supporting militant groups in Syria to fight the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Last year, ISIL exploited the chaos of the Syrian conflict to capture a vast expanse of territory there before sweeping into neighboring Iraq.