Zarqawi's goal--as explained in a letter--was to ignite a sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslims.
Everyone simply called in al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).
In 2005, Ayman al-Zawahiri--al-Qaeda second in command--outlined the strategy of creating a caliphate.
At the end of the year, MSC united with more jihadists and formed the Mutayibeen Coalition.
The next day, they declared themselves the Islamic State of Iraq.
By 2008, the group was almost completely destroyed.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the new leader on May 16, 2010. He recruited former Ba'athist military and intelligence officers.
The Ba'ath Party is national socialism. It's modeled on the German National Socialist Workers' Party.
The dynamic was exactly the same as 2003-2004. Shi'ite Iran controlled Iraq, so the Sunnis turned to terrorists to protect them.
The Islamic State created the al-Nusra Front, which became al-Qaeda's franchise in Syria.
However, both the al-Nusra Front and al-Qaeda rejected this proclamation.
By February of 2014, al-Qaeda had severed all ties with ISIL.
In June of 2014, the Iraqi armed forces collapsed. An entire division simply ran away, leaving all its heavy weapons for ISIL.
They got their money from selling oil, from taxes, from kidnapping for ransom, and from extortion.
Baghdadi declared the worldwide caliphate of the Islamic State.
Also, the Obama administration adopted a self-serving policy of fighting only terrorists with "al-Qaeda" in the name of their group.
Make the enemy so strong that the country has to turn to an unpopular government for protection.
The Russians didn't attack the Islamic State for over a year.
Everything from 2003 to January 20, 2017, was a series of terrible decisions.
NOW, we have a president who listens to the locals.
The Syrian Arabs and Kurds had painted themselves into corners. Trump got them out.
Assad is a figurehead now. He has no real power.
Now, THEY get to call the shots. Assad lacks the ability to take back the areas that the Kurds control. So they'll work out a deal.
And as always, everyone is ignoring the Gulf Cooperation Council.
If we're ASKED TO HELP, we can.
But otherwise, we need to stay out of their affairs.
And multiple operations were carried out last night. The videos prove it.
Trump isn't talking about them.