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Twitter has reached peak stupid today, so let's educate everybody.

The Islamic State was founded in 1999 by Jordanian career criminal Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

It was called The Organization of Monotheism and Jihad.
In 2003, the group went to Iraq and took part in the insurgency.

Zarqawi's goal--as explained in a letter--was to ignite a sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslims.
In 2004, Zarqawi pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and renamed his group The Organization of Jihad's Base in Mesopotamia.

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.
In 2006, AQI joined with other jihadists to form the Mujahideen Shura Council (MSC).

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.
The 2007-2008 troop surge by the US inflicted almost fatal damage on the Islamic State in 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.
From 2010, the ideology of the Islamic State was a mixture of Islamism and Ba'athism.

The Ba'ath Party is national socialism. It's modeled on the German National Socialist Workers' Party.

The Nazis.
Obama withdrew US troops from Iraq in 2011, and by 2012, the Islamic State was back in all the places where we'd driven them out.

The dynamic was exactly the same as 2003-2004. Shi'ite Iran controlled Iraq, so the Sunnis turned to terrorists to protect them.
The Syrian Civil War had started in 2011. The Islamic State sent fighters to engage Assad's Syrian Arab Army.

The Islamic State created the al-Nusra Front, which became al-Qaeda's franchise in Syria.
In 2013, Baghdadi declared the formation of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which he said included the al-Nusra Front.

However, both the al-Nusra Front and al-Qaeda rejected this proclamation.

By February of 2014, al-Qaeda had severed all ties with ISIL.
ISIL was rampaging through Iraq, and it began fighting the al-Nusra Front and other jihadists in Syria.

In June of 2014, the Iraqi armed forces collapsed. An entire division simply ran away, leaving all its heavy weapons for ISIL.
By the end of June of 2014, ISIL was the most heavily armed and wealthiest terrorist organization in human history.

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.
Obama called them the "junior varsity" because he didn't want to deal with them.

Also, the Obama administration adopted a self-serving policy of fighting only terrorists with "al-Qaeda" in the name of their group.
When Russia intervened in Syria in 2015, Putin tried to implement the Algerian Strategy:

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.
What's happening now in the Middle East is that the locals are doing the fighting, with support from the US.

Everything from 2003 to January 20, 2017, was a series of terrible decisions.

NOW, we have a president who listens to the locals.
What we saw recently with the "betrayal" of the Kurds was kabuki.

The Syrian Arabs and Kurds had painted themselves into corners. Trump got them out.

Assad is a figurehead now. He has no real power.
Under Assad, the Kurds were brutalized.

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.
Westerners can't intervene in the Middle East. We have too much historical baggage.

If we're ASKED TO HELP, we can.

But otherwise, we need to stay out of their affairs.
Baghdadi was tricked into entering Idlib.

And multiple operations were carried out last night. The videos prove it.

Trump isn't talking about them.
@realDonaldTrump is cleaning up the mess.

If you can't see that, there's no hope for you.

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