If Wile E. Coyote were a terrorist, his name would be ISIS. At least that is what the mainstream media and Western governments intent on overthrowing the secular government of Bashar al-Assad would have you believe.
According to the mainstream press, despite being highly-trained supermen who are ten feet tall and invincible, ISIS continues to make every public relations step it takes in the wrong direction. The recent announcement that ISIS now possesses an air force is case in point.
It was reported on October 17, by FOX News that
“ISIS could be soon taking its terror fight to the sky, after a report that former Iraqi pilots are training Islamic militants to fly captured Syrian war planes.”According to the death squad friendly propaganda organization known as the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights, a number of former Iraqi air force pilots are now training ISIS fighters to fly three warplanes captured in Syria - MIG 21 and MIG 23 jets – in apparent preparation to launch air attacks in the Middle East region.
The rights group reported the planes flying over the Jarrah air base in the eastern countryside of the Syrian town of Aleppo this week.
Rami Abdurrahman, director of the Observatory, said the planes have been flying at a low altitude, apparently to avoid being detected by Syrian military radar in the area.
"People saw the flights, they went up many times from the airport and they are flying in the skies outside the airport and coming back," the BBC reported Abdurrahman said.Abdurrahman and his SOHR organization, it should be noted, have long supported the death squads fighting against the Syrian government; and the SOHR has repeatedly acted as a propaganda outfit for NATO in its attempt to frame Assad for war crimes or paint the death squads as freedom fighters whose victory is inevitable.
FOX goes on to report that
“ISIS is known to have seized fighter jets from at least one air base it captured from the Syrian army in the eastern Raqqa province earlier this year. Militant websites had posted pictures of fighters with the aircraft, but it was unclear if they were operational.”As of right now, the U.S. military’s official word on the reports is “no comment.” General Lloyd Austin, head of the U.S. Military Central Command stated
“We don't have any operational reporting of (ISIS) flying jets in support of ISIS activity on the ground and so I cannot confirm that. And to the degree that pilots may have defected and joined the ranks of ISIS, I don't have any information on that either.”The video, obtained by CNN , a thoroughly discredited “news” organization, particularly on the area of Syria , purports to show clear evidence that ISIS fighters do indeed have control and possession of Syrian fighter jets. That video, however, does not show those jets in the air, only a number of fighters with black al-Qaeda flags standing near them.
Still, the SOHR and its associates in the mainstream press are attempting to promote the idea that ISIS not only has possession of the planes, but that they have managed to fly them.
Abdurrahman stated that “They went up many times from the airport and they are flying in the skies outside the airport and coming back.” In addition, an entirely unconvincing video was presented as video footage of ISIS piloted airplanes landing and taking off in Syria.
Conveniently, the overdramatized reports of ISIS air force capabilities come as the United States, Turkey, and the rest of NATO consider the possibility of implementing a No-Fly Zone over Syria .
Interestingly enough, one of the main criticisms surrounding such a move by NATO (at least those circulating in the general discourse of the debate) was that a No-Fly Zone would be entirely ineffectual against ISIS because it would necessarily be focused on the Assad regime since ISIS does not have an air force to ground. In other words, a No-Fly Zone only harms Assad and the Syrian government.
Yet, while some members of Congress and political commentators tepidly put forth the idea that ISIS has no air force and thus the implementation of a No-Fly Zone against Assad only hinders the fight against the terrorist organization, ISIS conveniently develops an air force.
Remember, when the United States was “debating” the idea of becoming more directly involved in Syria and Iraq, particularly in the form of bombing civilian and government infrastructure and openly funding the death squads they claim to be fighting, a video allegedly showing the beheading of James Foley was released resulting in widespread anger and indignation amongst a general public who were temporarily yanked away from reality TV long enough to view it.
Likewise, when the British seemed hesitant to directly join the imperialist bombing coalition, a video was released allegedly showing the beheading of a British citizen, Alan Henning , also causing widespread indignation amongst the public and shoring up support for British military involvement in Iraq and Syria.
When the French seemed hesitant to join the bombing, ISIS releases a third video of an alleged beheading of a Frenchman , which provided justification for French involvement .
Such convenient timing was also present when NATO was considering “targeted airstrikes” in Syria but were concerned about Assad’s sophisticated air defense systems. Shortly thereafter, ISIS manages to capture Taqba air base in Raqqa, Syria, eliminating the air defense systems in the entirety of the eastern part of the country.
Either ISIS has the absolute dumbest public relations personnel in world history, or the actions of ISIS are directly controlled by NATO for propaganda, geopolitical, and military purposes. The timing of ISIS’ actions – always in line with the goals of the NATO faction of the world oligarchy – is clearly the result of the latter.
With this in mind, one should take any reports claiming to show that ISIS is flying fighter jets over Syria with a grain of salt and a healthy dose of skepticism, if not outright disdain. When the U.S., NATO, and the GCC are ready to stop ISIS, they will stop funding and directing them.