Al Baghdadi: The US Couldn’t Wish for a Greater Ally
By 2013 the US-led proxy war on Syria had stalled. A staged chemical attack and threats of direct US military intervention were thwarted by Russian efforts to diplomatically resolve the impasse through the declaration and disposal of Syria’s entire chemical weapons arsenal.
With US-backed militants having already reached the full extent of their gains on the battlefield and now facing incremental but inevitable defeat — the US appeared to be out of time and out of options.
Then suddenly — as if on cue — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – alleged leader of the so-called “Islamic State in