Was ISIS Created By The CIA? Many Arabs Think So

Zachary Volkert

Conspiracies theories always seem outrageous at first view, but once in a while one comes along with a little bit of truth to it. Though there is scant evidence, one such theory currently popular in the Arab world is the idea that the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) was actually created by the American CIA with the purpose of re-opening Iraq to another U.S. invasion, reported The New York Times.

However outlandish the theory may sound, it is quite popular among the people of Iraq. Shiite Muslims have organized several demonstrations with the intent of preventing President Barack Obama's administration from re-entering the country with the pretense of protecting it from ISIS. Haidar al-Assadi, a 40-year-old participant of one such march, told NYT that he believed the United States would do anything in order to control Iraq without facing worldwide condemnation, even using the CIA to orchestrate ISIS' acts of terror.

"The Islamic State is a clear creation of the United States, and the United States is trying to intervene again using the excuse of the Islamic State... The main reason Obama is saying he will not invade again is because he knows the Islamic resistance [of the Shiite militias] and he does not want to lose a single soldier."
"We know about who made Daesh (shorthand for ISIS)."
"I don't know. I am one of the poor people. But we fear very much. Thank you!"

It is obvious to everyone that the Islamic State is a creation of the United States and Israel."

Such theories may be difficult to stomach, and they certainly aren't being taken lightly by the U.S. government. The theories are also popular in Lebanon, where ISIS has also begun to make advances. The U.S. embassy in Beirut has publicly denounced such rumors, reported BBC News.

"Any suggestion that the United States ever considered recognizing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as anything other than a terrorist organization, or had any role in its creation, is patently false. Allegations circulating in Lebanon to the contrary are a fabrication."