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Mother of all battles

Print edition : July 25, 2014

ISIS fighters on the streets of Raqqa province in nothern Syria on June 30. Photo: REUTERS

U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower. U.S. diplomatic and intelligence services have promoted all sorts of Islamist groups, from the jehadi to the "moderate", for decades, often with money from the Gulf monarchies. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Jimmy Carter. Photo: Paul Abell/AP

Ronald Reagan. Photo: AP

George Bush Senior. Photo: REUTERS

George W. Bush. Photo: JASON REED/REUTERS

Barack Obama delivers a speech in the Grand Hall of Cairo University on June 4, 2009. Photo: GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

Iraqi families fleeing violence in the northern city of Tal Afar arrive at Aski Kalak in the autonomous Kurdistan region on July 1. Photo: SAFIN HAMED/AFP

Osama bin Laden. There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq before the U.S. invasion. Photo: AP

Gulbuddin Hekmetyar. Reagan elevated jehadi mercenaries like him to the status of a Washington or Jefferson. Photo: REUTERS

Mullah Omar, Taliban leader.

U.S. President Jimmy Carter with his Natonal Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. It was under Carter, aided by Brzezinski, that the CIA assembled a force of more than a hundred thousand jehadis to fight against the left-wing government in Afghanistan so as to entince the Soviet Union into intervening. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Saddam Hussein. When he predicted the U.S.' invasion of Iraq would turn into the "mother of all battles", he was prescient. Photo: Associated Press

Teheran, November 5, 1979: People out on the streets soon after Iranian students occupied the U.S. embassy. The Iranian Revolution, equally opposed to the U.S. and to the Soviet Union, the "two greats Satans", was ready to impose a clerical dictatorship and strict regimes of the Sharia. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the 131st meeting of the Council, in Riyadh on June 2. The meeting discussed the developments in Syria and the Riyadh agreement reached in April between the GCC member-states. Those whom the U.S. and the Gulf monarchies have funded, trained and weaponised for the Syrian crusade have now declared a caliphate on territories taken away from Syrian and Iraqi governments. Photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP

The American occupation was the death knell of the republican, modern, secular, nationalist Iraqi state, and a deliberate attempt to undermine all such solidarities by institutionalising perennial sectarian conflicts. Al Qaeda, and later the ISIS, filled the vacuum after U.S. occupiers summarily dismantled the whole of the Iraqi state.

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