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US Policies Helped Create Daesh: Ex-US Official

The US government’s interventionist policies toward the Middle East helped the rise and expansion of the Daesh (also known as ISIL and ISIS) terrorist group in the region, a former US Department of State’s official said.

“I don’t think America or any other country “created ISIS” but I do think, in Iraq, America created the conditions that birthed ISIS. I do not think it was purposeful or policy, just another unintended consequence of that terrible, wasteful and unnecessary war. But once that was done, I think America took advantage of the formation of ISIS as an excuse to return to Iraq, and invade Syria, militarily,” Peter Van Buren told Habilian news website recently.

Peter Van Buren, a former United States Foreign Service employee, blew the whistle on State Department waste and mismanagement during the Iraqi reconstruction in a book titled “We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People”.