The United States has deliberately created the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group to establish American military foothold in Syria, according to a former US Senate candidate.
Mark Dankof, who is also a broadcaster and pastor in San Antonio, Texas, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday while commenting on a report which says senior US military officers have provided Washington with manipulated reports on the war against ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
"This has been an ongoing problem with American intelligence for many, many years. You can go all the way back, of course, to the classic example of the Vietnam War,” Dankof said.
“You were seeing a situation where the US military was providing intelligence estimates of what was going on, on the ground in South Vietnam, what was going on with the airstrikes over North Vietnam, both of which proved to be absolutely false in terms of giving the president of the United States, first Lyndon Johnson, and later Richard Nixon, what they wanted to hear in regard to the conduct of the war rather than what was actually happening there," he added.
"In the case of what is now going on in Syria, it is apparent that the American policy in Syria is coming apart like a cheap suit. On the one hand, you have the situation with the Russians, who are clearly beginning to do some things to bolster President Assad’s [government],” the analyst noted.
According to a report published by the New York Times on Monday, Russia is using the airspace over Iran and Iraq to fly military equipment and personnel to a new air field in Syria.
On Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry called Lavrov and warned that Washington is deeply concerned of reports of "an imminent enhanced Russian military buildup."
“The second thing that comes up here is that more and more Americans through alternative media are becoming aware of the fact that the United States and Israel and Saudi Arabia have virtually created this ISIS organization, have funded it, and have introduced it into Syria through both Jordan and Turkey," Dankof said, referring to another acronym for the terrorist group.
"This begs the question of whether or not the United States has been involved in a deliberate attempt to create this ISIS organization to introduce into it into Syria as a means of fomenting unrest that would then justify escalating the American military presence in that country, first from the air,” he stated.
“Later, ominously enough, we have people like [Republican Senator] Lindsey Graham talking insanely about putting thousands of American ground troops into that country," he noted.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. More than 230,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence mainly fueled by the foreign-sponsored militants.
The United States and its regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- have been supporting the militants operating inside Syria since the beginning of the crisis.
The ISIL terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.
They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.