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US plans to cripple ISIS financiers, stabilize Libya. Blowing it hot and cold, America?

Superpower US has come up with a damage-control tactic. Besides crippling the big trouble Islamist State, America also wants to stabilize Libya. Guilty much? We are not sure.

The US state treasury recently added some groups into their fat black book. America has enlisted organizations, big and small, from Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Libya that have been funding the ISIS. The move is aimed at disrupting the fundraising and support networks of Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS. Anything or anybody committing acts against US foreign policy, economy and its people automatically becomes a target of this agenda.

It’s a clear case of “us versus them”.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the International Syria Support Group on Syria in Vienna, Austria, on May 17, 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the International Syria Support Group on Syria in Vienna, Austria, on May 17, 2016

The blacklisting move can be seen as a direct resultant of the Vienna Meet that was held on Monday. Twenty nations had gathered to seek a concerted effort to help Libya stabilize and close the wedge in Syria. The US now thinks it would be wise to provide weapons and military support to Libya.

The US state treasury is aiming “financiers and facilitators responsible for moving money, weapons and people on behalf of these terrorist organizations.” It’s important to note that Daesh terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, control parts of the country and also overran neighboring Iraq in 2014.

Leading countries of the world have not been able to arrest the menace that the ISIS has been spreading. The US and the West are scared to single-handedly tackle the Islamist State because it draws its strength from so many financiers.

Militant Islamist groups such as the Nigerian Boko Haram and many more have been aiding the Islamist State, a reason why the group shows no trace of slowing down.

boko haram leader abubakar shekau
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

The sole reason why the ISIS became powerful was because the US was instrumental in leading to fall of governments in Syria, Iraq and Libya. Undermining Syrian President’s Bashar  al-Assad’s regime has also led to total chaos and the situation has gotten totally out of control now. It becomes necessary that the Middle East, and the north African countries that are reeling under the ISIS, have solid support from the US so that they can finish off the terror groups.

Since Iraq and Libya had been toppled with aid from the US and the UK, there has been no strong government. Egypt’s condition is no different, where the military has taken over the power. The US had refused to render any aid to Syrian and that’s the reason Al–Jabhat Al Nusra (Syrian al-Qaeda) militia gained so much prominence. As the civil war in the region brewed, ISIS gained its strength and has devastated Syria and its neighbours.

Libya anniversary: The situation is just terrible
Libya anniversary: The situation is just terrible

The US chose to remain ignorant about the threat till one day the ISIS monster grew so big that it could not be contained by a single leash. May be drying up funds is the only way left for the US in curbing the powers of ISIS.