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Ever since ISIS began its bloody rampage across the Middle East, many of us have been suspicious of their origins. The West seemed perfectly willing to support the rebellion against Russian backed Assad, but as soon as those supposedly “moderate” rebels formed ISIS, they turned against them (according to the media at least). But according to a recently declassified document, the US government knew more than they were letting on (gasp) in regards to the formation of ISIS.

The seven page document, which was dated August 12th 2012, was attained by Judicial Watch through a federal lawsuit. It reveals that many of the rebel groups supported by the Defense Department, eventually rallied together to form ISIS. More importantly, the DoD seemed to have anticipated this result. They not only expected the rise of “an Islamic State through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria” but welcomed it, knowing it would undermine the Assad regime, as well as Iranian influence in the region. They also predicted that the conflict would eventually turn into a proxy war.

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Iraq is also mentioned as a crucial part of this future “Islamic state” so the DoD knew from the very beginning that supporting these groups would fracture the nation we spent so many years fighting for. And contrary to the media’s claims, it’s obvious that the government knew these rebels were not moderates.  The document proves once again that the United States is almost always purveyor of her own enemies.

Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.