JERUSALEM – A Jordanian intelligence document shared with WND concludes the best chance for the U.S. to stabilize Iraq is by opening channels with officials from the outlawed Baath Party of Saddam Hussein, including one of America’s most-wanted strongmen.
The document accuses the Obama administration of not formulating any serious plan to quell the surge of the Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and beyond.
According to the document, Jordan fears further Islamic State advances, not only in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan but also in Lebanon, along the Iraq-Syria border, and eventually Jordan and Kuwait. Islamic State previously gained ground near the Syrian and Jordanian borders.
The Jordanian intelligence document includes a plan that Jordanian officials are set to present to the U.S. recommending not only expanded U.S. air strikes but also the opening of American channels with Baath officials.
The document singles out former Hussein deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, leader of the Baathist militant group Naqshbandi Army, as a potentially helpful force in fighting the Islamic State and in restoring some stability to Iraq. The recommendation comes despite the fact that al-Douri’s organization’s reportedly has been fighting alongside the Islamic State since at least last month.
Al-Douri has been on the run since 2003 despite a $10 million reward for his capture. He is often considered the most senior Baathist official to evade capture since the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
He was accused of helping to lead the insurgency against U.S. troops and of forging alliances with Islamic terror groups, including al-Qaida-linked organizations.
In June, his organization reportedly aided rebel groups in taking over northern Iraq, with Baathists even attempting to impose governance in the city of Mosul.
However, the Jordanian assessment claims al-Douri’s Islamic alliances are fleeting and are not ideologically based.
Indeed, out of concern for Islamic State atrocities, al-Douri’s group last week reportedly declared a war on Islamic State. The declaration follows al-Douri’s reported praise of Islamic State fighters as “heroes and knights” for helping to “liberate” Iraq in an unauthenticated audio recording last month.
The Jordanian intelligence document points out the Baath party is a secular, nationalist, pan-Arabist organization that ultimately rejects Islamic extremism.
The document goes on to accuse Saudi Arabia of financing Islamic Staate and, in so doing, of “sacrificing” the security of smaller Arab countries like Jordan and Kuwait.
WND first reported in June, when the Islamic State surge began, that Jordanian and Syrian regime sources were accusing Saudi Arabia of arming the jihadist group.
Sources from both regimes said the Saudis are the driving force in supporting Islamic State advances.
Syrian regime sources told WND the Saudis view the failure to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a three-year-long insurgency as a victory for Assad’s ally, Iran.
The sources said the Saudi kingdom is supporting the Iraqi jihadists, particularly Islamic State, in a bid to offset Iranian dominance in Iraq and the region and to gain a Sunni stronghold in the strategic area.
The Jordanian regime sources told WND they fear the sectarian violence will spill over into their own country as well as into Syria.
ISIS previously posted a video on YouTube threatening to move on Jordan and “slaughter” King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, whom they view as an enemy of Islam.