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‘I Helped Create ISIS’: Iraq Vet Explains How the US ‘Killing Innocent People’ Made More Terrorists

(RT) — Saying he had “helped create ISIS,” an Iraq War veteran and US Marine is speaking out about the atrocities and criminal activities he and his fellow soldiers engaged in during the Iraq War, claiming he knew it would lead to “blowback” in the Middle East.

Former Marine Vincent Emanuele’s acknowledgement of responsibility comes in an article that was posted on TeleSUR’s English website, in which he hoped to answer the often raised question of “Where did ISIS come from?”

“When I was stationed in Iraq with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 2003-2005, I didn’t know what the repercussions of the war would be, but I knew there would be a reckoning,” he wrote at TeleSUR. “That retribution, otherwise known as blowback, is currently being experienced around the world (Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, France, Tunisia, California, and so on), with no end in sight.”

Speaking with RT, Emanuele said his enlightenment came on his second tour to Iraq and was the result of a simple question.

“I saw my fellow Marines kill innocent people, torture innocent civilians, destroying property, mutilating dead bodies, running over dead corpses, laughing and photographing people while doing so,” he said. “For me it was very simple. I sat there in Iraq and I asked myself ‘How would I behave?’ ‘What would I think if I was in the shoes of the Iraqi people?’”

In his article, Emanuele described how he and his platoon literally trashed Mesopotamia by throwing garbage out of their Humvee, and pelting children with Skittles, water bottles full of urine, rocks, and debris. He remembers stories told by soldiers of torture carried out on detainees in makeshift detention facilities.

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“I vividly remember the marines telling me about punching, slapping, kicking, elbowing, kneeing and head-butting Iraqis. I remember the tales of sexual torture; forcing Iraqi men to perform sexual acts on each other while marines held knives against their testicles, sometimes sodomizing them with batons,” wrote Emanuele.

This would have been at the height of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in 2003, which came to public attention when Amnesty International published reports of human rights abuses by the US military and its coalition partners at detention centers and prisons in Iraq. One former prisoner of the US who survived was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is now the leader of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Emanuele said he began educating himself during his second tour by talking to family and friends and engaging in the work of anti-war activists and intellectuals like Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and Amy Goodman, as well as learning about the activities of groups such as Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Vietnam Veterans against the War. This helped him contextualize his anecdotal experience.

“I knew what I was seeing was wrong, I knew it was immoral, I knew it was unjust, I knew it was illegal,” said Emanuele to RT,“and I knew that we would pay severe consequences in the form of the blowback as we are seeing with groups like ISIS. I knew those things were going to happen back then just from being a self-conscious person.”

He said he had to come to terms with what he had participated in, and that he viewed the war as part of a long history of US aggression that wasn’t just about Iraq and Afghanistan, or the wars in Vietnam or Korea. It goes back to the genocidal practices employed against Native Americans, African-American slaves, and people in South and Latin America.

Emanuele told RT he hoped his article would better inform people – especially in the US – about what the US was doing and is doing around the world. He also said the article had a cathartic purpose.

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“A lot of what I write, a lot of what I think about, is done not only for political reasons, not only to hopefully educate and better inform people, but also to help myself. In a very selfish way to keep myself alive and motivated and interested,” said Emanuele.

“All too many victims of war and veterans, particularly these wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the broader Middle East, in North Africa and the drone strikes – they are destroying people’s lives. I think the more veterans can come out, particularly veterans in the US and also veterans across the broader West, if they can come out and speak openly and honestly about their experiences overseas, I think the less likely we will be to engage in these wars of aggression.”

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  • Stop justifying terrorism. The murderous pedophile prophet Mohammed created Islamic terrorism

    • And the murderous prophet Moses created Judaism. Your point?

    • god has killed millions of people,created Lucifer, and is the center of most religions including the islamic religion. Your point?

  • No more military adventures for the industrial complex to keep a job and get paid

  • Just get out of the Middle East, America. Spend your military budget on the massive problems in your own country.

    • The only problem with that…is OIL.

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    • Don’t tell us what to do! We go wherever we want and we start shlt with anyone who gets in our way! Don’t fvck with the USA bitch!

    • STFU, war is fun.

    • Either you’ve never been in one or you’re psycho

    • I’m glad not all of us are as ignorant and primitive as Mike. People like this are so dense and are the problem with society.

  • Our division is the aim ..They know this well…well, ok, maybe George doesn’t.lol.

  • The hardest thing about it is that creating more terrorists was the plan al along, It is by design.

  • I suggest watching this after reading the article. The US presence in the middle east has nothing to do with fighting terrorism, but everything to do with creating it while usurping resources.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgig1QVU2lY&index=28&list=WL

  • Bush always has that same stupid look on his face. He’s not acting stupid he really is stupid.


  • He’s not the first and he won’t be the last. The problem is that most people don’t listen.

    • People listen, want they dont do is think about what they hear

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  • Mike Speake wins dipshit of the year on this thread!!

    • Thats a pretty good award seeing that 2016 just begun

  • The people that want and need these wars don’t care . It’s about a growth chart . Has nothing to do with real people ours or theirs ….

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  • I don’t make that face anymore. as it doesn’t surprise me how corrupt the US goverment is….!

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  • Errrrrrghhhh ?
    America is world terrorist No1 !
    They do not fight terrorism.
    They are terrorists.
    Biggest problem in the world America.
    Founded in mass genocide , Slavery and war.
    America has been at war on some front for over 70 years continuously !

  • How did Bush ever get elected, was he really the best choice….? God help us, fraudulent Hillary is being backed by the Industrial Military complex to be next.

  • And just how does this change anything? free thought is nice but action is better.

  • We learn nothing from history. In WW2 we had so many instances of the German people (who were all deemed evil at the time) saving lives from the hands of the Nazis and SS. There will be people over in ISIS occupied countries who are against everything the terrorists stand for. Yet we are carpet bombing these areas, killing people who are against the very enemies we seek to destroy. Our military are amazing and we must remember that they are not at fault in these dark times. We need to find other routes to destroy our enemies.

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  • No surprise here. This world needs to change the human species.

  • Truth and justice unites the people, while falsehood divides them. -Omar Ibn Al-Khattab

  • I did four deployments as an infantry Marine and I never saw innocent civilians killed like that. If he did that than he should be jailed! Don’t condemn us that were not cowards killing the innocent !

  • Yes … Nicaraguans still hate gringos because of the dirty war USA conducted there ….. As does most of South America

  • The people fighting the terrorist
    Are the terrorist

  • If we would stop worrying about everyone else’s country and worry about our own this could be one hell of a place. Sadly, we are headed for a major disaster of our own making.

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  • Randy Zwart, our soldiers are awake…

  • Dont blame the presidents the people are the ones that voted for him and alowed him to stay

  • ”Worldwide Terrorism” has very clearly, been engineered by Western Governments, in order to Perpetuate a Permanent State of War for Profit, at the Expense of Countless Millions of Innocent Lives.

  • G dub was smooth

  • Your post is total wrong. Why you always assume those people to be terrorists which the US army fights them? were Iraqi people terrorists when America occupied it in 2003? Why don’t you think otherwise?!

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    Ben really said that Obama care aka free health insurance is worse than SLAVERY and Trump wants to build war and uses ISRAHELL as a fucking reference

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    At least they are providing Russell funny material

  • I grow more hateful by the day. I would love for this course to reverse. In order for it to do so many many many things surrounding me in my environment need to change.
    Of all the things; I am ONLY in control of me, of which is a small small part.
    I control me to prevent the extremes in my reaction.
    The things that get me there are OUT OF MY CONTROL.
    They keep trying to get me there over and over and over.
    They seemingly want to create terrorist.
    Do they make a Terrorist? I say Yes or at least they try and try again.
    For days, weeks, months, years and decades.
    They try and try and try again until they achieve the desired result.
    Some days I seriously want to see them hang in front of their children.
    Let me guess I’m the bad guy for it?

  • Don’t worry in 15 years they will make a movie about it and will be based how bad the soldiers felt about the people they killed and maimed. Hundreds of thousands of people but at the end of the movie we will walk out feeling bad for the murderer and not the murdered.

  • One Marine out of thousands that did things like this, why don’t they all have a conscious and speak out band together to stop the insanity. When a country main income is war it will never end.

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