A non-secure email sent by Hillary Clinton to her campaign director John Podesta, more than a year after the former Secretary of State left government, indicates that she discussed her strategy regarding the pacification of Islamic State terrorism in Iraq and Syria. This email, released by the WikiLeaks
hacking organization, shows that it was originated by: email@example.com, which is an address attributed to Clinton herself. On August 17, 2014, she began by writing, “Note: Sources include Western intelligence, US intelligence and sources in the region.”
Clinton resigned from her position as Secretary of State on February 1, 2013. It is not clear from the email to which American and Western intelligence she was referring, or whether or not she was authorized to receive, transmit, or store such information.
The email lists nine points of consideration for the development of policy in the region directly affected by Muslim armies of ISIS. Entitled "Here's what I mentioned," It notes the concern on the part of the Sunni Muslim community of Iraq over the possible expansion of Kurdish Peshmerga forces from their area to control the oil-rich area around Kirkuk and the Mosel hydroelectric dam. Noting that there are “advisors” in the Kurdish command structure, she described a plan to coordinate with Free Syrian Army units to prevent inroads by Syrian dictator Bashr al-Assad. In addition, she wrote, “Finally, as it now appears the U.S. is considering a plan to offer contractors as advisors to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, we will be in a position to coordinate more effectively between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi Army.”
The fourth point raised in the email is a recommendation for close cooperation between Peshmerga forces and advisors supplied by the Central Intelligence Agency. “Armed with proper equipment, and working with U.S. advisors, the Peshmerga can attack the ISIL with a coordinated assault supported from the air. This effort will come as a surprise to the ISIL, whose leaders believe we will always stop with targeted bombing, and weaken them both in Iraq and inside of Syria.” It then goes on to call for providing equipment to Free Syrian Army forces to fight a “weakened ISIL.”
On the diplomatic front, it advocated using “our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region. This effort will be enhanced by the stepped up commitment in the KRG (ed. Note: Kurdish forces). The Qataris and Saudis will be put in a position of balancing policy between their ongoing competition to dominate the Sunni world and the consequences of serious U.S. pressure. By the same token, the threat of similar, realistic U.S. operations will serve to assist moderate forces in Libya, Lebanon, and even Jordan, where insurgents are increasingly fascinated by the ISIL success in Iraq.”
On August 19, 2014, Podesta wrote “I think we are headed down this path in Iraq, but the Syria elements are... “ In another email that followed soon after, Podesta wrote: “Hit send too soon. Meant to say Syria elements are vexing.” To this, Clinton answered, “Agree but there may be opportunities as the Iraqi piece improves. Also, any idea whose fighters attacked Islamist positions in Tripoli, Libya? Worth analyzing for future purposes.” Ending the thread, Podesta wrote finally, “Yes and interesting but not for this channel.”
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