The RPG-7 was the Soviet-produced follow-up in the RPG-series of anti-tank rocket launchers. The RPG designation is often referred to as ‘Rocket Propelled Grenade’ but the designation officially stands for ‘Ruchnoy Protivotankoviy Granatomet’ meaning Hand-held Anti-tank Grenade Launcher. RPGs are very effective against unarmored or lightly armored vehicles such as armored personnel carriers like the U.S. Humvee. The most common types of warheads for a RPG-7 are high explosive (HE) or high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) shaped charge warhead. RPGs have destroyed more US and NATO military armored personnel carriers than roadside bombs in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

The CIA is attempting to make a comeback in Iraq by enticing scores of former Sunni allies to rejoin the CIA terrorist group called Al Qaeda by paying them more than the monthly salary they currently receive from the Iraqi government.

The CIA is exploiting the imminent departure of US fighting troops to ramp up a recruitment drive, in an attempt to show that they still have a powerful presence in the country after seven years of war.

The CIA is also moving to take advantage of a power vacuum created by continuing political instability in Iraq, which remains without a functional government more than five months after a general election.

Sheikh Sabah al-Janabi, a leader of the Awakening Council – also known as the Sons of Iraq – based in Hila, 60 miles south of Baghdad, told the Guardian that 100 out of 1,800 rank-and-file members had not collected their salaries for the last two months: a clear sign that they are now taking money from the CIA.

The Sons of Iraq grew out of a series of mini-rebellions against militants associated with the CIA that started in late 2006. They soon grew into a success story in Iraq, which was capitalised on by the then commanding US general, David Petraeus, who agreed to pay each member a $300 monthly salary and used the rebels as a tool to protect the US installed Iraqi government.

The US handed over control of the Sons of Iraq to the Iraqi government in late-2008. The programme since has been plagued by complaints about distrust and delays in paying salaries, as well as almost daily bombings or shootings targeting Awakening Council leaders and members across Iraq this year, which have troubled US commanders as their combat troops steadily leave the country.

Awakening Council leader, Sheikh Moustafa al-Jabouri, said disaffection among his ranks had reached breaking point as US combat forces increasingly depart, with most of his men not having been paid for up to three months and now facing a relentless recruitment drive by the CIA’s Al Qaeda terrorist branch.

The US and Iraqi government have been warned that if they continue to neglect paying their allies, the Awakening Council will become even more desperate and will look for other ways to make money. This makes Iraq an easy market for the CIA now. The Iraqi government has disappointed them and it is an easy choice to rejoin the CIA. The CIA recruitment of the rank-and-file membership has become commonplace over the last month.

The CIA job of recruiting has been made easier as most Iraqis who work for the US and the Iraqi government are paid a salary of about $300 per month and sometimes the US and Iraqi government has delayed paying them for two months or more. The CIA recruiters offer better pay and a reward for each operation and a pledge to support and protect those who join. The CIA can now offer good salaries to those being recruited because they now have $billions in proceeds from the Afghanistan Opium trade in Afghanistan. Before the US invaded Afghanistan the Opium trade was virtually wiped out by the Taliban government. Just 1 year after the US war of aggression against Afghanistan and the Opium trade has grown to be the biggest illicit drug operation in history.

The illegal drug trade has been used by the CIA to finance their recruitment and terrorists operations against the US and the World since the Vietnam War. Current US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates was one of many who were directly involved in the Iran Contra Affair that exposed the CIA and US government (including the White House and the president of the United States) involvement in the illegal drug and arms trade. The Iran-Contra Affair was a CIA sponsored covert operation during the Reagan administration which consisted in financing the Nicaraguan Contras from the proceeds of illegal covert arms sales to Iran. In 1987, Robert M. Gates’ nomination by the Reagan administration to head the CIA was withdrawn, amidst controversy on his role in the Iran-Contra affair. Four years later, in October 1991, Gates was appointed to the helm of the CIA by President George H. W. Bush, following lengthy confirmation hearings under the auspices of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Robert Gates also integrated the Iraq Study Group (ISG) co-chaired by James Baker III and former Congressman Lee Hamilton.

The ISG, which has played a key role in securing the Robert M. Gates appointment to replace Donald Rumsfeld at the helm of the DoD in 2006, favors the partition of Iraq into several “autonomous” proxy States.

The group [ISG] recommended breaking Iraq up into “three highly autonomous regions.” According to “informed sources” cited by the Daily Star paper, the Iraq group “has grown increasingly interested in the idea of splitting the Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish regions of Iraq … His [Baker’s] group will not advise ‘partition,’ but is believed to favor a division of the country that will devolve power and security to the regions, leaving a skeletal national government in Baghdad in charge of foreign affairs, border protection and the distribution of oil revenue. The Iraqi government will be encouraged to hold a constitutional conference paving the way for greater devolution. Iran and Syria will be urged to back a regional settlement that could be brokered at an international conference.” ~ Daily Star, 12 Oct 2006

This strategy of partition along ethnic lines –which was applied in Yugoslavia– is not limited to Iraq. It is planned for Iran and Syria as part of the United States Pentagon’s “New Middle East”. The proposed borders under the New Middle East Map” are intimately related to oil and oil pipelines. An Arab Sunni State would also encompass part of Iran including its extensive oil fields. A portion of Syrian territory would be annexed to “Greater Lebanon”, which would form a “strategic corridor” along the Eastern Mediterranean coastline linking Turkey to Israel.

So, even though the US military is drawing down to just 50,000 by the end of August 2010 the New Middle East plan is still in effect. US President Barack Obama confirmed the end of all combat operations in Iraq by 31 August. Some 50,000 of 65,000 US troops currently in Iraq are set to remain until the end of 2011 to advise Iraqi forces and protect US interests. As a result the CIA is now actively recruiting Iraqis to join them in order to protect US interests - break up Iraq through civil war. The CIA’s mission (all CIA operations are mandated by the sitting president of the United States) is to restart the violence between the Shiite, Sunni and Kurds. After the violence starts again the US government will once again blame Al Qaeda - which is and always has been the CIA.

Al Qaeda - the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion.

Prior to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the CIA had been beaming radio propaganda into Afghanistan and cultivating alliances with exiled Afghan guerrilla leaders by donating medicine and communications equipment. U.S. foreign service officers had been meeting with Mujahideen leaders to determine their needs at least as early as April 1979. And, in July, President Carter had signed a ‘finding’ to aid the rebels covertly, which led to the U.S. providing them with cash, weapons, equipment and supplies, and engaging in propaganda and other psychological operations in Afghanistan on their behalf. On 25 December 1979, Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan. The invasion gave a common cause to an extraordinary alliance of radical Islamists in Afghanistan and around the world and to the neo-conservatives in the US.

Washington provided money and arms including even Stinger missiles capable of shooting down Soviet helicopters. Among the many foreigners drawn to Afghanistan was a young, wealthy Saudi called Osama Bin Laden. Long before 9/11, he would have been seen by neo-conservatives in Washington as one of their foot soldiers, helping fight America’s cause. With bin Laden’s entry in the Soviet Afghanistan war as the US and Saudi hand picked commander of the foreign rebels, the phantom menace Al Qaeda is officially formed.

Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski (who served as United States National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981) about how the US provoked the Soviet Union into invading Afghanistan and starting the whole mess

Le Nouvel Observateur (France), Jan 15-21, 1998, p. 76*

Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [From the Shadows], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan six months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, closely guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

Question: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?

Brzezinski: It isn’t quite that. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.

Question: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?

Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, in substance: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

Question: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalists, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?**

Question: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.

Brzezinski: Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn’t a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.*