Former American Intelligence Linguist Scott Rickard says the United States has a long-term plan to create a Kurdish state amid the fighting against the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq.
The US military’s plan will weaken the Iraqi forces and help buildup the Peshmerga Kurdish forces, and this is a “long-term plan to obviously create the Kurdish state around the Kurdish regional government,” Rickard told Press TV on Saturday.
“This Kurdish regional government has very close ties and has very strong relationship with, not only the American forces, but also the British and other allied NATO forces,” he said, adding that the ISIL group “is being used as a tool” to push the initiative.
Rickard also noted that ISIL could be “easily defeated. It hasn’t been attacked in a broad way.”
“I believe the reason the Americans are scaling back on the Iraqi forces is a strategic move in order to make sure that the Iraqi forces don’t become too large to be a dominant figure,” he said.
“This buildup of the forces is a huge business opportunity for an economy that is staling in the United States and this type of adversary and this type of ISIS and coalitions are profitable to the military industrial complex,” the analyst explained.
The US began airstrikes on ISIL targets in Iraq in mid-August.
Several Western nations, including Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Britain, France and Australia have joined the US military campaign in Iraq.