U.S. Embassy Denies 'Any Role' in ISIL Creation

The U.S. embassy in Lebanon denied on Wednesday “claims” that Washington played a role in the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has so far seized several parts of Syria and Iraq.

“Any suggestion that the United States ever considered recognizing ISIL as anything other than a terrorist organization, or had any role in its creation, is false,” the embassy declared on its official account on the social media networking website Twitter.

“Allegations circulating in Lebanon to the contrary are a fabrication,” it stated.

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil asked earlier on Wednesday U.S. ambassador to Lebanon David Hale for explanation over what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has allegedly said about the United States' stance on ISIL.

Clinton has recently released an autobiography "Hard Choices" dealing with her years as the top U.S. diplomat.

And in recent days, media reports claimed that the former U.S. top diplomat “had admitted in her book that the United States created the Islamic States and planned on acknowledging its presence.”

But the rise of the Egyptian revolution against the Muslim Brotherhood halted Washington's plans, said these media reports.

However, Clinton's book does not include any reference suggesting that the United State acknowledges ISIL or has played a role in creating the extremist organization.


Source: Naharnet

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