(CNN) – Did the U.S. play an accidental role in the formation of the terror group ISIS? That’s the conclusion of a new report from the British newspaper, the Guardian. It claims that U.S. run prisons in Iraq were an incubator for ISIS. He may be the most vicious terrorist leader in recent years possibly more brutal than bin laden.
A former inmate at a U.S. run prison camp in Iraq says ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the man behind scores of ISIS beheadings was once a trusted inmate by his American captors allowed to roam freely around the camp:
Martin Chulov, correspondent, the Guardian said, “The Americans seemed to see Abu Bakr as somebody who could keep the prison quiet. There were 24 camps within the Sunni side of camp Bucca. He was allowed open access to all of them.”
Guardian reporter Martin Chulov interviewed a senior ISIS commander he calls ‘Abu Ahmed’ not his real name.
Abu Ahmed says he spent time at camp Bucca with Baghdadi- starting in 2004. He told Chulov, Baghdadi was a “fixer” at the camp who could settle disputes between competing factions. Quote: “He was respected very much by the U.S. Army”.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, he said, was seen by other detainees as clever, scheming, “..using a policy of conquer and divide to get what he wanted.”
A U.S. intelligence official tells CNN, Baghdadi built “street cred” inside Bucca. Abu Ahmed said Baghdadi and other jihadists at this American prison were not always segregated essentially allowed to meet freely, to plot and they had an ingenious way of communicating.
“Him and others were able to write their contact details on the white elastic of their boxer shorts, their prison-issued boxer shorts. And that was a way that they networked. When they got out of prison, they had phone numbers, they had details of fathers, villages uncles whatever,” Chuvlov said.
Abu Ahmed depicted camp Bucca as the incubator of ISIS saying “it was a management school” for ISIS leaders.
Quote: “If there was no American prison in Iraq, there would be no Islamic state now.”
All of these ISIS leaders did time at camp Bucca, according to a report from the Soufan group.
Patrick Skinner of the Soufan group said, “Most of the senior leadership, and probably a good portion of the mid-level management and footsoldiers came from Bucca. Because tens of thousands of people were held in Bucca over the years. And so, just when they got out, they had little to do, and they had these established networks. And it’s clear that they had done their homework in the prison.”
As he left, according to the former camp commander, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had a chilling parting-shot.