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Bush Shoe-Tosser Tells Sputnik US Dropping Guns, Supplies for Daesh

© AFP 2021 / HO / ALBARAKA NEWSDaesh (ISIL) militants waving the trademark Jihadits flag as vehicles drive on a newly cut road through the Syrian-Iraqi border between the Iraqi Nineveh province and the Syrian town of Al-Hasakah
Daesh (ISIL) militants waving the trademark Jihadits flag as vehicles drive on a newly cut road through the Syrian-Iraqi border between the Iraqi Nineveh province and the Syrian town of Al-Hasakah - Sputnik International
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The United States has repeatedly lent indirect support to Daesh in Iraq, according to Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who was jailed for throwing his shoes at then-US President George Bush in 2008.

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In an interview with Sputnik's Arabic edition, Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who was jailed for hurling his shoes at then-US President George Bush during a Baghdad press conference in 2008, pointed the finger at the United States for indirectly supporting Daesh terrorists in Iraq.

He touched upon the issue in the context of what he described as America's attempts to provoke the Sunni-Shiite religious schism across the Arab world.

© Sputnik / "سبوتنيك" عربيMuntazer al-Zaidi
Muntazer al-Zaidi  - Sputnik International
Muntazer al-Zaidi

"This is a game the US is well aware of. In Iraq, for example, we find that Washington always indirectly supports Daesh, which claims that it is fighting the Shiite regime. Also, the US backs some terrorist groups in Syria," al-Zaidi said.

He referred to information which he said he got from Iraqi military leaders engaged in liberating some areas in Iraq from Daesh terrorists. According to this information, they'd found medical and food aid as well as weapons that US Airborne troops had parachuted into the desert.

"Daesh terrorist allegedly accepted this assistance from parachutes that could only be used by the US military. The US dropped these parachutes to help Daesh resist the Iraqi army, which is fighting against terrorism," he pointed out.

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During a news conference in Baghdad on December 14, 2008, al-Zaidi reportedly shouted "This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog", before throwing his shoes at then-US President George W. Bush.

Al-Zaidi was injured as he was taken into custody, with some sources saying that he was tortured during his initial detention. There were calls across the Middle East to place his shoes in an Iraqi museum, but the shoes were later destroyed by US security forces. Al-Zaidi's boot-hurling attack subsequently inspired many similar incidents of political protest around the globe.

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