Following the posting of a video that purports to show American journalist James Foley getting beheaded by Islamist militants in Syria, there’s been a spate of conspiracy theories about ISIS, and Foley.
With any major news events, noted conspiracy blogs will publish theories about what they think are the reasons why. Some have described the video–posted Tuesday–as a “false flag.”
Some have said that the Foley video, showing his execution, is “a fake.” One person wrote: “It seemed weird that Foley wasn’t the least bit worried about the fact that he was going to be brutally murdered after his statement. The beheading portion is weird as well- fades out as soon as he starts sawing away then cuts to a photo of Foley already beheaded.”
One that’s still being spread via social media sites is that ISIS, known as the Islamic State, was engineered by Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady, and the CIA.
The US Embassy in Beirut posted a statement, refuting those claims.
“Any suggestion that the United States ever considered recognizing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as anything other than a terrorist organization, or had any role in its creation, is patently false. Allegations circulating in Lebanon to the contrary are a fabrication,” it said a few weeks ago. ISIL is another term used by officials to describe the Islamic State.
Social media users across the Middle East have used screenshot with “Password 360,” referring to Clinton’s alleged involvement in the creation of ISIS.
A few days ago, another site claimed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi–the purported head of ISIS–is actually a “Mossad agent named Elliott Shimon.” However, the website where it was posted didn’t offer any sources–mostly speculation.