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Seiglivede rykter vil ha det til at Hillary Clinton spesielt og USA generelt står bak fenomenet ISIS. Når noe virker usannsynlig, er det lettest å skylde på USA. WashingtonPost.

The BBC’s Suzanne Kianpour reports that the idea appears to hold sway in Lebanon. According to Kianpour, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador David Hale to explain the rumor, and the U.S. Embassy in Beirut wrote on Facebook that any stories of American involvement in the creation of the Islamic State were «pure fabrication.»

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The rumors about the Islamic State and Clinton are a new variation on an old theme: that the United States supports the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East. That theory has unified supporters of Egypt’s post-coup government, Shiite Muslims suspicious of the reach of Sunni groups such as the Brotherhood, and even America’s right wing. Clinton has been singled out in these theories for some time. In 2012, for example, Rep. Michele Bachmann suggested that a close Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, had infiltrated the U.S. government for the Muslim Brotherhood. Bachmann’s comments led to a scathing editorial from The Post. When Clinton visited Cairo not long after, she was greeted by placards that said things such as «Clinton is the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood.»