An American Islamic scholar based in Chicago said in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel on Sept. 11, 2019, that the Islamic State (ISIS) is now fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan because “you will always find ISIS in places that are running a Zionist agenda [for] Greater Israel.”

Israel had created ISIS, said Sheikh Omar Baloch, to weaken Muslims by alienating them from ideas like an Islamic state, jihad and Muslim unity, without which he said Islam would not be the same. Showing pictures of ISIS fighters, Baloch said that the weaponry, uniforms and training that ISIS has are evidence that it is trained and armed by Israel, and predicted that Israel will use ISIS to destabilize Pakistan and Kashmir.

Israel is “working on Kashmir” by means of India’s actions in the region, he said, and intends to do to the Kashmiris what it did to the Palestinians.

According to the Facebook page of the Furqaan Institute of Quranic Education (FIQE), Sheikh Omar Baloch was born in Chicago and is the scholar in residence at the Al-Furqaan Foundation, of which FIQE is a division. The Facebook page also says that Baloch studied at Georgetown University, at Al-Azhar University in Egypt and at Jamia Thul Ahlul Hadith in Pakistan.

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