US Drones Strike ISIS Targets BBC Reports; Pentagon Denies

Tyler Durden's picture

Moments ago, in what would be a clear escalation in the Iraq war, and confirmation that the US has finally gone "kinetic" as it warned on several occasions in the past it would, Iraq state-sponsored Iraqiya TV reported that US drones had struck ISIS targets near the Iraq-Syria border attack without giving details or saying how it obtained the information.

BBC Arabic has more:

U.S. planes bombed targets in the drone region based on the Iraqi-Syrian border, according to sources close to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.


U.S. President Barack Obama announced last week that Washington will be "specific strikes" of the armed militants, who control some Iraqi cities, if "this is required


On the other hand, there were conflicting reports from Iraq on the end of the battle for control of a major oil refinery in Baiji, Iraq, amid reports unconfirmed reports that Sunni insurgents have controlled it in the end.


An official in northern Iraq told the BBC that 160 soldiers defending the Baiji refinery and agreed to lay down their arms and leave their positions after mediation by tribal leaders in the region.


But an officer in the Iraqi army, located inside the refinery opposed these reports and said that the militants did not dominate, but the towers near the fence.


The Iraqi military spokesman has said - earlier - that the rebels were forced to leave the place. The refinery has been under siege ten days, with rebels repel attack more than once.


He says BBC correspondent in northern Iraq, said the control of the Baiji refinery is necessary that the rebels wanted to maintain control of the areas where they entered, and provide energy for the connector.

From the Pentagon's Press Secretary John Kirby:


Clearly these are not the drones you are looking for...

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NoDebt's picture

Oh, now I get it.  This is how we finally get that war in Syria off the ground we've wanted so bad.  Start in Iraq, work west.

Hippocratic Oaf's picture

O: "I said no boots on the ground. I said nothing about drones in the sky. Let me be clear......."

Newsboy's picture

Oh they hit SOMETHING on the Syrian border; maybe not ISIS...

lordylord's picture

Maybe the Brits confused it with the US drone that Iran captured and then reverse engineered?  This is good theater!

Slave's picture

Arm both sides. Stimulus.

Keynesianism 101.

insanelysane's picture

What's it going to take to get you into a new drone today?  Did I mention we have low, low financing for recent graduates of jihadist school?  If you finance an even dozen drones, we'll throw in a free beach towel for you and five friends.

Save_America1st's picture

The Farce is strong with these assholes

SmackDaddy's picture

The most disturbing part of the article for me was the fact that our leaders are twittering (whatever the fuck that is).  War is just entertainment for these fucking sociopaths.

Mark Urbo's picture

They took out a camel...

HardAssets's picture

They want to give them some practice shooting down air borne targets with all the shoulder launched air-to-air missiles U.S. sources provided them.


y3maxx's picture

...Obama denys any responsibility..."I'm not in charge, You see I'm just the President".

BlindMonkey's picture

Yes he did talk about air strikes actually. Kerry said today that US air strikes would be irresponsible. This is what happens when you vote the 3 stooges into office. Moe talks peace while Curly is stuffing somebody's foot with fireworks.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



"Find us some Ann Frank sirens."

IridiumRebel's picture

That cat is fucked. "I'll drone you my pretty....and your little cat too."

Sorry_about_Dresden's picture

Leave the cat out of it! They built the sphix I'm the image of a cat for a reason.


Cats don't care for Al-CIAda anyhow.

Cats will piss in your shoes if you fuck w/ them.

Anasteus's picture

I don't understand why the rest of the world can't develop and use an effective detection and missile system to shoot down drones on regular basis. After all, this cannot be so difficult, they move relatively slowly.

Such a device should be a basic and standard equipment in the military munition of other armies.

JRobby's picture

Low flying, radar evasion

Anasteus's picture

Hmm... perhaps the hight time to develop an alternative ground or satellite detection system for low flying objects.

Hope Volodya is already working hard on it.

Overfed's picture

You'll notice that drones aren't flown over countries with real air defenses.

AlaricBalth's picture

Winifred Ames: Why Syria?

Conrad 'Connie' Brean: Why not?

Winifred Ames: What have they done to us?

Conrad 'Connie' Brean: What have they done FOR us? What do you know about them?

Winifred Ames: Nothing.

Conrad 'Connie' Brean: See? They keep to themselves. Shifty. Untrustable.


Wag the Dog

Sorry_about_Dresden's picture

Save the cat! Cat killers burn in Hell!

risk.averse's picture

hang on that "pussy" is a dog in disguise and its tail is about to wag!

rwe2late's picture

 Israel has already started the aerial attacks in Syria.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

No debt, it would seem so, at least that would be the effory. They better act fast because the rebels are in disarray in Syria. On the weekend they had a couple of thousand savages storm in from the Golan and they got their asses kicked and retreatedunder israeli air cover. Figure that one out.

nidaar's picture

Uhm.. This can suddenly go say too west!

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Some tribal leaders say it was the SAF. I would go with that, given Syria has done more to fight the war on terror than any country in the world.

rwe2late's picture

Never. Actually. Left

(the super-sized fortress US "embassy" in Baghdad is the de facto Iraq government)

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Maybe we can sell the embassy to Iran for gold.  If we hurry...

omniversling's picture

PPP ('public private partnership) mercs take over 'regular' army role in 'Embassy defence' post-Surge, pre-departure (one of Obama's key re-election platforms). How is this different to the other 'warlords'/factions/fictions (current and historical) imposing their will/snatching the resources they want, irrespective of the murder, mayhem, destruction and human 'collateral damage'? NeoCon=neoprefeudalwarlordism. Goodbye enlightenment, thanks for trying...

Shaten's picture

both could be telling the truth, could be the CIA drones killing people.

McMolotov's picture

"These aren't the drones you're looking for." [/CIA mind trick]

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

This is a friendly fire incident and they are embarrassed ergo the denial. L O L

kchrisc's picture

CIA-Obama is not bombing the CIA's ISIS buds in Iraq, Syria, etc.

thamnosma's picture

Believe me, they are expendable when their use is over.

kchrisc's picture

I agree with you, however, they did not setup the money and equipment in northern Iraq for these guys to take to then just go and bomb them.

This was a disguised funding run by the CIA--They did learn something from Iran-Contra after all.

esum's picture

IRAN drones...... you know the one we flew to them so they could reverse engineer and make clones... according to shit for brains bendover barry we have mutual interests now... wonder how the house of saud feels bout that.... ah couple of barry bows and all is forgiven

muslim on muslim ...... lots of blood and gore soaked into the sand ..... keep it up and lets send bigger weapons to both sides and pcp and crack too. the "brave jihadis" were as high as a kite on that shit in iraq.... a little chemical courage ... now go blow your islamic ass up... 

XitSam's picture

Oh, you meant drone as a verb

thamnosma's picture

Nope, drone the (fill in the government agency)....

border dog's picture

Does the truth really matter anymore....

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

The truth, yes... the details of their lies... no.