With ISIS Controlling "More Than Half Of Syria", The US Prepares To Pounce

Tyler Durden's picture

Just hours after ISIS scored a significant victory in Iraq when it captured the town of Ramadi over the weekend, the first Iraqi town that had been actively defended by the US as opposed to just Iraqi troops, overnight ISIS also captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, which the mainstream media promptly concludes was proof that the Islamic State's momentum was growing.

Around a third of the 200,000 people living in Palmyra may have fled in the past few days during fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants, the U.N. human rights office said on Thursday.

That's not all: according to Reuters, "extending its reach in the region, fighters loyal to the Sunni Muslim group have also consolidated their grip on the Libyan city of Sirte, hometown of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.


"ISIL has reportedly been carrying out door-to-door searches in the city, looking for people affiliated with the government. At least 14 civilians are reported to have been executed by ISIL in Palmyra this week," Shamdasani said in emailed comments.

The capture of Palmyra according to the known UK propaganda outlet and distributor of fabricated "chemical attack" tapes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is really just one guy, Abdul Rahman of Coventry, means that ISIS "now controls more than half of Syrian territory."

Not really, no.

But the facts are irrelevant when one needs soundbites.

So what is really going on? Simple: all these latest developments and the unexpected and successful ISIS "offensive" is merely another attempt to justify a US land incursion into Iraq (and of course Syria), this time "appealing" to the populace not using fake chemical attack YouTube clips as "evidence", but with a noble crusade to save an ancient cultural artifact.

The U.N. cultural agency UNESCO describes the site as a historical crossroads between the Roman Empire, India, China and ancient Persia and a testament to the world's diverse heritage.


"We may have different beliefs... different views, but we have to protect such incredible vestiges of human history," UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova told Reuters Television.


The Observatory's founder Rami Abdulrahman said Islamic State fighters had entered the historical sites by early on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of destruction.


"This is the fall of a civilization," Syria's antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters. "Human, civilized society has lost the battle against barbarism."

Alas the battle is only just beginning because as Reuters also noted, "the twin successes pile pressure not just on Damascus and Baghdad, but also throw doubt on U.S. strategy to rely almost exclusively on air strikes to defeat Islamic State."

Bloomberg adds:

After weeks of fighting, Ramadi’s fall on Sunday delivered the jihadist group control over a strategic highway linking Iraq and Syria, and a haul of weapons abandoned by Iraqi forces. Three days later, the al-Qaeda breakaway group overran Syrian government troops to seize Palmyra, home to the ruins of a 2,000-year-old city that was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world.


With the first anniversary of the declaration of its caliphate a month away, the victories put the militants on the front foot at a time when their leaders are seeking to dispel any sense of weakness after recent defeats. In Syria, it now controls half of the country’s territory and most of its oil and gas fields, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based group that monitors the conflict.


“The fact Islamic State is still on the offensive is important, and the timing is important,” said Charlie Winter, a researcher at the counter-radicalization group Quilliam Foundation in London. Pushed into retreat, “it loses power and all the things that drive people to join it.”

Enter a casual strawman:

The group’s supporters are already touting its latest feats, Winter said, posing the question on social media: “Last year it was Mosul, this year it’s Ramadi, and where will it be next year?”

And like that the stage is again set for the following scenario: unwilling to lose any more territory, and face, the Nobel peace-prize winning US president will sit down with his security council in the next few days and decide that, as much as he hates to do it, he will dispatch [X],000 US troops to support the Iraq government in their losing fight with the resurgent ISIS. Troops which will promptly enter Syria and then make sure Assad is quietly eliminated.

Which brings us to a different point: see on the map above how ISIS in Syria is clustered by the border of NATO-member Turkey? There's a reason for that.

As Reuters also reports in an exclusive piece, Turkey's state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by Reuters.

As Reuters observes, the witness testimony contradicts Turkey's denials that it sent arms to Syrian rebels and, by extension, contributed to the rise of Islamic State, now a major concern for the NATO member.

In other words, a NATO member and a nation very close to the US, has been instrument in the rise of ISIS. Worse, unlike running speculation that ISIS was created by the CIA and funded by the Saudis, there is now documented evidence that ISIS is indeed a "western" creation.

More from Reuters:

Syria and some of Turkey's Western allies say Turkey, in its haste to see President Bashar al-Assad toppled, let fighters and arms over the border, some of whom went on to join the Islamic State militant group which has carved a self-declared caliphate out of parts of Syria and Iraq.


Ankara has denied arming Syria's rebels or assisting hardline Islamists. Diplomats and Turkish officials say it has in recent months imposed tighter controls on its borders.


Testimony from gendarmerie officers in court documents reviewed by Reuters allege that rocket parts, ammunition and semi-finished mortar shells were carried in trucks accompanied by state intelligence agency (MIT) officials more than a year ago to parts of Syria under Islamist control.

Which in turn explains the news from two weeks ago that "Turkey, Saudis Form Alliance To Topple Syria's Assad As US Starts Training Syrian Rebels."

And just to make sure Obama's upcoming offensive against Assad, pardon ISIS' al-Baghdadi is successful, Reuters finally reports that contrary to previous reports, not 1000, but 2000 anti-tank weapons are being sent to Iraq. Wait, ISIS has tanks? Well no, that would be Syria, but when fabricating a narrative suicide bombers are as durable as tanks. Also from Reuters:

The Pentagon said on Thursday the United States would deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to Iraq as early as next week, 1,000 more than announced on Wednesday, to help Baghdad combat suicide car bombings by Islamic State.


Spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said the delivery would help Iraq defend against approaching suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives, attacks used by Islamic State militants last weekend to help them seize Ramadi from Iraqi forces.


"This is a good counter to that (type of bombing)," Warren said. Warren said the anti-tank weapons would allow the Iraqi forces to destroy approaching suicide car bombers at a distance. Relying on small arms requires disabling the engine or killing the driver, which can be difficult, he said.

It's an even better counter when staging an offensive operation, aka an invasion, against the Syrian army and not just from one side but two sides: the east, via Iraq, and north, via Turkey, with the occasional bombing run by Saudi Arabia (with Jordan just waiting to enter from the South and "liberate" Damascus).

So gun to our head, this is what happens next: a couple of the good ole' "chemical attack" false flag YouTube clips once again emerge just around the time Obama announces it is time to send a tactical, contained group of troops in Syria to retake the "cultural heritage" that is Palmyra, at which point the war against ISIS morphs into what it has been from day one: the western attempt to crush and topple the Assad government, and to hand over control of Syria to Turkey and Iraq, just so the US, Saudi Arabia and Qatar can control what happens behind the scenes, by which we mean finally allow that long overdue Qatari gas pipeline to traverse the nation and sideline Russian gas deliveries to Europe.

(Why does already wealthy beyond compare Qatar need to kill thousands of innocent people just so it can sell its natgas to Europe? Just so its former Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani can buy many more $179 million Picasso paintings, and many more NYC and London apartments).

We expect this scenario to start unfolding within the month as the US economy desperately needs an official war to avoid sliding into a recession.

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knukles's picture

Jump you fuckers!
I mean seriously.... just leave them alone and they'll do a fine job sorting their own shit out.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

"the western attempt to crush and topple the Assad government, and to hand over control of Syria to Turkey and Iraq"

No mention of the Zionist Rothschild Israelis, or the crypto-Jew House of Saud?  Really?

Say What Again's picture

I still believe the best solution to this problem is to take all the hardened criminals in the jails at NYC, Chicago, LA, Waco and send them to Syria.

That would be interesting to watch.

knukles's picture

T'would be an interesting melee.  Plus, give all the dudes from the USA a couple dozen cases of whiskey take with 'em.
Boo  eh   urp   ooo  oyah!

Divine Wind's picture




I predict that Barry and the Libs will do nothing of significance.

1. Barry will soon be sent to grass. He will botch his legacy as an anti-war president.

2. Barry is a Muslim. It is highly unlikely he will put the full might of the U.S. military against the Islamic State.
    A token show of force perhaps, but not much more.

3. An election is approaching. Defeating ISIS eliminates a HUGE topic for bitching, screaming, whining and complaining when the Republicans or a 3rd party candidate takes office. Far better to leave the headache for the next President.  This will give Democraps something to lament about and with which to play GOTCHA.


AIIB's picture

That's practically the only reason why I post here anymore... 2 keep a running count in my head of:


- The Hasbaras

- The sychophants

- & the utter dipshits


[which are 3 classifications intrinsically separate, but occasionally co-mingle]


It's so fucking obvious it isn't funny... FFS ~ I could probably PARSE any ad hoc comment that I make & algo an 'ad hoc' guesstimate as to how many JUNKS the comment is gonna receive within the first 2 minutes of the post (whereby ~ the most VARIABLE coefficient in the also is the TIME OF DAY & number of readers logged in to ZH at the time)...


Which, means to UNDERLINE the COMEDY, because, GIVEN AMPLE TIME, the SAME CLOWNS will arrive at the EXACT prediction of JUNKS, over time (& which PROVES the HYPOTHESIS)...


You fucks are REALLY clowns... WELL PAID CLOWNS, but CLOWNS nonetheless

COSMOS's picture


Here is the Effendi buying up suddenlink cable.

Even the low lying media fruits are being scoope up by AIPAC supporters.

Know that before google and facebook came on the scene there were many other great search engines and sites such as Friendster for socializing with friends.

Its the hype that was created on Effendi controlled media outlets that made these companies big.  I am sure that they got some shares, you know the good ol rabbi network at work creating cliques to the detriment of Gentile companies etc.  Nothing new.  Been going on for a looooong time.  Cant blame Putin for trying to curb the influence of these tribal businesses in Russia.

TruxtonSpangler's picture

ISIS is CIA pretext for military intervention

Motasaurus's picture

I have said since day one that ISIS is a Hegelian Dialectic.

pods's picture

Abdul said it's on like Donkey Kong so we're good to go.

They outsourced Colin Powell's job, poor sap.  Betcha that old Abdul Rahman smells like ass too.


Paveway IV's picture

We may not have time for Syria - it may be on like Donkey Kong right here. Fars News reported:

Saudileaks: Yemeni Group Hacks Saudi Gov't, Releases Thousands of Top Secret Documents


"We have gained access to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) network and have full control over more than 3000 computers and servers, and thousands of users. We also have access to the emails, personal and secret information of hundreds of thousands of their staff and diplomats in different missions around the world," the Yemen Cyber Army said in a statement carried by several globally known hacking news websites.

There's got to be plenty of elderly statesmen in Washington filling their Depends about now. Wouldn't it just be a bitch if uncomfortable details about Saudi/Turkish/US/Israeli support of ISIS were discovered in those SaudiLeaks documents?

Who would have ever thought the Yemeni Cyber Army would save the world? Or maybe end it. That's what you get when you fuck with the Houthis!

I tried to warn everyone.

TheReplacement's picture

The likelihood of that being true is inversely correlated with how much they publicize their success. 

Paveway IV's picture

Maybe true, TR. But consider this: the Saudis use contract American firms for IT work, including security. Those firms in turn sub out to cheap-assed overseas shops. Regardless of the supposed Yemeni Cyber Army story, do you really figure Saudi government systems have any kind of impenetrable security that's a challange to some pissed-off 15-year-old Houthi kid with a knack for computers?

U.S. security is an order of magnitude better, but still sucks. It was only a matter of time for the Saudis. They're only good at paying for IT security, not actually getting any.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Do you really think Obama, or the rest of them for that matter, give two shits about some silly little religion. To those of us not blinded by faith in some form of magical sky fairy, it seems silly. Barry, and all the rest of them, especially these tin pot dictators in the Middle East care about power and money , and could give a shit about any religion.

Divine Wind's picture



Yes, actually, I do think Obama and the rest of them give two shits about religion.

Considering that more than 75% of the world's population believes in "some form of magical sky fairy" ;

Considering that only 18% of the population in the U.S. claims to not believe in any form of higher power or being;

It would seem that your arrogance in thinking you are wiser than all of these others may be blinding you to the facts.

While for most, an acknowledgement of "some form of magical sky fairy" is not a major game changer in the manner in which they conduct their lives, for many world leaders, it really is.


TheReplacement's picture


"Do what thou wilt" seems very popular these days.

Chief KnocAHoma's picture

We've got ISIS right where want them. Now if Valerie Jarrett would get BHOs balls out of her mouth she can order the Pentagon to go fight a real war against Global Warming. 

Did people really vote for this? Or am I really high from an acid flashback? Hope it is the second one and I'll wake to find Ron Paul in the White House.

Handful of Dust's picture

mmm ... Barry said only yesterday that "Global warming is a terrist threat to Merika."


I guess he's already forgotten about Eye-Sys.

IronForge's picture



Kind of like a Fusion of Penal Colony AUS and "Dune"(whom would be cast as the Worm Choking, Cluster-Fracking Fremin?) , with plenny of hand-me-down Ammo and Gear from the Long War.  Plus excess MREs and Water Buffaloes on Wheels to boot.

"Win it, cultivate it, build the Pipelines, and never set foot again in the USA; and we'll grant all of you Pardons..."

Bay of Pigs's picture

It's interseting how the CIA and Mossad can create new threats (ISIS) to invade more countries.

I think we know who's next in line. Iran.

kchrisc's picture

You are wise.

"This just in, an Iranian missile has just sank the USS ____ aircraft carrier in the ____ sea. The US is now at the highest alert level since 9/11. The TSA is activating Operation Viper, so be prepared to provide your "papers" while traveling on the roadways. For comment we go to Robbie Parker..."

Liberty is a demand. Tyranny is submission..

greenskeeper carl's picture

My only disagreement with your post is that I do not believe it will be an aircraft carrier. Something smaller , less valuable, but still several hundred people on board will be allowed to be lost, and that will be the kick off for their shiny new war (or just expanding and combining the several wars they already have going on...).

Not Too Important's picture

It's not like the 'other' side can't form their own terrorist groups, large or small.

Does anyone seriously think any kind of pipeline will be built over there? How hard would it be to blow pipelines up, oh, say, every 30 days?

The 'other' guys will make sure it all has to travel by ship, which will make it far too expensive to buy. Unless the 'other' guys turn off a country's tap, say, for non-payment of their bill. Pretty standard in business.

Many innocent people will die, for pipelines that stand no chance of surviving.

There is obviously a secondary profit motive, but I don't see it.

Urban Redneck's picture

Qatari finance of destabilization in Syria is to prevent a pipeline being built, so that gas will travel by ship (from Ras Laffan).

Right now Qatar is rolling in cash extracting gas from the worlds largest gas field, which is jointly shared with Iran, but which Iran cannot develop because of the lack of either pipelines or GTL facilities (US sanctions basically rule out the latter).

Qatar didn't massively ramp up its destabilization activities in Syria until Iran and Iraq signed an agreement to build this pipeline in 2013.


MFL8240's picture

Given the sucess of this administration, it would be advisable to hold off any "POUNCE" till we get rid of this man in the White House.

enforcer92677's picture



This administration will find a way to turn an easy win into a humiliating disaster.

ZH Snob's picture

but of course.  isn't that why they had ISIS go after the whole region?

Cynicles's picture

Would be nice if the US could be left alone to sort out their shit.

Granted, most people in the US are just fine living as mindless drones taking all the MSM feeds them as reality.

Headbanger's picture

Nuke em all!!


knukles's picture

One of my buds is a retired Navy Captain, and you should hear him!  Holy Be Jesus! 
Everybody keeps asking him "So how'd that shit work out last time around and why think it'll be any better this time."
He huffs and puffs, growls and starts on with the platitudes.
One of his beat was that if we don't stop ISIS, "They'll be running our healthcare system."  He was serious!
I told him that they already took that over with ObamaCare, next threat, please!

saints51's picture

A lot of us on ZH are in the wrong timeline. We are not a fit for this era. people who constantly want to make comments which involve destruction are a perfect fit. Now for our way of thinking...terrorists. Just like the retarded story about Bin Laden having conspiracy books. The whole point of that propaganda was to call the police if you see anyone who has a book against the system in their personal library.

Headbanger's picture


Send the Mongols over there too!


greenskeeper carl's picture

That's it. Bin laden is now a confined conspiracy theorist. Therefor, anyone who reads any of these books = terrorist.

And don't forget, citizens- if you see something, say something.

knukles's picture

Absolutely!  Didju see the books pictured (where I don't remember)?  911 "conspiracy" about Bush, et al., The Conspiracy Theory about the Federal Reserve being Bad Guys?  And a couple dozen more along the very same lines.  I saw those pics and Knew That Was Propaganda Incarnate!
And all on the heels, on every fucking media outlet, just AFTER Seymour Hirsch's piece on the fucking lies about the Bin Laden Raid.

Then to top it off, not but hours after the biker mess in Waco, a bunch of news outlets had articles about the bikers were "racist" "homophobic" "Tea Partiers", etc., etc., etc

Jesus H Fucking Christ.
Did somebody put acid in my water along with the fluoride?  It's like we're living in a bad trip with all the BS being slung.

saints51's picture

I didnt examine the pics close enough to see what books were in the background. It does not surprise me one bit it would have those types. I think the worse acid trip you can imagine is far more a reality than this world we live in. The populace need a wake up call and when it happens it will be the worse scenario that will happen in recorded human histroy. And it is all because people refused to see what was hidden in plain sight.

No.Fifth.Turning's picture

"Save the antiquities," shouted the MIC.  "Yes, for our childrens sake," he replied back.


The End 

saints51's picture

LOL!!!!! truthful,funny and sad all at the same time.

Handful of Dust's picture

You guys obviously forgot to read the second page of books in his library: "It Quakes a Village" ... "Who Moved My Turban"  ... "How to Flip Huts and Hovels without leaving your Cave" ... "Taliban are from Mars, Merikans are from Venus" and a whole cabinet of Tony Robbins motivational books and CDs.

Zapporius's picture

Yupp. Not even conspiracies. Maybe it's enough if you listened to Chomsky at some point in your life. That's a rather broad brush they are painting us with.

Payne's picture

See how many Marine NCOs care about the opinion of a Navy Captain RETIRED.  ZERO.  Since they are the ones asked to do the dirty work,  Navy Captains active or retired are just politicians in disguise.

Bay of Pigs's picture

The level of intelligence of average Americans is astonishingly bad. A bunch of delusional flag waving retards and whack jobs.

How can they understand events going on half way around the world when they have no fucking idea what's going on in their own country?

Headbanger's picture

And we don't care!






kchrisc's picture

The irony is that Mr. Navy Captain is already broke, as they not only stole his retirement with inflation, but have pissed it away into treasuries.

He'll be singing a new tune soon.

Liberty is a demand. Tyranny is submission.

Cynicles's picture

The same tyrants that created ISIS created Øbamatax.

shovelhead's picture

I had one of those too. My old next door neighbor was a Gunny Mst.Sgt.

I gave up. There wasn't any Foreign Policy that couldn't be made better by artillery.

The boy just loved them guns.

oudinot's picture

The US has to outsmart Assad, Putin, Hezbollah and the Revolutionary Guard.

Obono is the underdog in this game of wits.

blabam's picture

You mean the guys who can't beat a bunch of camel fuckers with ak's and rocket launchers in Syria?

SDShack's picture

"We JV'd some folks..."