ISIS Attacks US-Led Base In Southern Syria, As Assad Said To Use White Phosphorus

Tyler Durden's picture

With the US now engaged in military conflict with, and targeting Syrian army forces, what the Trump administration has (un)wittingly done is provide support to Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and al-Nusra and other terrorist forces, all of which have been engaging with the Assad regime in a fight in which the Syrian president has gradually seen the tide of war turn in his favor. At least until last Friday's US cruise missile attack that is. 

Which is why it should probably come as no surprise that, emboldened by US actions, moments ago the WSJ reported that Islamic State militants attacked a US-led coalition base (at least we now have official confirmation that there are US military bases in Syria) in southern Syria on Saturday, "triggering a fierce fight that required coalition airstrikes to repel, U.S. military officials said Sunday."

The complex attack began on Saturday when Islamic State fighters detonated a vehicle bomb at a base in al-Tanf, a town in southern Syria along the Jordan border used by American special operation forces and Syrian rebels working with the U.S. coalition, the officials said.


Between 20 and 30 Islamic State fighters, including some with suicide vests, then attacked the base, which is a staging ground and training facility for the U.S.-backed Syrian rebels.

As the WSJ adds, Coalition forces and Syrian rebels engaged in firefights with the attackers and then called in airstrikes to repel the attack, officials said.

Luckily, there was no word of any American fatalities in the attack, although next time the US forces on the ground may not be so lucky, and the resulting media storm would prompt a full reappraisal of Trump's action which by weakening Assad implicitly and directly is boosting the relative strength of the Islamic State.

The Islamic State attack comes as the U.S. military is deepening its presence in Syria as part of an intensifying campaign to drive the extremist group from its de facto capital in Raqqa. For weeks, the U.S. military has been strengthening its presence along the Jordan-Syria border, according to U.S. and Jordanian officials.

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Meanwhile, confirming that the US is not nearly close done bombing Assad, on Sunday the Qatar-owned (the country which at long last hopes to have its gas pipeline cross Syria to Europe) Al Jazeera, reported that Syrian jets have bombed the town of Idlib using White Phosphorus.

One almost wonders what must have gone through the head of the Al Jazeera producers when told to report on such a story.

One thing we can imagine, however, is sequence of thoughts inside Assad's head: "Well, I just got bombed by the US and I will surely get bombed even more at even the slightest additional provocation that can be splashed across the front pages of western newspaper. So... yes, brilliant idea - I will use a banned, toxic substance - White Phosphorus - and hope it appears on all media channels around the developed world, just to make sure the next US airstrike aims right for my palace."

Sure, why not.

Expect to hear much more about white phosphorus in the coming days: it will be the "catalyst" for the next round of Syrian airstrikes. 

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sunra's picture

... very interesting, thx. But: why was there no (Syrian) s300 or (Russian) s400 taking off? That is what they are made for, after all.

fx's picture

"That deserves another beer."

careful! might be another chemical weapon delivered right to your fridge by assad

hestroy's picture

No need to demolish more bulding for people's money.

yogibear's picture

Deep-state and neocons want to trigger WWIII. 

Bill Gates is all for wiping billions of people off the face of the earth in a few days. 

Frito's picture

That cunt would do well to start with himself

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

Isn't he one of them "more equal" ones?

Chupacabra-322's picture

And these are the same terrorists (trained by the Pentagon) who are the alleged target of Washington’s counterterrorism bombing campaign initiated by Obama in August 2014:

“The Pentagon scheme established in 2012 consisted in equipping and training Al Qaeda rebels in the use of chemical weapons, with the support of military contractors hired by the Pentagon, and then holding the Syrian government responsible for using the WMD against the Syrian people.

What is unfolding is a diabolical scenario –which is an integral part of military planning– namely a situation where opposition terrorists advised by Western defense contractors are actually in possession of chemical weapons.

This is not a rebel training exercise in non-proliferation. While president Obama states that “you will be held accountable” if “you” (meaning the Syrian government) use chemical weapons, what is contemplated as part of this covert operation is the possession of chemical weapons by the US-NATO sponsored terrorists, namely “by our” Al Qaeda affiliated operatives, including the Al Nusra Front which constitutes the most effective Western financed and trained fighting group, largely integrated by foreign mercenaries. In a bitter twist, Jabhat al-Nusra, a US sponsored “intelligence asset”, was recently put on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations.

The West claims that it is coming to the rescue of the Syrian people, whose lives are allegedly threatened by Bashar Al Assad. The truth of the matter is that the Western military alliance is not only supporting the terrorists, including the Al Nusra Front, it is also making chemical weapons available to its proxy “opposition” rebel forces.

The next phase of this diabolical scenario is that the chemical weapons in the hands of Al Qaeda operatives will be used against civilians, which could potentially lead an entire nation into a humanitarian disaster.

The broader issue is: who is a threat to the Syrian people? The Syrian government of Bashar al Assad or the US-NATO-Israel military alliance which is recruiting “opposition” terrorist forces, which are now being trained in the use of chemical weapons.” (Michel Chossudovsky, May 8, 2013, minor edit)

More from the article:

The Pentagon’s Training of “Rebels” (aka Al Qaeda Terrorists) in the Use of Chemical Weapons

CNN accuses Bashar Al Assad of killing his own people while also acknowledging that the “rebels” are not only in possession of chemical weapons, but that these “moderate terrorists” affiliated with Al Nusra are trained in the use of chemical weapons by specialists on contract to the Pentagon.

In a twisted logic, the Pentagon’s mandate was to ensure that the rebels aligned with Al Qaeda would not acquire or use WMD, by actually training them in the use of chemical weapons (sounds contradictory):

“The training [in chemical weapons], which is taking place in Jordan and Turkey, involves how to monitor and secure stockpiles and handle weapons sites and materials, according to the sources. Some of the contractors are on the ground in Syria working with the rebels to monitor some of the sites, according to one of the officials.

The nationality of the trainers was not disclosed, though the officials cautioned against assuming all are American. (CNN, December 09, 2012, emphasis added)

screenshot of the CNN article, the original link has been redirected to CNN blogs,

The above report by CNN’s award winning journalist Elise Labott (relegated to the status a CNN blog), refutes CNN’s numerous accusations directed against Bashar Al Assad.

Who is doing the training of terrorists in the use of chemical weapons? From the horse’s mouth: CNN

Lore's picture

Nobody is buying the lies. People are awake. I attended a coffee clutch this afternoon, and there was no dispute. Soldiers, police officers, entrepeneurs, local government, everybody is awake. This time, the bullshit just isn't gaining traction.  On one hand, it's gratifying to hear sane, rational, informed discourse, but on the other, the talk is grim and scary. Everybody expects something to happen.

crossroaddemon's picture

I wish I was seeing the same thing.

giovanni_f's picture

Lore - the deep state doesn't require any longer the majority believe their lies. "They"  are in the brute force mode since a couple of years. They took their mask off. That's why a neoneocon Trump bombing Syria based on the evidence of youtube videos does not cause outrage.

Teja's picture

As a kid, walking in the forest with my parents, we found a device which later on was identified as a 14kg phosphorus bomb which had not exploded in WWII. Made in America, I would assume.

Lanka's picture

An epic cluster-fuck, courtesy of the deep state.

BingoBoggins's picture

(gulp) .... didn't he mean us?!

Shoulda cussed all y'all out a day earlier.


(do it)

HungryPorkChop's picture

Dollar?  Me thinks that Saudi has Ze-Trump bent over a barrel right now and lets just say it ain't a pretty sight.  The only obvious solution is moar' QE, Boots on ze Ground and bumbs!   Cause' we all know they hate us for our freedom and liberty.  Oh shizzz did I just type that on Windows 10 which remembers every keystroke ever made?  Ugh!

CheapBastard's picture

Isn't "white" phosphorous a raycist term these dayz?

Chupacabra-322's picture

An obvious Gas Lighting attempt by the Deep State.

People are awake to The a False Flags & Deception.

Syrian White Phosphorus PsyOp.

Irrefutable Fact with the 28 Pages of declassified Intel Documents implicating the Saudis in the False Flag of 911.

The Hypocrisy has no bounds. Open Criminality & Lawlessness continues.

ds's picture

Dollar will soar, the last standing safe haven


Truther's picture

It's all McMaster and Kushner having a Trump Shish Kabob 

LibertyVibe's picture

More like McMaster and Patraeus.

Kaeako's picture

I distinctly remember writing here that Obama is the closest thing to an ally you (the alt-right, anti-war people) are going to get in the White House. Obama recognized that he was being bullshitted on Syria and he recognized that getting into another fight is not in the best interests of the United States, and so he held back. Trump on the other hand is turning out as expected.

Billy the Poet's picture

So none of that funding of ISIS stuff happened on Obama's watch. OK, then.

VK's picture

Isis funded by CIA, Israel, Saudi, Qatar. Obama was just a puppet but he did prevent further escalation. Never launched cruise missiles into Syria.

beemasters's picture

I remember how the MSM and Israel(Bibi) trashed Obama being a weak president when it came to wars with Syria and Iran. Some warmongers apparently do have limits.

nmewn's picture

Or running guns in from the newly failed state of Libya after supplying AQ with its own air force (a loaner kinda thingy.)

Yeah that fucking Obama, what a swell guy.

MS7's picture

Hillary was the one who pushed for Libya. Compared to Hillary and Trump, Obama is a swell guy. Trump now is probably drunk on the praise he is getting from MSM. I only expect worse to come.

nmewn's picture

I'm having a running discussion with jeff & LTER about responsibility and how nobody ever mans the fuck up and takes responsibility anymore (even when Tyler or Sac decides to delete that discussion or this one or someday ban me is mute) the root of that discussion will never go away.

Ultimately Obama was the CnC. 

Hillary, conniving, incompetently cunning, evil bitch that she is, could only suggest moves on the world chess board. She does not order jets from Aviano or Sigonella to come to anyones aid or not...or...order the CIA to drape themselves in black bedsheets and run around in the Libyan desert. She doesn't send cargo ships loaded with Sniper rifles, RPGs, and 125 mm and 155mm howitzers on her own from Benghazi to the ports of Banias & Borj Islam Syria. Obama as CnC is the only one with authority to do that (just as Trump now) and has the ultimate responsibility for the results.

stubb's picture

IOW, it makes absolutely no difference who we vote for.

I always thought George Carlin was a copout because he refused to vote. Now I know he was right. 


WillyGroper's picture

glad i didn't waste my time.

StagStopa's picture

Fuckin a rights. I have little love for Obama, but jesus, he was better than this two faced, lying, cocksucker.


new game's picture

2 party tyranny. all we have. race to the bottom.

fuk voting. fuk this countries traitors, heading to the shitter fast...

live life free and to its fullest. every day counts...

fuk dc

Dakota Kid's picture

When he became President, Trump threw us a few bones to make us believe he was on our side.

I got concerned when I saw him push for Ryan's repainted ACA scam.

I got worried when Bannon was removed from the National Security team.

I know Trump isn't stupid and he knows blaming Assad for the chemical weapons attack is BS. 

I was horrified when I saw the cruise missle attack.

Now we are only steps away from WW3.

FU Trump.


Teja's picture

Now the Liberals are being warned to cheer too much for Trump:

FU Trump²

redc1c4's picture

Willie Peter will make you a believer!

tie two WP grenades to the front of each Claymore, so you can cover the dead spaces to your front.

grizfish's picture

As an Artillery Officer, I can state for a fact that we used Willy Pete in Viet-Nam.  The dense jungle hid our marking rounds of HE (high explosive) and we couldn't tell where they hit.  You need to know where the marking rounds are landing before you can "Fire for Effect" with all 6 howitzers in a firing battery.  A WP round gives off a dense white cloud that rises out of the jungle cover. 

SilverRhino's picture

We used WP all over Kuwait as well.   Nice light blue shells, 8 bastards to a pallet.   90+ pounds in 155 and fucking ultra heavy (160+) in 203mm

WTFMOFO's picture

King of Battle baby!  I was there also....155 Howitzer.

EuroPox's picture

Well they will need better equipment then.  The Tomahawks used last week were made in 2014 and 2015 - they were not old stock.

Here is an image from recovered parts:

Hope Copy's picture

Thanks.. but did the Russkies fish that out of the sea  (the starter)?   

EuroPox's picture

No idea but the source does not have a reputation for posting BS, so as things stand, I am willing to take the images at face value. 

redc1c4's picture

did you run all the part numbers to verify they are part of a Tomohawk?

EuroPox's picture

You will find plenty of blogs running the numbers.  Here is one:

You will also see a couple of parts in the images with 'CAGE CODE 37695' - that is Raytheon at Fort Wayne, IN.

Volkodav's picture

      I think she relative of our friends live Tomsk Seversk

      Family there is nuclear engineer, super programmer top of physics class and such

      there is noone BS


land_of_the_few's picture

This is what happens when you outsource eveything, import vast numbers of cheap foreigners, dumb down your own education system, and not just in STEM subjects - everything including language, history, culture and diplomacy. Sclerotic, hollowed-out shell, particularly at the top.

Try reading some American literature from the 1920s - they were actually educated back then, and were simply a regional power that knew its limits.

tmosley's picture

White phosphorous indicates Israel.

Looks like Saudi and Israel are working together to force the US to invade. Suspect we are being blackmailed via the petrodollar.

MsCreant's picture

"Suspect we are being blackmailed via the petrodollar."

Trump was living in a fairy tale. Perhaps he meant everything he ever promised on the campaign trail. Then he got in office and got an education about 1971, the gold standard, and the bourse with SA. He is doing what he always does, navigating a bankruptcy.

Winston Churchill's picture

That could be Ms.

Ignorance is no excuse though and that would mean he had no understanding of even the basics.