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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Proaurum's picture

Ah yes, the infamous White Phosphorus that the world community was happy for the Israelis to use on people in Gaza and Lebanon.

Arrest Hillary's picture

I'd like to see a Sarin/White Phosphorus cocktail .... kind of like chlorinated organic compounds (DDT) .... that would suck the snot out of their little Islamic snouts ?

Omega_Man's picture

merica loves attacking everyone the end ....fight merica will fight on their own soil 

Arrest Hillary's picture

My Joos learned from Hitler, Stalin and Islam .... it's better to be an aggressor .... than a victim ?

smacker's picture

Alas, when Trump bombed the Syrian airfield last week leaving the runway undamaged and just destroying a handful of old MIGs, I thought it might be a carefully choreographed secret deal between Washingtown and Moscow to kill the never-ending talk of him being Moscow's puppet. There was a lot of merit to this theory as "savyindallas" and "victor999" both articulated in another thread.

But as the days have passed and I see open discussion by Trump's people of more bomb attacks on Syria, US military bases inside the country and the US-UN bimbo Nikki Wotshername openly declaring that Syrian regime change is the objective, I have concluded that this is for real. Trump really has done a 180 and has decided to join the long list of war presidents to obey the Deep State.

Instead of draining the swamp he has jumped into it and taken some more GS masters with him.

He has sidelined the strong case against Rice and never even pursued criminal charges against the Klintonista.

This begs the question as to why.

Was his campaign rhetoric just a load of bullsh!t to win votes? Or has something fundamental changed his mind?

Either way, if Russia carries out its threat to shoot down any unauthorised planes/missiles that enter Syria, the consequences will be severe.

Bavarian's picture

I'm right there with you still holding out a scintilla of hope this game is still in play.  If so, he would have to string it out for believability.  But it's looking bleaker with every passing day.  Still, nothing has really damage has really taken place.  And this could still bring about "peace talks" in Russia where our intel cannot overhear anything.  They still monitor evrything he says with the possible exception of Mar-E-Largo where he had his own people build the SCIF and connect secure encrypted lines.  This is where he spoke with Xi. 

If this is a plan, it's masterfully crafted and completely necessary as the media/CIA/dems have created a narrative that prevents Russian reproachment.  Keep in ind, the US warned Russia of this "bombing". 

It's hard for me to believe this angle much longer as I'm waning and about to jump ship. 



smacker's picture

Indeed. And the latest comments from Tillerson seem to indicate a slight rowing back on US prime obejctives whilst Nikki US-UN is still holding out on regime change.

What a mess !!

PitBullsRule's picture

"begs the question as to why"?  Only to a complete idiot like yourself.  Sarin Nerve gas on little kids is why, asshole!

smacker's picture

Methinks that at any moment now you're gonna be the first pit bull dog in the world to produce irrefutable evidence that: a) there actually was a chem attack and it wasn't yet another choreographed event false flag, b) it was Sarin gas used and c) it was carried out under the orders of Assad.


Go ahead,be my guest ,,, I give you the floor:




The other explanation is that you're just an angry maladjusted snowflake pit bull doggy of the fascist variety.

Arrest Hillary's picture

Never have so many cruise missles .... done so little damage .... (a few dollars worth of Sarin .... supposedly killed 80 peeps) .... and they won't even let us see it .... not one teeny weenie runway crater .... classified ?

americanreality's picture

Well its better than wasting money on meals on wheels!   Right guys?  

Azannoth's picture

So this is where the surplus Israeli white-phosphorus went

Omega_Man's picture

really sad that merica tied itself to jews all these years and to suffer their fate as the children of satan...if you had any sense you would be honest and do the right thing.... but instead you are disgusting and deceitful  

Bavarian's picture

Three years of conflict and suddenly white powder appears to get American citizens sheeple to glance from Iphones long enough to invoke enough fear to go in and bomb another soverign nation.  Now order is restored...we bombed innocent brown people.  Business as usual.

I guess rising oil prices had nothing to do with this...right.

At least we now know the presidency cannot defeat the swamp.  Game over.  DJT does not equal JFK. 


americanreality's picture

Didn't take long.  And they trot out hillary to say she supports trump's bombing.  There it is, clear as can be if you're paying attention. Two wings of the same dead duck.  


Someone needs to paint a bullseye on Gorsuch's face.  Make things easier for good patriots out there. 

Maxter's picture

Wasn't that just incendiary bombs? Mostly used against ammo depot to detonate them.

south40_dreams's picture

Get rid of all the America hating trolls in here.

DEMIZEN's picture

This is nothing. You are lucky because you only speak one or two languages. The world hates america so badly, you wouldnt be able to listen to it for more than a minute. At least you get a bit of a sense here.. 

artichoke's picture

Some do, some don't.  Many that sort of hate us, sort of need us too.  We have many clunky codependent relationships with other countries.

Jack Oliver's picture

The US are FUCKED no matter what eventuates - Wait till Russia drag the 'particle beam' weaponary out !!  

US will be totally immobilised - Putin has NO desire to slaughter people !!

Wahooo's picture

I'm amazed at how many Christians I talk to think it is okay to have a military presence in Syria and be bombing and droning people. Tgey don't connect what we are able to do with what is morally and spiritually acceptable.

PitBullsRule's picture

We bombed an airport asshole!  Assad used Sarin Gas on little kids!  Pull your head out of your ass!

Geoff777's picture

Yeah, and he personally threw new born babies out of incubators, just like them bastard Iraquis.....

Hammer of Light's picture

Whomever you're shilling for, it's not working. ZH readers are some the smartest bloggers on the net. Why, because we invest money and that requires critical thinking skills, which makes many of us ultra aware of what to watch out for, especially the total and complete fraud of our government that should be nuked off the planet for the evil they're doing.

As for the Sarin... if it truly were Sarin, NONE of the first responder's would be alive let alone now being seen washing people off with no gloves, safety gear, respirators or any real precautions. See, some of us have actually spent time in the military as well as investigative work... you're narrative is false and flatly falling on INTENTIONALLY DEAF ears. Why? Because many of us have actually investigated many of the false claims by our government that they've put out and know for a fact they're outright lying and creating events to justify keeping their worthless lives in a job and control.

The so called War on Terror is 100% manufactured by CIA, Israel, the Pentagon and our utterly failed diseased leadership.

Trump, totally lost my support and nearly everyone I know now. He is the SNAKE. As for the rest of your pathetic and feeble assertions to some on here, non patriotic, commie pinko I think I read, our government, the US government is the most dangerous disastrous diseased disorganization I have ever witnessed that is bent - BENT on murder for profit and lust of power. The US Government is the playground for psychotics and super criminals who are now fully entrenched and fully protected. If people stand up, they simply murder them. What makes our government ANY different than China or Russia or any third world shit-hole?

Let me school you, NIN11 was absolutely an inside job as was this lame ass attempt at a false flag. Far too many of us ex-military and investigative services know this for a material fact. My government in this current form is DEAD to me.

artichoke's picture

9/11 was absolutely an inside job, true.  Much more than that we don't know.  It did use the false-flag psychological method.

Hannibal's picture

Syria Shoots Down 34 of 59 Cruise Missiles, Russia to Upgrade System Soon

Russian ECM crashes Tomahawks into Med, others shot down

PitBullsRule's picture

You commie pinkos sure do like your fake news!

IranContra's picture

Iran is the root of ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood, and neocons would never restrain Iran. They want to expand it. This is the difference to Trump.

ISIS: Iran’s Instrument for Regional Hegemony

Hannibal's picture
Pentagon Trained Syria’s Al Qaeda “Rebels” in the Use of Chemical Weapons.

The Western media refutes their  own lies.

Not only do they confirm that the Pentagon has been training the terrorists in the use of chemical weapons, they also acknowledge the existence of a not so secret “US-backed plan to launch a chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime”

IranContra's picture

Uncomfortable Truths

It is naive to frame it all as Sunni versus Shiite. It's much more complex than that.

Without ISIS, Iran would not be in Syria "saving Assad." In fact, Assad initially resisted Iranian presence in Syria threatening his authority.

Without Dubya, Obama, and the neocons, Iranian militias and terrorists would not be in Iraq.

Putin says ISIS are guns for hire. He started wiping them out and asked Turkey to cut them off, which Turkey did. Then Putin suddenly made a U-turn on eradicating ISIS and starting singing the neocon song: "ISIS is forever, forever,..."

Why? It is because striking ISIS means exposing Putin's beloved ally Iran's complicity with ISIS. Russian generals repeatedly told Putin: Iranian militias in Syria refuse to fight ISIS! They take Russian arms and give them to ISIS.

So ISIS remains Putin's excuse for military presence in Syria, in complicity with Iran. Shame on him!

Greater Israel is an ugly idea. Greater Iran is equally ugly. Both nations expect a false messiah. Israelis don't recognize Jesus as the Messiah, they expect the "real one" to come as they build up Greater Israel. Israel is a militaristic cult.

Iranians scream "death to America, the Great Satan" and they worship their own messiah whom they call the Mahdi / AlQaem / TheHiddenImam, and who ordered them to create Greater Iran by exporting Khomeini's "Islamic Revolution" to Mecca and all the way to Morocco. This "commandment" is in the Iranian constitution. Why did Obama help them with that? Iran is a militaristic cult, too.

These are realities, not illusions.

Who cares if Israel thinks that Trump is helping them? He told Netanyahu to hold off on settlements and compromise. Trump is not serving Israel.

Suicidal terrorist cells strike Christian in Egypt. Who are they? And why?

There are such sleeper cells here in America, protected by liberals: The Muslim Brotherhood. They will strike if their headquarters in Iran is not destroyed. Trump knows that, and has no choice but to confront Iran everywhere.

They have invaded us under deceptive liberal pretenses. They are here in America, and we need to neutralize their headquarters: Iran.

are we there yet's picture

ISIS 1: I can't believe Trump fell for the old nerve gas on babies scripted video, and bombed our enemy.
ISIS 2: What do we do next Abdul? I have a collection of kittens and puppies for out next video.
ISIS 1: No, lets set off some smoke grenades and call them phosphorous bombs. Stupid Americans, they are so gullible.
ISIS 2: Please Abdul, do something with the kittens and puppies, their peeing on my prayer rug, and now I have stinky prayers.