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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grizfish's picture

Another kudo for you.  Few recognize OneMug for what he was.  Advancements in physics have been derailed for over 100 years.

QuantumEasing's picture

Thank you, Griz. Comments like yours make all the spamming troll attacks I receive worthwhile.

Trying to jump start the "Apocalypse."

Which literally translates as "the unveiling."

First order of business is identifying bullshit and mercilessly removing it. Deprogramming involves removing mental plaque, and looking at things 90 degrees from the unipolar or dipolar Hegelian "choices." If I'm proven wrong, I'll own it, but going along for the ride is no way to live.

But as Scott Adams says, there's no noise quite like the shifting of a paradigm without a clutch.

lurker since 2012's picture

By the way, I am not Jewish, "not that theirs anything wrong with that".

Internet-is-Beast's picture

This is such balderdash. Have you studied even Special Relativity? Have you studied Quantum Field Theory in which Special Relativity plays an essential role in the development of the Standard Model? No, of course not. You just "know" Einstein was a douche.

I anticipate that you are going to say Einstein stole Special Relativity from Lorentz. Strange that the whole theory was built around Lorentz transformations which Einstein never claimed to have invented.

Is Edward Witten also a douche?

Gotta love university level hayseed indoctrination.

Teja's picture

Thanks. Even if Einstein is proven "wrong" in the future, it is the kind of wrong we all would be proud of having achieved, a kind of "wrong" which only other great geniuses like Galileo or Newton ever have achieved. I do not have the slightest idea why this kind of "wrong" should block scientific progress.

And up to now, all measurement results from astrophysics prove him right. Just not explain everything, not the World Formula, but that was something quite clear to him, too. That final theory is not discovered yet, not sure if it ever will be.

QuantumEasing's picture

Special and General. Quantum Field Theory, Superstring Theory, Chaos Theory. And others. And having friends in the high-energy physics department gave me some unique hands-on experiences and discussions.

Einstein's "douche" status would be forgiven had he actually contributed something useful. Mostly he is just a sacred-cow that few want to take a poke at for sentimental reasons.

E=MC2 is non-sensical, and is simply marketing.

Why would Whitten be a douche? His work has been inspirational, and his efforts to reconcile the Standard Model and Quantum Field Theory were groundbreaking. The reconcilliation is doomed to failure, however, in spite of Yang-Mills theory.

Sidebar to Teja: His kind of wrong is bad because it has lead scientists into a cul-de-sac. Constructing a house on a bad foundation requires the entire house be torn down and rebuilt. A flawed premise is void ab-inito. The fact that C is not a constant demolishes everything based on E=MC2, which pulls the rug out of quite a chunk of theoretical physics (which would be better termed scientific philosophy, since it is not strictly testable, provable, and repeatable).

The speed of light has been shown to be variable in a vacuum (as of 2015), thus negating the notion that C is in fact a constant. Depending on the pulse-structure of the photons, they can travel slower than 299,792 Km per second.

The equation was presumptuous. J.S. Bell's theorem is far more relevant, and IMHO should be receiving more attention for its implications.

Einstein was borderline autistic, and it has now been shown that his wife was the brilliant mathematician.

You err in making presumptions about me, but this is not about me. This is about breaking humanity out of the scientific stagnation of the 20th century. Aside from the Electronics Revolution (made possible thanks to Quantum Field Theory, NOT Relativity), and heavier-than-air flight, not much of note has happened since 1950 (semi-conductor miniaturization is the biggest thing since then).

Tesla, Fermi, and Feynman were true giants of the 20th century, but receive little recognition for their breakthroughs. All the focus goes to flim-flam artists like Einstein and Oppenheimer, who created "Newks" as a way to "prevent war" (and make a few trillion bucks, but hey...).

Again, I upvoted you for actually being willing to discourse, in spite of the mild ad-hominems you tossed in there.

Science is about asking questions, the more unpopular the better, and sacred-cows are made to be slaughtered and eaten.

Volkodav's picture

     Prophecy has been fulfilled.

     Damascus Aram destroyed by Assyria 734 BC

     Burnt and leveled to ground...Ten Tribes Israelites took away captive


JLee2027's picture

No.....The Prohpecy clearly says Damascus will CEASE TO BE A CITY. Forever.


Syrians are still the descendants of Aram, Noah's grandson, aka Aramites, to this day.

QuantumEasing's picture

I prophesize that fools will continue believing in prophecy.

Hark! I am the Prophet of Prophetic Profit!

land_of_the_few's picture

And you are probably the descendant of the Huffer Of Araldite.

crossroaddemon's picture

I've heard of this dude they call God. It deflates my ego a bit when the chicks that get in my bed call out his name instead of mine...

land_of_the_few's picture

Balls. Just because San Fran, Lesbos, Bradford and Malmö aren't in the Bible, and Damascus is. My neighbor's cat is a better astrologer.

Akzed's picture

That reminds me of something...

chubbar's picture

So last week it was sarin gas, this week white phosphorus and next what? Nukes? Is there any length these asshole neo-cons won't go to shit on Assad? They are stretching their credulity as it is. What a fucking joke they are becoming with these charges.

Laddie's picture


Russia Draws a Red Line for Trump

Enough with the Chess Memes Already

Trump hires globalist as economic advisor:
Trump Taps Kevin Hassett For Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Wall Street Journal
Mr. Hassett emerged as a candidate for the job several months ago, but the White House announced its intent to nominate him Friday.

Like Father, like son:
Fred C Trump

Kevin MacDonald – Neocons to Remove Assad, Trump Buys the MSM Lie AUDIO April 7, 2017 emeritus professor of psychology at California State University - Long Beach

Anteater's picture

The photos are neither WP, which burns with a white light and fierce plumes of pure white, nor is it napalm, which burns with oily orange black billows. F'ck these White Hats who staged a false-flag right when Trump needed to cover his SECOND failure to pass TrumpDon'tCare, and by pure synchronicity, Lil Kim shot off a missile too, giving Trump and MIC-FED 'leadership' options on the table, to divert the POODLED MEGAPHONE Media and the 10,000,000-Man howling mobs of Deplorables.

Trump has betrayed every single campaign promise, and immediately launched a two-front NeoCon wet dream.

Even Cheney got a stiffy, and that's a GD miracle!

At this point, really, what difference does it make? We now have an UNELECTED Czar and Czarina of All Things, cutting hotel deals with Red China one day, and spilling Top Secret briefings to Netanyahu the next. They're running a -$1.2 trillion deficit, by pulling from our SS and MC trust funds, and real estate is about to become even more unaffordable, after the phony shutdown, then raised -$30 trillion debt-ceiling ushers in QE4 and 4 years of hyper-bubble.

Your only decision is do you pay $250 for a 1962 rambler, put $40 into it and try to flip it for $350 to the Next Greater Sucker, or do you do an orderly cash-out and move your assets offshore, where you can still buy a beautiful new urban condo for $40.

That's right, 4, 0. With a security gate, offstreet parking and a watchman.

Dope and Chains, baby!

Gonzogal's picture

True.... Israhell is the EXPERT in using white phosphorus on Gazans

hestroy's picture

One filthy joo already down voted u.

CurveBall's picture

Pun intended? Haha! This is absolutely ludacris, this isn't anyD chess, this is "go fish"...

Justin Case's picture

Merican regime is worried that peace may be too close for comfort.

The Deacon's picture

More American boots on the ground = more targets. Hooray.  ISIS morale and recruiting has just skyrocketed.  Just wonderful.

And now the Dems , after perpetrating Fake News that was fading into oblivion for months with Trump's  Russian connection, and praising TRUMP for a day, can now SWAP the narrative for a visibible and tangible target....TRUMP's actions in Syria.

Reckless, without planning, poorly conceived, quagmire.


So having accomplished very little at home, and just getting the Susan Rice/unmasking story some legs....Trump has turned the news cycle onto himself.....and alienated much of his base in the process.

Camelot....its fading from view......

Blankone's picture

This CIA action for the media just created the justification for moving fully outfitted ground troops with armor and artillery into southern Syria. How far from Damascus?

The phosphorus story may well be an indicator they plan another attack, but larger, on Assad very soon. Will have to watch if they build a media hysteria around it and then attack. Assassination of Assad may also become acceptable to the US public.

QuantumEasing's picture

It's properly spelled "ISUS."

Anteater's picture

It's spelled correctly as 'IL-US-KSA', and pronounced, 'Lu-ci-fer'.

Deep State spiked crude almost 10% in 7 days with this bulls't:

i poop pink ice cream's picture

ISIS = Israeli Secret Intelligence Service

Beowulf55's picture



Don't really see the humor as Trump will believe it.

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

do you mean the favorite weapon of choice of izrahell against palestine?
oooh yeah!!! satanic talmud joos must be having a baked child for dinner right now. trump the swamp standing outside begging to have a bite.

beautiful babies. so beautiful one'd like to bite them.

Raffie's picture

In the lower video is a SUV driving normal speed as if nothing is wrong.

Odd because when attacks are being done ppl tend to drive like a bat of hell.

07564111's picture

white phosphorus supplied by Jizrael.

Muad'Grumps's picture

How stupid do they think we are? White phosphorous? Ahhh, I wonder who uses that.

07564111's picture

They don't care whether the statements are believed or not, it's enough that they be covered in the MSM. The lies will be used as pretext for action.

chubbar's picture

What little conflict between the large media outlets (FOX vs the rest of them) now became 100% neo-con coverage which means that there is no media to raise the bullshit flag on this charge of white phosphorus or any other forthcoming charges. Anything these neo-cons say is going to be repeated as the gospel from every media outlet. Just fucking swell.

Stormtrooper's picture

White phosphourus dropped by Jizrael?

escapeefromOZ's picture

Hey  Assad ! Don't you know that only the rogue state Number one ( Israel ) can use white phosphorous on people ? 

You coul be sanctioned by the Rogue state number 2 ( The USA ) and the criminal organization called the United Nations of shit !

rodocostarica's picture

Jeez mr president you were right.. You said I would get sick of all this ___________! Now Im so sick of all all this __________ please stop.


Fill in the blanks as you see fit

Sizzurp's picture

Whiskey Pete is nasty stuff.

Anteater's picture

Whiskey Papa, aged 10 years in the synagogue.

Justin Case's picture

US troops used white phosphorus as a weapon in offensive in the Iraqi city of Falluja.

The US had earlier said the substance - which can cause burning of the flesh - had been used only for illumination.

Ya datz it, illumination.

MsCreant's picture

Illumination- I keep bombing you with it until you see the light. 

ross81's picture

so nice of ISIS to turn up in another part of Syria that the US & co want to invade.

HowdyDoody's picture

It's just one of those amazing coincydinks.