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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Grumbleduke's picture

smells like justification for ground troops. Another "inherited" red-line, set by you know who: No boots on the ground. At the moment they only have sandals or air jordans.

In.Sip.ient's picture

"it will be the "catalyst" for the next round of Syrian airstrikes. "


I sincerely hope NOT!


And don't underestimate the possibility that the

"next provocation" ( if this didn't do it ) is also

orchestrated from Moscow...


Somebody has discovered that they can play Trump.




Tiwin's picture

Trump is not being played-he is one of the players.

You were duped, wars for israel will not stop.

The beatings will continue until morale improves!

MsCreant's picture

No one knows what they are doing, at all. No one. Not even the fucking so called Elite ya'll believe in so ardently. They may be trying, but they ain't in control either.

This is the kind of thing that made them invent the word CLUSTERFUCK.

Mtnrunnr's picture

haha. I just posted a similar sentiment. this is NOT GOOD. smells like nam+afghanistan. 

QuantumEasing's picture

That would be a feat.

Considering they DON'T EXIST.

And they would have used them the day after getting their claws on them had they been real.

I can again only presume the down-voters are Hasbara Trolls, or those unwilling to believe how fundamentally they've been lied to.

You're going to have to grow up and realize Santa, Unicorns, Newks and the Flat Earth don't exist sooner or later.

WaterWings's picture

All the HuffPo kidz are reading ZH right now to figure out WTF so be polite and say "CHARLIEFOXTROT". Where is my safe space on ZH??

stubb's picture

Don't be naive. The military-industrial-surveillance complex and its shills on Capitol Hill know EXACTLY what they're doing. 

I used to laugh at the conspiracy theorists. Not so much these days. 

Tiwin's picture

"no one kills like Capone" -Bugs Moran 1929

"no one uses white phosphorous like Israel" - anyone with a brain 2017

Mtnrunnr's picture

this is a cluster fuck. we need to get out.

valjoux7750's picture

Gee didn't Israel use white phosphorus against Palestinians? No big deal the so now why?   

Anybody with half a brain knows this is more fake news to invite the US to do more bombing. guess we will be seeing more pics of burning baby's now too. That seems to set trump off. 

Kenny Drebson's picture

pretty sure you got it wrong... it was the dancing PALESTINIANS that used it on the dancing israelis.

Savyindallas's picture

Is this the same type of white phosphorous and Napalm we used to burn alive a million or so Vietnamese, Laotions and Cambodians? 

HowdyDoody's picture

No. That was the cheap & nasty stuff. This is the real kosher stuff.


stubb's picture

I wish they had burned up all those bastards. Arabs are the shittiest people on earth, except for Somalis. 

land_of_the_few's picture

Steve Jobs was half-Syrian.

John Law Lives's picture

Look what that fvcking dildo McCain just said:


'Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said the administration of President Donald Trump was “probably was partially to blame,” for the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria.'


That warmongering S.O.B. needs to F.O.

Pigeon's picture

He is TRULY a piece of shit and cannot die quickly enough (of natural causes).

tmosley's picture

Strangulation happens all the time in nature.

ggm's picture

Funny, I misread that as "Fake the Nation".

Giant Meteor's picture

goad  (g?d)


1. A long stick with a pointed end used for prodding animals.

2. An agent or means of prodding or urging; a stimulus.

tr.v. goad·ed, goad·ing, goads

To prod or urge with or as if with a long pointed stick.

John Law Lives's picture

Warmonger McCain can shove that prodding stick up his arse.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Warmonger McCain can shove that prodding stick up his arse.

After Lindsey's many excursions into McCain's work-worn rectum, do you think he'd even notice it?

John Law Lives's picture

Who knows.  I detest both of them.

Theta_Burn's picture

US military base in Syria. slipped that right in, I suppose the next presser will be that base needs Patriot batteries for security.

And if the Syrians don't want that uninvited occupying force there? would they just be bombed into submittance?

Fucking unreal.

Remember when 0boy let everyone down? this feels worse..


MsCreant's picture

Ebony and Ivory...

Jive together in perfect...


Equal opportunity let downs for all.

Winston Churchill's picture

Abandon hope, all thee that enter here.

Trump was the psyop to remove any last hope the peeps had.

MsCreant's picture

As I posted up thread, I hope he simply did not know the full score (with Bannon he should have). Psyop is our worst nightmare. We'll keep giving you hope and change, hope and change, until you have no hope for any change. Learned helplessness, like rats who are shocked no matter what. When later, a means of control presents itself, you won't even take it.

crossroaddemon's picture

He knew. You can't seriously believe he didn't.

MsCreant's picture

The theater. The coordination. People are imperfect and don't always stay loyal or stick to the script. What you suggest is beyond "The Truman Show." 

And why not Hillary? 

If you are right, I'm not sure you have inhaled and processed what that would mean. Deep state would have to be a bunch of psychologists/marketers/propogandists running things. There is no free will. Might as well pray to them to grant you favors for your cooperation. 

I am not willing to bet on it that there are a group of humans that smart and good at this to get away with it. 

crossroaddemon's picture

He either knew or he is an absolute blithering idiot. Which explanation do you prefer?

Archive_file's picture

We're so fucked.

I'm gassing up my van for when the war starts. At that point, we'll be asked to turn in scrap metal, nylon stockings, and given ration cards for gas and cooking oil.

DeathMerchant's picture

When this war starts in earnest, everything will be scrap metal.

land_of_the_few's picture

Well who knows what equipment the Western LGBT shock troops will need after they master Arabic in their safe space.

aliki's picture

for the last few years, ive been apprehensive to see whats going on around the world because i didnt want to bring my mood down after say a good weekend

now im flat-out scared to see what the next story is gonna have to say

this shit is getting out of control real quick

missile strikes in syria, marines on the ground

sending a navy strike group to north korea

this is not what i voted for

10mm's picture

Our votes never counted. Just keep your original mood up and enjoy the weekends. Garbage In, Garbage Out. George Carlin

grizfish's picture

I haven't voted on over 8 years.  Guess when I decided to quit voting for the lesser of two evils.  


DeathMerchant's picture

Exactly!! A lot of us fell for the America First bullshit and it looks like we were fucked over.  This is simply more of the same. Perhaps Trump deferring to his military command is the scariest of all. I can see doing that after having been forced into a conflict with no way out but to do it as primary policy is bullshit.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Russia should just declare a no-fly zone and be done with it.

This shit is starting to get real.

Consuelo's picture



The Russians will have to be 'pushed' to do that, but there will come a point at which they'll have no choice, unfortunately.   


It is at that point, we will find out whose hardware (and will) is superior.

general ambivalent's picture

"Give me convenience, or give me death." - Orange Jesus

MsCreant's picture

I thought that was Orange Julius.

WillyGroper's picture

now that's damn funny!


HRClinton's picture

Trump is 'Merica's AGENT ORANGE

Feel 'defoliated' yet?

Wait till you get the smell of Napalm in the morning, to the tune of Wagner's Ride of the Vallyries.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

The Mandarin Orange Candidate.

Aubiekong's picture

You have to have an airstrike to repel 20-30 of McCains/CIA trained ISIS fighters as they attack a hardened pre positioned defensive foce? Usually you would need at least 10-1 to attack a defensive position like an existing military base. Does not make sense....

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

They’ve gone nuts the point that they believe any evidence that contradicts what they want to believe is really evidence that it’s true.

That’s a very good description of where we’re at. I’ve noticed this as well. We have reached the point of total semiotic chaos whereat any piece of data, no matter what it is, can be instantly spun or memed so as to support any chosen narrative. When everything is evidence of everything, nothing is evidence of anything.

This is one of those “signs of the times” that lets you know the situation is nearing a point of collapse, and some kind of narrative reset involving war, economic distress, and social upheaval is in our future, for chaos simply cannot endure (or be endured) very long.

This is also why it is no longer plausible to justify Trump’s Boner by saying, “Oh, he’s just playing 4-dimensional chess.” Playing whatever-D chess is what got us into this mess in the first place. Too many Deep State black ops, too many cover stories, too much disinformation and psych warfare and outright lying. Too much fake news. It is something of an admission of defeat that some of Trump’s proponents would even resort to this line of defense at all, for at the very least it exposes him as manipulable, possibly as an oaf, and worse as a cynical opportunist. He should have let his speech be yea yea and nay nay. Now we will never know what to make of anything he says or does, never know whom he really serves.

Many decades’ worth of venal behavior by the elites and the hollowing out of a rigged and gamed-to-death system are coming to a head.

Archive_file's picture

Holy shit: "When everything is evidence of everything, nothing is evidence of anything."