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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HRClinton's picture

4D chess?  The only thing that batshit crazy Thump is capable of, is 3D Chest.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Now we will never know what to make of anything he says or does, never know whom he really serves.

Now I will know to ignore anything he says, be wary of anything he does, and know that he does not serve we the people. 
Robert Trip's picture


I'm off to pop a few caps and drink a couple of beers.

Winston Churchill's picture

Sometimes, at times like this, I wish I had not quit.

Maybe drunk was the way to go through life after all.

The world is full of arseholes, must be as we keep electing them.

VWAndy's picture

 Everything about this stinks. Why did Assad not go after the ISIS payroll system?

Moribundus's picture

Doktor arround sarin was britain trained jihadist

HowdyDoody's picture

He is not a British doctor. He has been removed from the British registry of doctors for unknown reasons - probably nothing at all to do with his association with terrorists and arrest under terror laws in the UK.

land_of_the_few's picture

He was "struck off" the register of medical practitioners of the GMC no, not that one, spanner-lovers!, the UK's General Medical Council.This is only done if you have been a *real bad boy*

Struck Off which seems fairly appropriately simillar to another phrase.....

orangegeek's picture

Get the drones.


Good time to test out drone tank technologies.

medium giraffe's picture

Hey, Raytheon shareholders - great news guys!

HowdyDoody's picture

I think Trump has shares so he has some consolation from all of this.

northern vigor's picture

Shhhhh...we're not suppose to know that

Hope Copy's picture

Axe the Willy-Pete, not enough white smoke.  Looks like rocket motors going off..  Some one's stash of Grad's got cooked off...

HowdyDoody's picture

The Russians have a magnesium / thermite variant that is used to burn off ammunition caches. That will produce less smoke. It could be that.

Consuelo's picture



 Not that anyone here would soil themselves with it, but the comments on the 'conservative' news sites for the past few days regarding all things 'Russia' are nothing short of stunning in their ignorance...    I find it at once hilarious, but sobering to discover how absolutely bamboozled and arrogant my fellow American citizens are regarding our station in the world, along with our perceived capabilities.   People really do think that a conflict with Russia or China would be a mere video-game event - with eating and entertaining themselves not missing a beat in the process.    It staggers the mind. 

northern vigor's picture

Conservative sites got the memo from the administration, to pull Trump's ass out of this PR nighmare he created. 

Pure Evil's picture

You'd be surprised that people had the same types of thoughts at the beginning of the Civil War in 1861. People would head out to the battlefield with picknic baskets with the sole intent of viewing the carnage as if it were a play on stage. Everyone on both sides thought it would be over in few months. Just another grand adventure.

rwe2late's picture

same at the beginning of WW1

monoloco's picture

"People really do think that a conflict with Russia or China would be a mere video-game event - with eating and entertaining themselves not missing a beat in the process."

Wouldn't cost much either, the fed will just print some more money to pay for it.

Sudden Debt's picture

this joke will never end.

It all just plays to much into the cards of America

knicks3005's picture

This should bait Trump to attack Syria again. Russia is ready for this.s 


Now, I'm just getting my popcorn ready. 

DeathMerchant's picture

Just put some oil and corn kernels in a pan and set outside so when the nuke blast goes off, your corn will be popped automatically.

Benito_Camela's picture

Only Israel is allowed to use white phosphorous and terrorist tactics. It is clearly time to launch a full scale invasion. Jared will be volunteering for infantry duty, I presume. 

monoloco's picture

Our depleted uranium is so much more humane than their white phosphorus.

QuantumEasing's picture

Yep. The only countries that have ever been "newked" are Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

bobsmith5's picture

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't this really about getting a pipeline built through Syria from Saudi Arabia to Europe so that it can compete with Russian oil?  If so, just another war for oil and seems that Trump has caved in to the globalist after all.

Understandably, there are a  multitude of other dynamics going on at the same time, but the bottom line is money, oil, and global power is the root cause.

just the tip's picture

in your comment, if you replace the word "oil" with the phrase "natural gas", and replace "KSA" with "Qatar" your comment would then be accurate.  the trump reference being accurate you are one out of three.  in baseball that's pretty good.  at ZH not so much.

red1chief's picture

He did ask to be corrected if wrong.

Mzhen's picture

No, no.  All wrong.  It's the Israelis who use White Phosphorus.

johnnycanuck's picture

Must be troubling for US 'leadership' when they have to off some of their ISIS assets to save some of their other Islamic Jihadist assets. 

Word in the greater middle east from objective analists is the supply of mercenaries is running low and competition between various employers is growing.  First thing you know, the buggers will be forming a Union and demanding pay for overtime, health insurance, paid vacations....Double indemnity life insurance for suicide bombers..

just the tip's picture


ha ha

that's a good one.  almost forgot to laugh.

look at what they have done to middle class america.


Volkodav's picture

      nothing convincing from this any actually died

      source is not to be trusted



DirkDiggler11's picture

Syrians are now accused of using Willie P ? Nigger Pleeaaassseee !
Neo-cons are working overtime this weekend.

HowdyDoody's picture

The warheads have funny weird text on them. When I plugged it into Google translate, it said 'Made in Tel Aviv'.


Archive_file's picture

"White phosphorous?" Look, a squirrel!!

TeethVillage88s's picture

Zerohedge may not know how they are being attacked... best example is stated rape and impregnancy of European Women,... Right?

- Best Example US Radio & TV, Cable Networks
- But Culture of Jihad... includes marriage & Rape of women & Daughters... Your kids
- Cultures of US Christian Purity also play a part when you demand your daughter marry the man that rapped her or had sex with her... ruined her
- You rape a young girl, you marry her... is not hard core in the modern age... it is not sufficient counter defense against Islamic Rapist, Either
- Problem: Islamic Terror kills our people... Our Daughters marry Islamist... Our children are now Islamist... Islamist are not caring for kids, wives, liberty, freedom, self determination, civil rights, civil liberties, human rights, human liberties, individual rights, individual liberties, secure voting, ... Self Actualization... ability to test the world by living free and getting involved with all kinds of behavior... 99% of you will not know what I mean... we have the right to make mistakes.... the right to falter and live on the wrong side of the tracks

MsCreant's picture

A woman who is raped is not "ruined." She is raped. Not more. Certainly not less. She needs to get through the trauma and get a sense of control back into her life. But she is not "ruined." Fuck that. That is giving a rapist waaaay too much power. Give him nothing. His nasty little dick means nothing in this world.

Something else may evolve out of all this, women who refuse to take shit. Guns are the great equalizer. I don't need an abortion, I need to perform an execution, or certainly get some justice so that I don't live in fear constantly. I need to defend myself. I need to teach the young women around me to fend for themselves because we were sold a bill of goods when we were told that we would be protected by men. We may want it to be that way, but it just can't happen in the world that is rising up around us. 

Women are educated now. We will not just whimper off quietly into the night. This is dialectical evolution. You Muslim the fuck out of my society, I don't go back to the stone age, I respond and evolve.

Edit: I did not mark your post down.


HRClinton's picture

In the rather unlikely event that were to happen to me, I'd pretend to enjoy it. And then kill him later. 

It's not as though we women have never pretended, or thought of someone else. Guys, it happens far more often than you realize. Sorry. 

cherry picker's picture

I am not a woman, so it is difficult for me to identify with rape, but I can imagine it is a violation few people can identify with.

Any state or religion which reduces a woman to second class status and subordinate to men is sick.

I am married.  Would never consider taking my wife by force or anyone else.

I realize it happens more often than not.  The system doesn't help much either.

Yet there are men who will take on the risk and defend a woman from rapists.  I know this for a fact.

You are wise in preparing yourself and others in case.  There are animals around us and sometimes the worst ones are the ones you would least expect.

crossroaddemon's picture

I've never understood WHY anyone would commit a rape... do you really find it that hard to get pussy?

DeathMerchant's picture

It has to do with the inability to take "fuck you, no way" for an answer.

crossroaddemon's picture

Get some fucking game, and you'll get told yes enough that the nos won't bother you.

WillyGroper's picture

rape is not exclusive to the feminine.

we've all seen the aftermath of these party's here...destructive.