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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Thinkpad's picture

Russia is defending Assad because he is pro Russian in the ME a place where Putin has few friends but he's working on changing that don't think he'll succeed.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


The real question is why the fuck is anybody defending Assad...The guys father was a killer and he's some nice guy...bullshit

...said the MSM believer.

The Wedge's picture

No one that I know of is making the case that Assad is a good person. There are a lot of shit heads around the world. Does that mean we should attack upwards of 50 countries because they have dictators? If not, how would you choose which ones we attack? Business interests? HAHAHA Randomly?

Truth...Assad stands in the way of many interested parties. Money, regional power, money and more money. And did I mention money?

Now the MIC has manipulated Trump into a corner, with the very, very obvious false flag chemical attack, had he not made some kind of move he would have been crucified in western media, so he capitulated. Momentum is growing for war and those cheering for it are really stupid as you are happily doing the bidding of the most immoral people on the planet. Good job buddy.

Benito_Camela's picture

Seriously, and I cannot emphasize this strongly enough, you're not only totally missing the point, but you're a perfect illustration of an NWO brainwashed rube. Nobody is "defending" Assad. That you interpret someone taking a skeptical mindset to the prefabricated talking points and rush to judgment on behalf of the U.S. and NATO is a huge part of the problem in this country.  His enemies have chemical weapons and have used them too, although I'm sure your trusted Fox News and Drudge Report (or CNN and the like if you're a liberal) outlets have never told you as much. 

Even if Assad is evil incarnate (and the same case can be made against the U.S. in the aggregate), why is it my fucking business to fund and train his opposition and risk WWIII with Russia as well as support ISIS and other headchoppers - especially without all the information and knowing that the concept of "blowback" is already well proven? 

Good fucking God. You want to fight Assad on the American dime? Go join Al Nusra or Al Qaeda and leave us the fuck out of it. 

SHADEWELL's picture

How about they are testing Trump, and thought they could shame him like they did with that cunt obama who backed down off his red line because he has a gash between his legs

Might have worked with the Kenyan but Trump aint playin dat shit, because unlike cunt=bama  Trump has a sack 


SHADEWELL's picture

How about they are testing Trump, and thought they could shame him like they did with that cunt obama who backed down off his red line because he has a gash between his legs

Might have worked with the Kenyan but Trump aint playin dat shit, because unlike cunt=bama  Trump has a sack 


Robert Trip's picture

The Trip Compound is on full alert.

Grandpa has the AR50 on the roof surrounded by camo and sandbags ready to give any motherfucker even thinking of coming around from a 1000 yards out a heads up.

Pa has the MG42 full auto on the ground floor just in case the assholes want to risk it and keep on closing.

And the women folk have semi-auto scatterguns for the close up action.

Me. I've got 2 9mm semi auto pistols with 15 magazines as backup just to pump the swine full of lead on the way to meet my maker.

Grandpa says, "it's better to die like wolfhound than to live like a fucking sheep."

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Grandpa says, "it's better to die like wolfhound than to live like a fucking sheep."

Your grandpa fucked sheep? Explains a lot.

crossroaddemon's picture

The chick I was with last night had so much bush I almost mistook her for a sheep...

Ladies, bare floor is infinitely superior to carpet. Every time.

Benito_Camela's picture

You sound like a millennial. 

crossroaddemon's picture

I'm 43. And I still prefer shaven to hairy.

DeathMerchant's picture

In that case, shaving your unit and balls seems only fair.

MuffDiver69's picture

This article is possibly the least informed load of shit I've read in years...Goes something like: I gotta stick to my narrative Assad is some fucking hero so here's my spin on phosphorus...and ...oh shit...I can't read a map and figure out ISIS is in the area we are staging....load of crap..

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


This article is possibly the least informed load of shit I've read in years...Goes something like: I gotta stick to my narrative Assad is some fucking hero so here's my spin on phosphorus...and ...oh shit...I can't read a map and figure out ISIS is in the area we are staging....load of crap..

Go back to fellating Dan Rather, ye MSM faithful.

kuwa mzuri's picture

Have been wondering about the White Helmets, who provided the footage of the gassed children, but some say they may be the atrocity-doers, posing as "white hats."

"Helmet" in English ordinal gematria = 63, or three sixes, 666.  Also, sounds like Hell- met.

Now, we have "white phosphorus" in latest Syrian news.  From Wiki:

"The first form of elemental phosphorus to be produced (white phosphorus, in 1669) emits a faint glow when exposed to oxygen – hence the name, taken from Greek mythology, meaning "light-bearer" (Latin Lucifer), referring to the "Morning Star", the planet Venus (or Mercury)..."

Organic sources of phosphorus are primarily of scat, bats, and death:  urine, bone ash, and guano.  Phosphorus used to be used on matches, before its toxicity to cigarette smokers and arsonists became objectionable.

Phosphorus' periodic symbol is P, which is the 16th letter, and its atomic number is 15, which gives us a (1x6) and (1+5) 66.  Or, 6/15 and (1+6) 7/ 15 could be upcoming dates to keep in mind for a major escalation of the war we started with the Tomahawk missiles fired, the other day, on the anniversary of America's entry into The Great War, WWI.

Meanwhile, "white" is often used to indicate light (in satanic oppo-speak, dark illumination), high incandescence, extreme heat, big fury, or being drained of blood.

thatsnotgood's picture

There are no sides in this war just death and destruction. The winner will be chaos. To allow the U.S to get itself dragged into this shows how nieve Trump is.He feels vindicated and is so shallow, he will do anything for a complement from the media. In the footage I saw it was babies and men who suffered, not too many women, not allowed to die on t.v. The Muslim world and the western world are not compatible and are polar opposites, and to keep involving the u.s in foreign wars only makes things far worse.The u.s has made this error over and over and over: Trump, Obama, bush,clinton, bush, reagon the list goes on. same old story different country.These wars are not Americas doing, but the intervention has never fixed anything, 

frank further's picture

Dear Mr Trump:

In case you have not heard, neither the Russkies nor the Muzzies give the least shit about human life.  Your stupid threats and even more stupid thumbs-up for sailors who merely pushed a few buttons reminds me of the last cowboy in the WH.  How did his hubris work out?

Why have you ignored the 3 last stupid presidents who were not aware about those who do not care about human life and went on sojourns to waste our blood and treasure for naught.

PLease abandon your stupid shit, call the ships and soldiers back home and DEFEND YOUR citizens while getting back to thinking about those who voted for you.

Save your presidency, while there's still a chance.

qdone's picture

no a chance . he's last potus.

Paul Morphy's picture

Totally eviscerate ISIS from this planet.


This needs to be done urgently.

exartizo's picture it just me or does it seem like just any one of these situations around the world simply needs to blow up to cause some serious shit to hit the fan?

acetinker's picture

Couple months ago, a boil developed on my sphincter.  Yeah, that one.

Anyway, it caused me great discomfort and I was tempted to excise it.

But I didn't.

One fine evening, as I was browsing The Hedge- it erupted.

The relief was immediate and obvious.

The only casualty was an innocent tidy-whitey.

This, in and of itself was an unfortunate side effect- but it was an asset I could easily afford to lose.

So, in this vein, I challenge my cohort to compare and contrast my personal dilemma to current affairs.

It appears, to me at least, to be a valid request.

NDXTrader's picture

I read through all of these posts expecting to see an update that the US had announced shock and awe and an invasionary force. Nope, we've still just thrown some fireworks at deserted sheds (because we gave warning). That fireworks show served all sorts of purposes for Trump, none of which really involve Assad, the Russians or the battlefield in Syria

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

White phosphorous explodes in the sky and rains down.  It doesn't explode from the ground up as it's doing in the first video.

As for the second video, I don't know what that's supposed to be, but what ever it is, it's clearly obvious it wasn't dropped from the sky.

It's ridiculously obvious that both fires/explosions were staged and both started on the ground.

And of course each video has the infamous "aloha akbar" chants coming from that infamous "reputable" bunch of upstanding citizens.


Yars Revenge's picture

The first casualty of war is the truth.


francis scott falseflag's picture

           Truth has been a-mouldering in its grave in Syria


           as long as John Brown's body was a-mouldering at Harper's Ferry  



navy62802's picture

Whatever. Only falsehoods are coming out of Syria. It is all deception. Classic Arab and American style. We have no clue what the fuck is going on over there.

Benito_Camela's picture

So what? Multi-million $$ cruise missiles don't care what's actually going on while they're busy hitting the target 46% of the time. 

smacker's picture

Tyler: "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.)))"


Officially yes, but not in reality as many here on ZH have suspected and observed.

US military attacks on ISIS have been less than half-hearted at this for over 12 months.

All the heavy lifting to rid Syria of terrorists has been carried out by Russia.

Ms No's picture

This is some scary shit.  They have no apparent respect for Russia's 'red lines'.  They obviously want this war.  They might kick it off with China/North Korea at the same time.  China could join in if Russia gets into trouble because they might not be able to stand alone.  This could go so bad in so many directions.  We don't really know how much Russia can endure either.  Last time they pulled a boom and bust in oil, in combination with ME conflict, Russia fell to their knees.  I am sure they learned from that but they have to be hurting and it's soon to get worse.

It's so sad that Trump the traitor made everybody think that he wasn't a demonic bank teabagger.  The betrayal and treachery isn't that surprising but just horrendous.  What he did is worse than even Hillary.  Nobody ever put their faith and hope in her.  If there is a hell I sure feel sorry for that SOB.

Al Jazeera is obviously also MSM compromised.  They used to be pretty good on reporting the US shenanigans and now they are operating as cover for US/Israeli/SA false flags.

I wonder how many US troops and US ISIS fighters are on Syria's border.  We could be looking at an invasion for all we know. 


Volkodav's picture

     AlJazeera is new ownership

geo_w's picture

you need to change your panties.

SmallerGovNow2's picture

you're the one shiting in yours...

MsCreant's picture

Of course it is. 11 weeks, 4 hours. 

silverer's picture

White phosphorus is cheap and readily available for the terrorists, I'm sure. You could even buy it in the states in the early 1960's. Nasty, slow healing burns if you get it on your skin. It has an ignition temperature of about 96F, so it just keeps burning if it gets on something warm. Smoke is toxic, but most people would have a chance to leave the area to get to clearer air. It's bad if it's really concentrated and you have no place to move to where the air is better. Not as bad as nerve gas, just a nasty old chemical kids shouldn't play with. Kids like John McCain.

SmallerGovNow2's picture

I wish McStain would play with it...

redc1c4's picture

the videos are bullshit, and so is this article.

the predictable "it's the JOOOOS" rants from the basement brigade are as tired as they are insane.

Benito_Camela's picture

Did a word search for "jooos", "joos", "Jews" and "kikes" and only had one hit. What is your point again? 

pluto the dog's picture


besnook's picture

there is another party in the mideast known to use phosphorous bombs regularly.....

Benito_Camela's picture

Somebody even made a video game about that "party".



lakecity55's picture

I was hoping the Russian Air Force had found a gaggle of Daesh operators and dumped WP on them. The virgins won't like that burn smell!


noless's picture

May the berzerker fall on the doorsteps of valhalla.



sirsmokum's picture

Hey Assad,


Benito_Camela's picture

Did somebody say yellowcake? Did I hear aluminum tubes? 

Umh's picture

Wiley Peters can snake in anywhere,

lakecity55's picture

Yes, Assad is importing yellowcake from Hitlary's stash! We must go to War!

He may have WMDs! Anthrax! Where is Colin Powell??