Video Emerges Of US Allowing ISIS Fighters To Escape Safely In Syria

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Authored by Darius Shahtamasebi via,

With numerous distractions unfolding on the newly released reality TV show that is “Keeping Up with the Trump Administration,” it may surprise readers to learn that the U.S. is using the terror group ISIS as a pawn in its depraved foreign policy.

Video footage obtained by Al-Masdar appears to show convoys of ISIS fighters fleeing the Syrian city of Raqqa untouched by the U.S. military, which is currently bombing that exact location. As Al-Masdar notes, despite having Kurdish and American drones hovering around the city of Raqqa, U.S. bombs are nowhere to be seen as hundreds of fighters pass safely. The release of this footage comes on the heels of accusations from both Russia and Iran that the U.S. is colluding with ISIS to allow the group’s safe passage into areas controlled by the Syrian government.

Iran claims to have direct proof but thus far has not released it. Even if Russia and Iran don’t have any secret documents that directly expose this collusion, the fact remains that we don’t necessarily need them.

After all, this is exactly how ISIS grew exponentially in Syria in the first instance – as a direct result of U.S. foreign policy strategy. In 2012, a classified Defense Intelligence Agency report predicted the rise of ISIS, something actively encouraged by the U.S. establishment. The report stated:

“If the situation unravels, there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria… and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”

Further, leaked audio of former Secretary of State John Kerry shows he knew ISIS was gaining momentum in Syria, and that in turn, the U.S. hoped this would bring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the negotiating table.

In recent times, the safe passage of ISIS fighters to areas under the control of the Syrian government has been an unspoken but official strategy and has been the reality on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

Late last year, Anti-Media reported on an anonymous military-diplomatic official’s claims that the United States was allowing safe passage to Syria for ISIS fighters exiting Mosul, Iraq – even though the U.S. was supposedly waging an offensive to defeat ISIS in the area. As we noted, acknowledging the admittedly undesirable, questionable nature of the anonymous source:

An anonymous source claiming to a Russian newspaper something as conspiratorial as the U.S. directly aiding ISIS militants may seem a bit dubious, but since the offensive was launched on Monday of this week, this has been the reality on the ground.


According to Army Lieutenant General Talib Shaghati, as reported by anti-Russian newspaper, the Guardian, ISIS militants are already fleeing Mosul to Syria. This was further confirmed by the Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, who said that if ISIS were forced out of Mosul, they would likely go on to Syria.”

Not long after, ISIS launched an offensive into a very strategic area in Syria called Deir ez-Zor, battling through Syrian government defenses. The most horrifying part of this offensive was the fact that, asnoted by the Guardian, the ISIS fighters who successfully broke through government defense lines in Syria were “primarily reinforcements coming over the border from Iraq’s Anbar province.”

Deir ez-Zor is not outside the U.S. military’s strike range capacity. This is the same city that was attacked by the American-led coalition in September of last year – an attack that targeted Syrian troops for over an hour, paving the way for a timely ISIS offensive. Yet when it comes to hundreds of reinforcements raging through the Iraqi border into Syria, the U.S. military is on a brief vacation.

We were told Raqqa was to be ISIS’ last stronghold in Syria, but this is clearly not true. In order for the U.S. to ultimately put pressure on the Syrian government, the real prize is not Raqqa but a combination of two very strategic locations that are very heavily interlinked.

As explained by Gulf News:

“There, a complex confrontation is unfolding, with far more geopolitical import and risk. Daesh [ISIS] is expected to make its last stand not in Raqqa but in an area that encompasses the borders with Iraq and Jordan and much of Syria’s modest oil reserves, making it important in stabilising Syria and influencing its neighbouring countries.


“Whoever lays claim to the sparsely populated area in this 21st-century version of the Great Game not only will take credit for seizing what is likely to be Daesh’s last patch of a territorial caliphate in Syria, but also will play an important role in determining Syria’s future and the post-war dynamics of the region.”

And this is ultimately the problem for the U.S.-led coalition of anti-Assad (and anti-Iranian) nations. The behind-closed-doors official rationale for targeting Syria’s government for regime change was to undermine Iranian influence in the region, according to Hillary Clinton’s email archive. Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and the other Gulf States have long feared that a fully dominated Shia-led bloc of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon could completely overthrow the regional balance of power. They have opposed such a development at all costs.

As Gulf News explains, the Iranians are in the process of fully implementing this Shia bridge, known as the “Shia Crescent”:

“The contested area also includes desert regions farther south with several border crossings, among them the critical highway connecting Damascus and Baghdad — coveted by Iran as a land route to Lebanon and its ally, the Hezbollah militia.

This is why the U.S. military has set up a training base at the Aal-Tanf border crossing. If the Syrian government were to retake the area and open it up under its control, they would be able to directly link Iran to Syria and the rest of its allies, including Iraq and Lebanon.

This is also why the U.S. military has been engaging in illegal acts of aggression against Iranian-backed militias operating in the area — to defend this position.

Further, the Syrian government’s outpost in Deir ez-Zor is isolated, hence why these two offensives are running in tandem. They both rely on the liberation of the other to have any real value to the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies.

As fascinating as the Comey testimony spectacle has been (don’t forget to tune in for tomorrow’s scandal of anonymous leaks and misspelled tweets), the real scandal lies in the fact that the U.S. is nowopenly siding with ISIS while allowing the terrorists safe passage into parts of Syria so that these extremists can battle a secular government. The U.S. is moments away from an all-out confrontation with Iran (and Russia, a nuclear power).

Don’t expect the corporate media to report on these damning facts anytime soon, as the public continues to sleepwalk into a global powder keg of deceit, death, and destruction.

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Nightjar's picture

It's a valid sun tsu tactic to always allow escape. but these fuckers should be picked off

FoggyWorld's picture

Looks just like the film clips when ISIS started their 2 day drive from Mosul to Bahgdad at the beginning.   We had a carrier right off the coast and could have used their F-18's to just go down the line to take them out.   Obama didn't do it and here we go again.   Trump won't either

jcbudmo's picture

ISIS: Islamic State, Israeli State.

jerry1800's picture

yes, muslim jihadist headcutters

Totally_Disillusioned's picture

Correction.  They're not escaping.  This is the retreat strategy of the CIA/MI6 - reposition the troops into Iraq.

Able Ape's picture

Well, naturally this convoy was not attacked by the US - it wasn't a wedding party...BTW, where does this group get its money?  I don't think they hold bake sales....

Scrimpy's picture


Stormtrooper's picture

What has happened to the Russian air force in Syria?  They put on a good show when they first got there.  They would certainly be capable of eliminating this convoy.  Did they get sidetracked by some new shipments of Vodka?  Or, have they been ordered to back off by the Rothschilds?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Eats poo from the sandbox and vomits here.

short screwed's picture

Russian Air Force doesn't operate in Iraq. They probably should.

Gravatomic's picture

The Russians are playing the long game. Their first attacks back at the end of 2015 completely changed the course of the war. They've always maintained they'll put back within hours that massive strike force again if needed.

The Syrian army are concentrating on Homs and eastern Aleppo area with the Russians right now. Probably because they'll wait to see what the US plans with these ISIS fighters. Most likely they will try at Dier Ezzor again, and the SAA is waiting for that.

amor terra's picture

They were probably out of bombs, having spent them all on schools, hospitals, and weddings.

Kat Daddy's picture


baldknobber's picture

Catch and Release is the most sensible way to maintain a stable population of fish. Some of them no doubt will grow to become trophy size. When they reach that size they can be harvested and mounted on the wall. Back clapping and ohs and ahhs will follow

Pacman7293's picture

Uh... actually that video doesn't show US military letting anyone pass. There is NO US military in that video!


Zero Hedge... I mean it's great you will print ANYTHING... but maybe you shouldn't?

Gravatomic's picture

Any ISIS movements are immediately picked up by Russian and US forces, they don't need a video to tell them that. If you didn't realize this is for public consumption. Man people like you are stubborn moron fucks.

Maestro Maestro's picture

...Because the US military is not only embedded with ISIS fighters (as in, many ISIS commanders are Americans and Israelis), the American jets, helicopters and drones are flying OVERHEAD and bombing the civilians in Raqqa to ethnically cleanse the city before the Kurdish invasion.

As you know, CIA dog,

The American military jets flying over the heads of the terrorists could exterminate those ISIS columns at will but they don't.



Pork Rind's picture

There is a top US official (a Jew) on record saying that we didn't want to bomb the ISIS supply lines, because bombing the ISIS supply lines would be harmful to the environment.

Ace006's picture

Our JSTARS aircrsft can easily pick up this kind of movement. Doesn't it steike you as strange, this US lack of interest?

Gravatomic's picture

ISIS is the virus that the US plays with dangerously. They keep kettling them back into Dier Ezzor and they've made countless attempts at getting back Palmyra while pretending to accidently bomb Syrian forces. The agenda has not changed, the facade however has fallen long ago. So, the US and House of Saud can sit back and say, it's not us casing civilian casualties, it's the Russians. And the game continues.

aloha_snakbar's picture

And they appear to be driving later model Toyota trucks; did Unle Scam get them a good fleet lease deal ?

all-priced-in's picture

They are being given free passage to Germany.








earleflorida's picture

today, i think of ISIS and al Nursa as the 'Red Terror' in Russia's Civil war as in a distinct period of tyme that changed how the worlds nefarious underbelly of totalitarianism was never meant to be visable but for only its 'crushing`touch[?]' during this hyper'd`period when it[!] all came together --- 1918-19/ (Christmas Day 1991)?

the 'Red Terror' was the (brutal brainstorm of a madman) child of Lenin --- Trotsky & Stalin also vouched for its means to reach the revolutions end results of total capitulation of the bourgeois and peasantry. The 'Cheka' was its (Soviet Bolsheviks) openly [?] secret police (a state apparatus within the state, answering to no one but Lenin) that perhaps was responsible for moar deaths in Russia than those caused in the entirety of the Civil War (sound familiar?).

the civil war in syria 'belongs' to Turkey and **Qatar's own doings. Period!!!     **(& the only reason Iran's helping Qatar, is to prevent the 'Leap Frog' phenomenum effect over the 'Pars Fields' unto Isarel's most capable adversarial opponent. period!) 

[my] point being,... the *Cheka (*ISIS/Qararis/Turkey/al Nursa) acted and performed in all (manners of lunacy and depravity) types of shear imhumane matters, overdosing on brutality/ carnage towards the *Russian (*Syria) sectarian peasantry throughout the country on a largess-scale bordering barbaric 'Scorched earth' genocide. (the same class of people it was to be fighting the revolution for their freedom!)   {[*SWAP-OUT]}

the USSA got involved per usual bringing in its mercenary terrorist unit ISIS (al Nursa was home grown best of my knowledge but was functioning with al Qaeda tuteledge military expertise, perhap initiated also by USSA as a diversion of spreading out the 'whose-who' bad guys,... BS!?! (difficult to fingerprint or label affiliation of deliberate collusion?)

CONCLUSION:  TPTB here in america have hijacked democracy for their own financial benefit--- helping 'whomever'.... be it a 'redcoat or bluecoat', a 'profiteer or traitor' as equals in so far as satisfying ones own greed at the expense of the pleb's/peasantry that 'feel hopelessly for a semse of todays intangible freedom', long mine`raped from our cognitive conscious through their perverted foreign policy's over the last four decades via MSM! 

Dank fur Kopf's picture

According to a number of sources now, the Russian Airforce did in fact hit this convoy and completely destroy it. The convoy wasn't actually heading to Deir ez-Zor; but rather directly at Syrian troops south of Tabqa Military Airbase, where the SAA had recently captured an incredibly important crossroad.

If the Syrian forces progress just another 5kms south to take another strategic crossroad, they will have effectively divided ISIS forces in half.  ISIS forces in the Hama and Aleppo regions will be isolated from reinforcements and supplies, in what on the map appears as two giant bulges. It's likely that Tiger Forces (who are spearheading that particular front) will then move to turn those bulges into encirclements.

On the other major front, east of Palymra, the SAA recently captured Arak (although it's not shown on all maps yet), and successfully defended against a number of counter-attacks by ISIS. According to some sources ( for example) ISIS was devastated in the failed counter-attacks with bodies littering the desert.

earleflorida's picture

thankyou for link and update kind sir


morongobill's picture

Hope somebody lit their sorry asses up!

sinbad2's picture

These guys are just the grunts, the US flew out the brass.

onmail1's picture

America == ISIS == Terrorism
Europe == ISIS == Terrorism
Nato == ISIS == Terrorism
West+israel == ISIS == terrorism

Oillah Hu Akbar
(oil demon come out of ur grave)
when the buried shall come out of their grave
then there will be qyamat , the Judgement day
nuclear holocaust

L Bean's picture

HOLY FUCK. So this is where the Kash for Kars cars went! 

With the audio off it looks like New Mexico. 

fightapathy's picture

And Kars for Kids. Or should we sing "1,8,7,7 Kars for ISIS Kids, 1,8,7,7, Kars for ISIS Kids, Donate your car to ISIS today"

Ace006's picture

It is New Mexico. The Ninth Circuit put the kibosh on Trump's travel ban and this us what we got.

rudyspeaks's picture

Trump's campaign promise was that the M.E is NOT our concern...then his pearl-tugger daughter SHOWED HIM A PICTURE!! An ambiguous photo of a dead girl, killed who-knows-how, by who-knows-who (there was NO investigation) and he reverses course 180 degrees!! Shallow, uninformed and immature. Admit it Trumpies! You got fuc-ed! Admit it and move on. Don't end up like the Obamabots, licking their wounds and making excuses for 8 years of being screwed up their asses. He's as much a tool of the Deep State as Obama, Bush, Cheney, Clinton (both)...accept your loss, you'll feel better and be able to move on...

Ace006's picture

Upvote for the reversal of course point which is right on. However your snark detracts from your point.

Just make your point and let it sink in with your audience. My advice will piss you off initially but you'll thank me later.

Robert of Ottawa's picture

I do not believe a word (or film) of anything coming from the middle east. I certainly hope the Americans weren't stupid enough to shoot down a Syrian aircraft.

fightapathy's picture

This is what I call the "Long March" method of wearing down an enemy (Assad, that is).  Chiang Kai-shek did this in 1935: he steered Mao and his communists crazily through central China to terrorize uncooperative warlords into submitting to him. And it worked. The moment they saw 100,000 starving communists bearing down on them, they all pleaded to Chiang, "Save us, master! We shall obey!"


Same thing here.