Everything You're Not Being Told About The US War Against ISIS In Syria

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Darius Shatahmasebi via TheAntiMedia.org,

It’s time to have a sane discussion regarding what is going on in Syria. Things have escalated exponentially over the past month or so, and they continue to escalate. The U.S. just shot down yet another Iranian-made drone within Syrian territory on Tuesday, even as authorities insist they “do not seek conflict with any party in Syria other than ISIS.”

Col. Ryan Dillon, chief U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, seemed to indicate that the coalition would avoid escalating the conflict following Russia’s warning that it will now treat American aircraft as potential targets. He stated:

“As a result of recent encounters involving pro-Syrian regime and Russian forces, we have taken prudent measures to reposition aircraft over Syria so as to continue targeting ISIS forces while ensuring the safety of our aircrews given known threats in the battlespace.”

So what is really going on in Syria? Is the U.S. actually seeking an all-out confrontation with Syria, Iran, and Russia?

The first thing to note is that a policy switch under the Trump administration has seen the U.S. rely heavily on Kurdish fighters on the ground as opposed to the radical Gulf-state backed Islamist rebels, which the U.S. and its allies had been using in their proxy war for over half a decade. Even the Obama administration designated the Kurds the most effective fighting force against ISIS and partnered with them from time to time, but Turkey’s decision to directly strike these fighters complicates the matter to this day.

Further muddling the situation is the fact that the U.S. wants the Kurds to claim key Syrian cities after ISIS is defeated, including Raqqa. However, the reason this complicates matters is that, as Joshua Landis, head of the Middle Eastern Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma explains, the Kurds have “no money” nor do they have an air force.

“[T]hey’ll be entirely dependent on the US Air Force from now to eternity, and the United States will be stuck in a quagmire, defending a new Kurdish state that America had partnered with to defeat [ISIL],” Landis said, as reported by Quartz.

So what has the U.S. proposed as a solution to this perpetual dilemma? To put it simply, the U.S. is not only training the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to retain the vitally strategic border crossing area of al-Tanf, which, if owned and operated by the Syrian government, could link Iran to Syria, Iraq, and right through to Hezbollah in Lebanon (incidentally, al-Tanf is the latest instance of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian-made drone took place). The U.S. is now also backing these Kurdish fighters to retake an area known as Deir ez-Zor.

The Syrian government retains an isolated outpost at Deir ez-Zor, and the region is almost completely encircled by ISIS fighters. Just last week, a video emerged of convoys of ISIS fighters fleeing the war in Raqqa unscathed. Anti-Media speculated that these fighters were most likely headed towards Deir ez-Zor as they have done in the past, and this area is now widely regarded to be the scene of ISIS’ last stand in Syria.

The U.S. needs a strong ISIS presence in Deir ez-Zor to justify an offensive to retake the city, especially considering the fact that Syrian government troops are already present there. This is why the U.S. delivered airstrikes to stop government forces from repelling ISIS fighters in an air raid in September of last year that reportedly lasted well over an hour and killed over 60 government troops.

Deir ez-Zor is immensely important because it is home to Syria’s largest oil fields. As Quartz explains, according to Landis, America’s strategy is “for the Kurdish forces to take Deir al-Zour, the major regional city and the hub for its oil fields. That way, the Kurds would be able to afford to buy airplanes from the US, rather than require Washington to give them for free.

As Iranian-backed militiamen — supported by Iranian-made drones — amass upon a U.S. training base in al-Tanf, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Syrian government and its allies will not want to cede strategic territory to the U.S. without a fight. At the very least, Iran intends to encircle al-Tanf and cut the U.S. off from the rest of Syria, rendering the base useless for America’s goals in the country.

However, Deir ez-Zor is where things could potentially get more heated than they already are between the U.S. and the pro-Assad alliance in al-Tanf and Raqqa.

Russia, a staunch ally of Iran and Syria, is already bombing the areas around Deir ez-Zor in full preparation for this battle. According to the Independent, Russia just claimed it killed around 180 ISIS militants and two prominent commanders, Abu Omar al-Belijiki and Abu Yassin al-Masri, very close to ISIS’ stronghold in Deir ez-Zor.

Iran launched a mid-range ballistic missile attack on a position in Deir ez-Zor over the weekend, as well. According to Military Times, Iranian officials said the purpose of the strike was to send a message to the United States and Saudi Arabia and have warned of more strikes to come, with former Guard chief Gen. Mohsen Rezai — an Iranian politician — stating “[t]he bigger slap is yet to come.

Landis believes these recent escalations only mark a “gnashing of teeth and growling” between the Russians and the Americans and that both powers are merely working out where the new boundaries will fall between American-backed forces and Syrian government forces.

But there is a crucial difference between the Russian-led campaigns and the American-led campaigns within Syria: Russia was invited by the Syrian government and is not clearly not attempting to invade Syria in the traditional sense of the word, as they are relying on local troops to retake the territory that still belongs to the Syrian government. In contrast, the United States has invaded Syrian territory without authorization from Congress or the international community and has partnered with incredibly controversial militias on the ground to claim Syrian territory, further partitioning the country and over-complicating an already convoluted battle arena.

And what will happen if Syria decides that the oil-hub area of Deir ez-Zor is too important to allow the U.S.-backed forces to take it away from them? The fact that Russia and Iran are already bombing this area speaks volumes as to its strategic value, and it seems increasingly unlikely that the pro-Assad alliance will give up the location freely.

Further, having complete control of Deir ez-Zor without opening up the al-Tanf border to Syrian government control would make the liberation of Deir ez-Zor almost meaningless to Syria and its allies, as Deir ez-Zor would be cut off from the rest of Syria. The two offensives go hand in hand, and this is exactly why we see the war escalating rapidly on these two fronts.

Not to mention, Syrian Member of Parliament Ammar al-Asad reportedly just told Russian state-owned Sputnik that the Syrian army will respond to America’s provocative actions by conducting “massive strikes” on positions held by American-backed militants.

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An optimist would view the recent developments in the humanitarian disaster that is the so-called Syrian revolution with the hope that the U.S., Iran, and Russia are merely muscle-flexing inside Syria in an attempt to control as much of the country as realistically possible following the downfall of ISIS – and will eventually settle amicably on a drawing of Syria’s new boundaries.

A pessimist might not be so hopeful, as Iran and China held naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz just days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson admitted the U.S. is officially targeting Iran for a regime change operation.

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LaDanza's picture

Destroy Iraq , destroy libya, take over egypt, create ISIS and 10 other terrorist organization, destroy syria, now on to the rest of Israel's enemies only Iran and Hezballah left and they're good to go..

MasterControl's picture

Honestly if people like you are correct and this is the (((Jooooos))) ridding the ME of islamic countries and ISI(L)(S) is just the (((MOSSAD))) in costumes than I am totally for it.  Rid the world of islam.  But you aren't.

hestroy's picture

Shalom, shalom, my Khazarian friend. Now you can go back to suck some goyim blood.

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hestroy's picture

Yes, yes, now go to fuck your goat again.

OpTwoMistic's picture

Why does the US have a "position" in Syria at all??

Never invited.  NO busines there.  These are not US troops.  I suspect english is a second language for most. 

Crash Overide's picture

The US military is an invading force in Syria. 



AG17's picture

How difficult is for US to back off? 

yogibear's picture

McCain, Graham, McConnel, Kagel  and others dream of WWIII to make their sponsors money.

They'll hide in their bunkers while the rest of us get wiped out.

Dave's picture

Then what? You gotta come out sometime.

mo mule's picture


The war has started, Russia has lots of S300 and S400  How many planes and pilots is the US willing to lose before we back off? Or is total annihilation the only answer? It appears that Russia has had their bucket full.  They will not back down, the USA does not and will not rule the world.   

Big Twinkie's picture

When can we stop pretending that we're fighting ISIS?

Ace006's picture

Those 100-car ISIS convoys are invisible to US radar. Otherwise they'd be attacked.

Trust me. I know what I'm talking about.

The Mythical Black Jew's picture

Its a new white stealth technology... applied to Hiluxes...

hestroy's picture

This is irony, right?

BarkingCat's picture

And why are they not bombed by Russia?

Ace006's picture

Apparently, it's HUGELY important for the US to be involved in Syria. Why has never even been hinted at by either Obongo or Trump. Complete mystery.

I infer from the US testiness about al-Tanf that keeping the "Shia Crescent" as short as possible is something I should lie awake at night about. Oh, no! Not that!

Bush '43 was all out in the open about Iraq's WMDs. WMDs! WMDs! But when that claim wasn't a slam dunk the sacred US mission became "nation building." Only that wasn't trumpeted about. Another @#$& secret mission like now in Syria.

Obviously Assad and peace are the best options for Syria. Obviously. But the Double Secret, Sacred US Mission is to partition Syria regardless if cost.

What gives the US the right to promote any of this is another @#$&+ secret. People are dying because of this. 

AG17's picture

Its high time Trump needs to get congressional approval to continue in Syria. 

hestroy's picture

Stop this fucking US imperialism. You do a dirty work for joos from IsraHell.

when the saxon began's picture

uh... have you noticed congress complaining?  They are all bought off as well.  Now shut up, get back to work, and pay your taxes!

gramps's picture

Unbelievable. You think Turkey is going to allow the Kurds a country much less an Air Force? You think Iran Russia and China are going to allow the US and the coalition of Sunni head choppers to chop the Shia crescent in half. If the information in this article is half true WWIII is already on. Regime change in Iran? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.

Bingo Hammer's picture

You aren't but the people running the Pentagon are (by the boat load)

Relentless's picture

I fairly willing to bet that the analysts at the DoD are pointing out all the flaws, the problem is that they aren't calling the shots

Bingo Hammer's picture

I'd say that's a pretty astute assessment of the situation. The Pentagon will throw everything its' got at it but with the presence of Russia, China and Iran, the weight of international law weighing heavily against it and the now stretched depleted and as reported by so many military specialists sub optimal performance of the US armed forces, I suspect the US will have to capitulate or use the Sampson option 

AlexCharting's picture

Israel should accept ALLOT more muslim refugees. 

CuttingEdge's picture

For the IDF to use as target practice any time they get a hard-on?

Probably not a good idea.

Blanco Diablo's picture

Just try to imagine this: you are flying, in total illegality, over hostile territory and preparing to strike a target when suddenly your radar warning receiver goes off and tells you “you got 30 seconds or (much?) less to decide whether there is a 300lbs (150kg) warhead coming at you at 4000mph (6400kmh) or not”. How would you feel if it was you sitting in that cockpit? Would you still be thinking about executing your planned attack?

So what the Russians did is to greatly unnerve the US crews without actually having to shoot down anybody. It is not a coincidence that the Americans almost immediately stop flying West of the Euphrates river.

It cannot be overemphasized that the very last thing Russia needs is to shoot down a US aircraft over Syria which is exactly what some elements of the Pentagon seem to want. Not only is Russia the weaker side in this conflict, but the Russians also understand the wider political consequences of what would happen if they took the dramatic step to shoot down a US aircraft: a dream come true for the Neocons and a disaster for everybody else.

Bingo Hammer's picture

Perhaps, but it will mean the absolute end of US hegemony from which those Neocons have made and continue to rake in billions from ie no more warm body for these parasites to suck from....so, should they push Russia and China into it then THEY will end along with the rest of us...those deep tunnels and hideaways won't mean shit if this goes down.....and that includes everyone in that little country in the Middle East too

GreatUncle's picture

When you look at globalist neocons, think like they think and then you will realise their modus operandi, so you have a situation like Syria ...

1.) To escalate the war out of control you lose power - loss.

2.) To retreat is also to lose power - loss unless you intend to do it again and really it is 3.)

3.) So you do not rock the boat, stay alive and then you will be back next year to try again - that's the win.

That is how they have played the whole global political game never going all in that's a loss just like retreating. So all those who think "YOU WON" the last 12 months ... nope was only a globalist battle like in BREXIT they now look to remove it and they will get rid of Trump also that's the 3.)

You want to stop them? How do you negotiate with such a beast? You don't you must kill it and all its forms to stop it anything less is 3.)

The US constitution will one day be finally felled by these globalist beasts and like ALL other free peoples around the world and you will be rendered a slave it is inevitable under such a situation that you might prefer WW3 and a loss to them in the end.

GreatUncle's picture

Trump has underestimated that if he does act then it is 3.) ... and the inveitable consequence.

I wonder if this is how other ancient civilisations fell? Failing to recognise the 3.) until it is too late.

LA_Goldbug's picture

"The US constitution will one day be finally felled by these globalist beasts"

I think they have reached their objective on this one.

Consider this,
"One thing, however, my masters taught me, and that was to go behind the pages of history written by my contemporaries and read “the sources.” In applying this method, I read the letters, papers, and documents pertaining to the constitution written by the men who took part in framing and adopting it. And to my surprise I found that many Fathers of the Republic regarded the conflict of the Constitution as springing essentially out of conflicts of economic interests, which had a certain geographical or sectional distribution. This discovery, coming at a time when such conceptions of history were neglected by writers on history, gave me “the shock of my life.” And since this aspect of the Constitution had been so long disregarded, I sought to redress the balance by emphasis, “naturally” perhaps. At [begin page viii] all events I called my volume “an economic interpretation of the Constitution.” I did not call it “the” economic interpretation, or “the only” interpretation possible to thought. Nor did I pretend that it was “the history” of the formation and adoption of the Constitution. The reader was warned in advance of the theory and the emphasis. No attempt was made to take him off his guard by some plausible formula of completeness and comprehensiveness. I simply sought to bring back into the mental picture of the Constitution those realistic features of economic conflict,stress, and strain, which my masters had, for some reason, left out of it, or thrust far into the background as incidental rather than fundamental."
from Beard Charles - "An Economic Interpretation of US Constitution"

HK's picture

I have often thought that the middle east will be the tinderbox to ignite WWIII.  I go to this site daily, along with ZH, to get an intelligent, honest view of what is happening in the middle east:


Just so you know it's legitimate, it made WaPo's list of fake news sites.


LA_Goldbug's picture

The US is "slicing salami" in Syria. Putin is playing chess in Syria. We will find out soon who is playing the smarter game because the move of US missile from Jordan to East Syria (sovereign state) is an undeclared act of war. But in this Orwellian World a Lie is Truth.

Joe A's picture

That all fits into ISIS narrative of causing Armageddon and the Apocalypse as prophesied in al-Malhama al-Kubra.

headfake's picture

''and will eventually settle amicably on a drawing of Syria’s new boundaries.''

How under international law can this be in any way legal. Is the policy now just take what you want because you can?

Bingo Hammer's picture

hm I seem to recall a quaint old saying that "might is right" the Pentagon war machine has more guns, boats, bombs, sigint than anyone = "yeh fuck you we can do whatever shit we like on this planet because we own it" aha got it....perhaps thst was true 20yrs ago but the fat shit fuckwit that the US has now become is a joke that dares not get into a street fight with Russia, China and Iran - the top dog once beaten is then dead forever

Ace006's picture

So it would seem. Who invited the US to this sovereign nation to divide it up according to our particular pipe dream?

The arrogance is staggering.

Some clever commenter observed somewhere that when the US starts refering to your government as a "regime" that's when you know international law no longer applies and the US can do whatever it wants to your country. 

Syrian "regime" ergo bombs away, suckas.

landauer's picture

Twas ever thus. Christians were able to justify murder and theft with notions of Manifest Destiny and the like. Then a new breed of Christian arose who lived by commandments and questioned war, slavery and exploitation. The new breed brought true civilisation and opportunity to all. But the imperialist elites found a way to crush it. Hence the modern brutalist mindset of the evolutionary atheist - might is right.

Blanco Diablo's picture

The Kurds appear to have the mentality of the Ukies. ZOG will dump them and let Erdogan proceed with the ethnic cleansing of them.

LA_Goldbug's picture

They don't have a good internet connection and time to read ZH !!! Information is POWER !!! Power to save your ass when your played for a sucker.


just the tip's picture

the only friends the kurds have are the mountains.

WTFUD's picture

Russia and Iran should give Israel to the Kurds and partition/annex Saudi. Simples!

SoDamnMad's picture

The UU is using the Kurds like we used the Montagnards in VietNam. Love em and leave em.

This is why Denmark pulled their F-16s from Syria.

Denmark was one of the coalition countries involved in an errant coalition airstrike which mistook Syrian soldiers in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor for ISIS militants and subsequently bombed them, killing at least 62 of them on September 17. They mistook because we told them they were ISIS when we knew it was Syrian forces fighting ISIS.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Great wisdom in those words of TRUTH !!!

LA_Goldbug's picture

"Col. Ryan Dillon, chief U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, seemed to indicate that the coalition would avoid escalating the conflict following Russia’s warning that it will now treat American aircraft as potential targets."

Ah of course !!! The colonel is hiding in that HUGE monstrous Control Center which was needed for this phase of the "Colonial Wars in the Middle East".


Lore's picture

So once again, the psychopaths are poking around where they have no business, making trouble and getting a lot of people killed. 

And the American people who send their young men and women to carry out this shit wonder why they're hated.