US Preparing For Airstrikes Against ISIS In The Philippines

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Now that ISIS - the perpetual scapegoat for US intervention in the Syrian proxy war - is no longer viable, with the Qatar, Saudi-funded and Pentagon-equipped terrorist organization scattered and on the run, and there is no longer an imperative to remove Assad from power as the Qatar natgas pipeline to Europe is mothballed indefinitely while Russia and Iran are the de facto undisputed rulers of Syria, it is time to focus popular anger against ISIS elsewhere... like in the Philippines.  And not wasting any time, NBC reports that the Pentagon is considering a plan allowing the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines.

Unlike in Syria where the US arrived (and is now on its way out) to wage war against the Assad regime ISIS uninvited, the authority to strike ISIS targets as part of collective self-defense could be granted as part of an official military operation that may be named as early as Tuesday, said the anonymous officials who spoke to NBC. The strikes would likely be conducted by armed drones.

If approved, the U.S. military would be able to conduct strikes against ISIS targets in the Philippines that could be a threat to allies in the region, which would include the Philippine forces battling ISIS on the ground in the country's southern islands.

Since the U.S. military has been sharing intelligence with the Philippines for years, according to Pentagon spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis, the US drones will have no problem orienting themselves.  "We have had a consistent CT [counterterror] presence in the Philippines for fifteen years now," he said. And, like in Syria, there is already a small U.S. military presence on the ground supporting the counter-ISIS fight, called Joint Special Operations Task Force Trident. We expect the presence will get bigger.

An MQ-9 Reaper drone sits armed with Hellfire missiles and a 500-pound bomb

The news may explain the dramatic U-Turn by Philippines' outspoken president Rodrigo Duterte, whoe just two weeks ago said he would never visit the U.S. because he’s “seen America and it’s lousy."

"There will never be a time that I will go to America during my term, or even thereafter," Duterte said. "So what makes that guy think I'll go to America?" Duterte told reporters. "I've seen America and it's lousy ... it would be good for the U.S. Congress to start with their own investigation of their own violations of the so many civilians killed in the prosecution of the wars in the Middle East. Otherwise I will be forced to investigate you also. I will start with your past sins."

But that pales in comparison to Duterte's comments about former President Obama, whom he called "son of a whore" on more than one occasion and told to "go to hell."

Fast forward to today when in an abrupt reversal, Duterte said on Monday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is currently in Manilla, should consider him a "humble friend" as the two met. "I am your humble friend in Southeast Asia," Duterte said to Tillerson at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in Manila, according to the network.

On Monday Tillerson said the U.S. was providing the Philippines government with "intelligence capabilities" in the fight against ISIS, including "some recent transfers of a couple of Cessnas and a couple of UAVs (drones) to allow to them to have better information with which to conduct the fight down there."


"We're providing them some training and some guidance in terms of how to deal with an enemy that fights in ways that are not like most people have ever had to deal with, so it’s a tragic situation down there. I see no conflict at all in our helping them with that situation and our views of other human rights concerns we have with respect to how they carry out their counternarcotics activities."

As the Hill reported earlier, Tillerson and Duterte reportedly discussed their joint military efforts to combat militant fighters in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. 

Also on Monday, Tillerson dismissed the notion that working with the controversial leader would create a “big contradiction.”

“We see no conflict at all in our helping them with that situation and our views of the human rights concerns we have with respect to how they carry out their counter narcotics activities,” Tillerson said, NBC News reported.

And now the bombing can begin.

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gilhgvc's picture

se we will "accidentally" kill a bnuch of innocent filipinos and create even more terrorists?

tmosley's picture

Unlikely. The people have seen what these savages do. The only people who will join them are childless men, and they won't be seeking revenge, but rather to satisfy their bloodlust and desire to rape women and children.

HowdyDoody's picture

The Philippines military is coming close to wiping out the US-trained ISIS forces in Marawi. it looks like the USAF is coming to the rescue of their terrorists yet again. 'Ooops - we accidentally attacked the Philippines military and took out a couple of hospitals. Here's some US fiat as compensation.'


tmosley's picture

Highly doubt anything like that happens. Duterte has been friendly to Trump.

BlindMonkey's picture

Does that matter, at all?  The US war machine has been quite indiscriminate as of late.  Hell, I'm surprised they haven't bombed Chicago yet. 

gatorengineer's picture

I would support that action

auricle's picture

ISIS...ISIS everywhere. Waiting for ISIS in North Korea. Evidently when fighting ISIS, you can indiscriminately bomb and invade any country you like. 

macholatte's picture


How is it that David Brock sleeps so well and has not a second thought for his personal safety?

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EuroZone's picture

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Duc888's picture



But he did kick US Special Forces out on Mindanao about 9 months ago

peddling-fiction's picture

And is buying Russian military equipment. Is the US going to ask permission or what?

mc888's picture

They just want to position assets closer to NK and SCS

Jack Oliver's picture

Trump is completely shackled and has NO say in FUCKING anything - get a grip !!

new game's picture

commander in chief? yeah right.

another joke on merica.

what a fuking laughing stock of the world this fuked up mess has become.

disgusting. now killing in phillipines with drones.

where next?


ThirteenthFloor's picture

President as commander in chief was neutralized on 11/22/63. The whole conflict JFK had was the MIC had gone rogue. No one or nothing has been done to correct this. 9/11 is just one of many examples since.

TBT or not TBT's picture

What's your take on the moon landings?   Area  51?  

ThirteenthFloor's picture

President as commander in chief was neutralized on 11/22/63. The whole conflict JFK had was the MIC had gone rogue. No one or nothing has been done to correct this. 9/11 is just one of many examples since.

runswithscissors's picture

Big mistake asking the USA for help since CIASIS is a deep state production...Russia knows how to destroy that scum.

veritas semper vinces's picture

I don't remember anybody inviting Jewmerica to bomb them there.

Jack Oliver's picture

'Create' is not the right word - 'recruited' and trained by the CIA is more accurate !!

pachanguero's picture

As a resident of the Philippines I can tell you we need their help.  Lill them all!

samjam7's picture

If you really understood the country you'd know the US and all the crony pro US governments the Filippinos have had to endure ever since their 'de jure' independence are the cause for the current mess. Nothing more nothing less. If the country needs one thing it is less US not more. That has been true since 1898.

Asian Ronin's picture

Absolutely - 20 years of living here and looking forward to less American interference and not more...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

So when will this be happening in Germany, paying for it's Russian oil and gas in "Euros" instead of $$$ USD... As well as not "cooperating" with the NATO Mission in Syria and Ukraine?!!!

any_mouse's picture

Merkel has Germany on the shining path to glorious next Tuesday.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Not disagreeing with you one iota a_m...

I'm actually in a state of shock that the German people didn't rise up two years ago and string "GDR" Frau Angela and the rest of her party after the CIA/Mossad/MI6 turned the Jihadi(s) loose among the genuinely destitute masses fleeing Syria, Libya and Iraq for not capitulating to whims of the Zionist himself "Yankee-Jewdle"... And still "two years later" the U.S. military is going on it's 72nd birthday occupying it!!!

Shame on the Germans. I guess we fucked the confrontation our their hides after 3/4 of a Century?!!!

Truly sad when a brilliant race of European is turned into a quivering mass of "jelly" in front of the Khazar "tick"!

samjam7's picture

Germany is but a shadow of itself, the 70 odd years of war guilt indoctrination, the Hollywood propaganda, the extreme liberal policy mixed with socialist thoughts the nation had reknidled ever since WW1 has undone what took centuries to form. The nation of thinkers and writers is no more. It seems the thinking part has all but disappeared. It really is sad to see. And yes, they will re-elect her in a few weeks.

cossack55's picture

Bully (quoting Teddy Roosevelt)

Westerning over 100K more Philipino cadavers

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"Bully (quoting Teddy Roosevelt)

Westerning over 100K more Philipino cadavers"...

And turning the "fatherless bitches" into 12 year old child prostitutes to serve our "finest" in Olongapo circa 1985!

WillyGroper's picture

it's their gold mines he's after.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"it's their gold mines he's after."

Yes indeed WG

And just like "we came... we saw... he died"... that stole Gadaffi's Libya's gold from it's vaults and its $3 billion aquifers from it's people that is now owned by Nestle to sell to the North African people for a "price"!!!

RagaMuffin's picture

Thrilla  in Manilla DT style

RagaMuffin's picture

Thrilla  in Manilla DT style

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Restorative_Ally's picture



Just another excuse to justify exceptional imperialism.

boattrash's picture

Strikes against ISIS, or a cover to go after Duterte?

any_mouse's picture

You forgot Mossad.

Oh wait, maybe ISIS, Israeli Secret Intelligence Service, covered it.

veritas semper vinces's picture

And  when you know that the headquarters of ISIS are  at Langley

political_proxy's picture

must keep the MIC in business

political_proxy's picture

Coming soon to a city near you!

BrownCoat's picture

Better bomb Chicago quick before the Windy City politicians destroy it themselves.

No.51's picture

Following the recent arrests of Terrorists arrests in Sydney The Pentagon is also considering "tactical" strikes in Australia. US Generals have vowed to "Take the fight to the enemy and destroy them where they live."
There will of course be some "collateral damage" but it's for the good of us all.

Jack Oliver's picture

Our country doesn't do False Flag/ Hoaxes very well - the whole 'foiled' an attempt to bring down a plane ' is complete FUCKING bullshit !

coast1's picture

what did eisenhower talk about on his farewell address?   I have alzheimers, and cant remember.. I t was something interesting tho :-)

any_mouse's picture

Eisenhower was a cunt.

Shit, the Dulles brothers ran State and CIA under Eisenhower. Iran 1954. The CIA Dulles brother got himself placed on the Warren Commission coverup of 11/22/1963 Dallas.

Eisenhower played a lot of golf while POTUS.

Eisenhower commissioned the Holocaust propaganda film while Supreme Commander.

Eisenhower had an undistinguished Army career. He only got into the Army from USMA with a medical waiver that one lone doctor gave him after Ike was turned down by others.

Eisenhower talked up Patton's ideas about armor warfare to the high command. It blew up on Ike, because the Generals knew it came from Patton and were already not in favor. This caused a setback in his career path.

Then Eisenhower becomes Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe. Wow!

Don't forget the Holocaust! Eisen, isn't that a (((Tribe))) name?

What a great story!

Dwight's younger brother, Milton, became the first Director of the War Relocation Office, which displaced Americans of Japanese descent from Southern California real estate to internment camps in Bum Fuck, USA. Milton took 30 years to publicly state that may have not been the USA's finest hour.

Volkodav's picture

     Eisenhower was a War Criminal

     Other Losses  - James Bacque

Bludklot's picture

Operation Keelhaul comes to mind.