Russia Releases Photos Showing US Special Ops At ISIS Positions In Syria

Tyler Durden's picture

The Russian Defense Ministry has released aerial images allegedly showing ISIS, the SDF, and US special forces working side-by-side on the battlefield against Syrian and Russian forces in Dier ez-Zor, Syria.

As Adam Garrie reports, via The Duran,it has long been thought that the US proxy militia SDF is operating in collusion with ISIS in various parts of Syria. This has especially been the case in respect of Deir ez-Zor. In Deir ez-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry has previously stated that the Syrian Arab Army and their allies are fired on most intensely from positions known to be held by the SDF.

Furthermore, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov recently stated,

“SDF militants work to the same objectives as Daesh terrorists. Russian drones and intelligence have not recorded any confrontations between Daesh and the ‘third force’, SDF”.

He added that Russia will not hesitate to target SDF forces that threaten the battle field progress and personal safety of Russia’s allies, namely the Syrian Arab Army.

Other reports surfaced of US military helicopters airlifting known ISIS commanders to safety as the Syrian Arab Army made its advance on the former ISIS stronghold of Deir ez-Zor. All of this has happened as the US is moving its proxy Kurdish led SDF forces from Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor, in a move that appears to be an attempt to stop Syrian forces from liberating their own country’s legally recognised territory.

Now, the Russian Defense Ministry has released a statement followed by 12 photos showing how SDF forces work alongside US special forces in ISIS controlled areas without facing any resistance from ISIS. Furthermore, none of the US or Kurdish led forces even take defensive positions which indicate that they are cooperating with ISIS rather than engaging in a perverse truce. In other words, the SDF, US special forces and ISIS move among each other in the same manner as allies do.

The following is the statement from the Russian Defense Ministry on the matter:

#US Special Operations Forces (#SOF) units enable US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (#SDF) units to smoothly advance through the ISIS formations.


Facing no resistance of the ISIS militants, the #SDF units are advancing along the left shore of the #Euphrates towards #Deir_ez_Zor.


The aerial photos made on September 8-12 over the ISIS locations recorded a large number of American #Hummer vehicles, which are in service with the #America‘s #SOF.


The shots clearly show the US SOF units located at strongholds that had been equipped by the ISIS terrorists. Though there is no evidence of assault, struggle or any US-led coalition airstrikes to drive out the militants.


Despite that the US strongholds being located in the ISIS areas, no screening patrol has been organized at them. This suggests that the#US_troops feel safe in terrorist controlled regions”.

This demonstrates that in spite of Donald Trump’s apparent wiliness to abandon the policy of aiding jihadist groups, not only has this policy not changed, but such a reality now includes full scale battlefield collusion with ISIS.

This also helps explain why in June of this year, SDF forces allowed ISIS terrorists to peacefully leave Raqqa and head towards Deir ez-Zor, a place which is now unquestionably the largest remaining ISIS stronghold in east of Libya.

But now, not only are US proxies allowing ISIS to peacefully retreat but they are visibly coalescing on the battle field. These realities also corroborate the story of SDF fighters being wounded in a Syrian led strike on known ISIS targets. As I wrote previously in The Duran, this is because SDF militants are fighting beside ISIS.

The fact of the matter is that, the Kurdish led SDF and ISIS now share the same strategic goals, in spite of apparent ideological differences. Both seek to aggressively and illegally prevent Syria from liberating her sovereignty territory and in so doing, both are challenging the territorial unity and integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic. Likewise, each group’s ideology is opposed to the Arabist Constitution of Syria, seeking instead to lay the ground work for sectarian ideologies in the areas they seek to illegally annex.

Most worryingly, both militant groups are clearly collaborating and colluding with each other and with the United States, in a proxy war against Syria and the interests and safety of her allies, including Russia and Iran.

What once was only partly clear, is now as clear as the following colour photographs from the Russian Defense Ministry.

The images released by the Russian Defense Ministry encourage speculation that the US and SDF forces have some sort of “understanding” with IS terrorists operating in the region, according to Ammar Waqqaf, the director of the Gnosos think tank.

“From the footage, the Americans seem to be and the SDF seem to be quite at leisure, they are not expecting any attack any time soon,” Waqqaf told RT.

“The reason why this may be the case is that there has been some sort of understandings with ISIS over there. Probably they were given some amnesty, that they are not going to be prosecuted, … or they were given guarantees that they would not be given back to the state.”

The SDF, ISIS and the United States are fighting on the same side of the conflict in Syria, it is the side of terrorism which seeks to destroy the secular, modern, pluralistic and independent Syrian Arab Republic.

Earlier in September, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov accused the SDF of collusion with ISIS terrorists. “SDF militants work to the same objectives as IS terrorists. Russian drones and intelligence have not recorded any confrontations between IS and the ‘third force,’ the SDF,” Konashenkov said.

This proves that the Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman was correct. The US and Russia are at war, albeit a proxy war which includes ISIS.

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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The US would NEVER do that....right?

Would they?



general ambivalent's picture

But the only alphabet dotards seem to know is NFL, NBA, NHL, etc. The real important stuff: fries, farts, and fanaticism.

Juggernaut x2's picture

If Russia knows these cocksuckers are ISIS them bomb them and fuck the US  SpecOps mercenaries if they get hit too

ne-tiger's picture

Fuck Trump: he's no different than killary

philipat's picture

This story will be all over the front pages of the MSM.

Oh, wait....

hedgeless_horseman's picture


But on the campaign trail, Trump said he was going to fight ISIS, like a hundred times.

strannick's picture

Americas dying for Isreal-First and Saudi Arabia-First. Satanic Elite-First

Trump says to stand for the flag, while Americans fall Face-First in the mud, fighting for Zion and Allah

Pairadimes's picture

This is what comes of military adventurism. Once a country that could take great pride in the use of our military, we are now a country that must keep secrets about the use of our military from its citizens. Confusion about the role of our military can only arise when we have broken our own rules in its use. 

Our military now does things in distant locations that can only earn us growing enmity among the bystanders. We say we stand for liberty and the right of self-determination, but our actions loudly convey a message of hegemony and coercion. 

It must stop. Unilateral, offensive use of our military within the borders of a sovereign nation that has not invited our active involvement must end. We must restore Congressional oversight to military action where American lives are not in immediate danger.

IH8OBAMA's picture

Oh yeah, I can see the whites of their eyes.  Definately Americans. LOL

Billy the Poet's picture

JohninMK's picture

Major PR fail, not releasing the photos with English captions.

When will they learn in Moscow?

poetic justice's picture

It is all in plain view if you take the time to do some research...  They changed the main page graphics when the were getting some attention, although never worried, "About ISIS"!!!

Bit like the gentleman who pointed out on another ZH page about Multinational Company Springwater Scams with, EVIAN = NAIVE... That "Says it all"people...

land_of_the_few's picture

In that case you won't mind if they are all vaporised methodically by roaming squads of Tu-160 and Tu-22M3, since they are clearly "just ISIS".

And if they are ISIS or some random friends of ISIS then the USAF should be doing them too.

hestroy's picture

Yes, yes, you are definately an imbecile.

Veritas X-'s picture

The Russian Military is staffed with truly Honorable men.

Only a few hours ago, Russian Lieutenant General Valery Asapov was killed by these USISIS bastards near Deir Ezzor:

**ISIS Shelling Killed Russian General Near Deir Ezzor City**

"A ISIS shelling has killed Russia’s Lieutenant general Valery Asapov near Deir Ezzor city, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

According to the ministry, the general died after sustaining a “fatal injury” in the “sudden Daesh [ISIS[ mortar shelling.” The incident took place when Asapov was at a command outpost manned by Syrian troops, assisting commanders in the liberation of Deir Ezzor.

The killed general will receive a state award posthumously.

According to the Russian media, Asapov was a commander of Russian task forces in Deir Ezzor and Raqqah provinces.

Earlier in September, the Syrian Arab Army, supported by the Russian military, broke the ISIS siege on Deir Ezzor city and Dier Ezzor Airport and launched a large-scale against ISIS in the countryside of the city."

PAYBACK is gonna be a bitch for the yankees & the mercenaries.

The gloves are off now, as demonstrated by the 850 dead jihaddis in a single day in Idlib-Hama, when they tried to kidnap 29 Russian Peacekeepers a few days ago.

More info here:


fleur de lis's picture

ISIS needs a real Russian pounding.

That is to say incineration without a trace of anything left.

Any Americans who were directly or indirectly complicit in the mortar attack, and depraved enough to be carrying the water for ISIS in any way, are asking to be included.

They are only sleazy CIA wet workers in training anyway, so they are no good to America.


True Blue's picture

And let's all hope that John McCain is delivering a fresh consignment of 'Hello Kitty' notebooks when it happens.

JSBach1's picture

What are the chances that this was a "lucky" hit by some incidental shelling? I'd bet some "entity" in the area, having intelligence that this Lieutenant General would be in the area, passed the coordinates and the exact time for this shelling to be carried out.

JohninMK's picture

This was at a command bunker right up at the front, in mortar range from the terrorists. The Russians said that the strike was by a 'precision guided' mortar shell. That implies that whoever fired it knew exactly what the target was.

Asapov was the architect of the whole operation to relieve Deir which took the US by surprise, it comes just after the pics of US SOF in IS positions as per this thread and long range precision artillery has targeted the allied forces on several occasions resulting in a Russian ultimatum.

Given their roles this General and his Colonels (two Colonels and an interpreter were also killed plus unknown wounded) were probably on the way up the command structure, top men, the ones you do not want to lose. Asapov had only been a 3* for 18 months, his last appointment was Ukraine related, so a marked man for the US.

Moscow will not like this one little bit, they were theirs, it will take it very personally. Revenge will come, it is the Russian way, and it will be harsh when it does.

Veritas X-'s picture

Thank You so much for this 'credible info' JohninMK .....

It's saddening, but, 1nce again a confirmation of the INTEGRITY of these MEN.

ALL of Them! ; Syrian, Russian, Iranian, Shiites from Lebanon/Hezbollah, Iraqis, etc etc.

Truly Sad.

Pray For These Brave Men's Souls.....

....May Our 1 God Receive These Brave Men into Heaven with Gratitude.



Veritas X-'s picture

Spaziba  Toverish....


**SDF Comes Under Mortar And Rocket Shelling Following Russian Airstrikes North Of Deir Ezzor – Kurdish Media**


"Following initial claims that Russian airstrikes hit the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Deir Ezzor on Monday, pro-SDF media outlets started spreading reports that government forces were shelling the SDF in the area with mortars and rockets (most ikely BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers).

According to a hard-core pro-Kurdish/US media outlet, Hawarnews, the mortar and rocket shelling started after alleged Russian airstrikes on SDF positions near the Koniku gas factory north of Deir Ezzor city.

The SDF seized the area on September 23 while ISIS was fiercely attacking the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies on the east bank of the Euphrates. It’s interseting to note that ISIS prefers to combat the SAA and just ignores a large part of the SDF advances in Deir Ezzor province.

If the reports about the Russian airstrikes and Syrian shelling are true, this is a clear signal that the Syrian-Iranian-Russian coalition is not going to ignore hostile actions of the US-led coalition and its allies against its forces in the province.

Earlier in September, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that a major part of ISIS attacks and shelling against government forces come from the area allegedly held by the SDF.

On Sunday, the ministry revealed photos showing the US Special Operations Forces safely operating in the ISIS-held area north of Deir Ezzor. At the same day, alleged ISIS shelling killed Russian Lieutenant General Valery Asapov near Deir Ezzor city. According to reports, Asapov was a commander of Russian task forces in Deir Ezzor and Raqqah provinces. "

NO MERCY Vlad!!!




Conscious Reviver's picture

Looks like they may have started already.

As to the skills required being beyond the headchoppers, there's the US military, other NATO, CIA and last but not least Mossad.

Edit: More news. Russian and Syrian arty plus airstrikes. Hello embedded SFs

Syrian Army, Russian artillery shells Kurdish forces in east Deir Ezzor: reports [Update]

poetic justice's picture

How you will become an "instant International Hero"... Mr Putin, when are you going to take out the Globalists /Elites? 

Stuck on Zero's picture

If this is all true then why hasn't Russia targeted these exact spots with some massive frag or air/fuel bombs and solved the problem?

Veritas X-'s picture

They will be doing this very shortly.

See^^^^ Above^^^^^.

Eye for an Eye, Tooth for a Tooth.

May the american invaders & scumbag allies rot-in-hell.


BobEore's picture

Because "truth" is the first casualty of war...

and as the 'hot' war draws to a close, the war of words is just starting up. Foreign policy objectives of Russia, Iran, and other players do not fit into the neat boxes of the exceptionalist mindset...

"goodguy eastern whitehats" versus "badguy" occidentalists and their "proxy forces"...

and the raving, rahrah cheerleading on display here is representative of just how badly the zheeple want their "purgative" self-destruction to come quickly. The sites' mandate being = not to report the "news" but to push those views which best serve particular 'interests' never disclosed, the agit-prop which will now be produced has all the fingermarks of 'cutting edge' agit-prop, the masters of which are well known...

as they control ALL media sources and own politicians everywhere. As Mr "JimfromMN" recently discovered - to his sure astonishment - one does not go against the grain, less their "popularity" goes down the drain here. Follow the lead lemming... theres the lad!

Those made of sterner stuff than the 'alt-media' and its' controlled oppositionalist allies can seduce, will continue to delineate, deconstruct... and destroy the psyops one by one, as they are produced and presented.

Now back to our regularly scheduled appointment with fake narratives and phony reportage. ^t0 yuR ButoNs mUttOns!

JSBach1's picture



If you recall about a month ago on a ZH article titled: How CIA made Google ( you posted a link to the site on where you raised a series of eloquent, substantive and salient points, it seemed to me, to the author of the article Nafeez Ahmed. I must say that it was rather trivial work locating your question to the author and both, a response to one commentator, and another from the author. I, too, found his response evasive and "controlled" -- knowing a clear boundary and the said implications of crossing it. Well done! I know you get a lot of flak 'round here, but I get where you are coming from...

Wish we here could have some sort of collaborative objective in the pursuit of the real yet unfortunate truths, at which attempts to poison our thought processes are perfidiously lobbied at all the while we, for the most part, are innocous to the pathogen at the center of this surreptitious infestation. We humans are good at networking and so it seems to me that rather than spin our wheels of agony and curse the paralysis of the circumstances at hand, we should do our part and collaborate to put the pieces together so that this elaborate labyrinth is exposed in the hopes that enough people will take notice at the predicament we are truly in. If enough factual information is made available it will have the effect of informing people who are curious for knowledge. We, in the end, either succeed together or are scattered in pieces as a result. Doing nothing will undoubtedly preserve the status-quo.

BobEore's picture

Appreciate the feedback, as it's often debatable whether there are any live, thinking bodies left mongst the army of sock puppets now populating this site.

Wish we here could have some sort of collaborative objective in the pursuit of the real yet unfortunate truths...

Back in my younger, more naive days here, I used to muse publicly about the potential of the readership to become "a collegium of indepedent minds dedicated to searching out salient truths in a sea of lies"...

or something to that effect. Tho such a thing never became a reality, by some time in 2011, through the disparate efforts of variously loosely allies parties, we had pretty much demolished a couple of the most prevalent(hidden in plain site)memes here, and were poised to...

and the rest is history, as the stalinist purges began, guys like 2SP & myself axed n exiled... good detectives like i-dog gradually walking away in disgust...

at a place where it's deemed OK to piss down our backs and tell us it's raining.

poetic justice's picture

Quote: "Back in my younger, more naive days"... Is that in your younger days of drinking EVIAN Spring Water?

land_of_the_few's picture

Giving them a little time to make their peace with their ancestors?


They already turned them into rose fertiliser. Who knows, that happened to a lot of people who "aren't there". Well those sure aren't there now, whoever they were.

News can be a little slow.

Conscious Reviver's picture

BREAKING: Russian warplanes bomb Kurdish forces in east Deir Ezzor: reports 25/09/2017

Manthong's picture

 If it gets to the point that they can be proven to be colluding...

I don’t care if he is a lowly E-5 special operator, If he is working with ISIS, he is a traitor and needs to be court-martialed and tried as such.

His entire chain of command and associated CIA support needs to be slammed into the brig and tried as well.


Shemp 4 Victory's picture


His entire chain of command and associated CIA support needs to be slammed into the brig and tried as well.

So much shit not even Hercules had to clean.

scaleindependent's picture

"Unilateral, offensive use of our military within the borders of a sovereign nation that has not invited our active involvement must end. We must restore Congressional oversight to military action where American lives are not in immediate danger."


We would not want a foreign state to do that to us.

OverTheHedge's picture

I have a few questions.

Firstly, if the US is embedded with ISIS, there must be occasional casualties from all the airstrikes. Are there unreported flights full of coffins coming back to the US? How does this affect morale? I assume the people on the inside know about all this. Are they "Private Contractors", and therefore expendable? Or have the Russians been extra-careful, up until now?

Secondly, how do US forces feel about being the actual enemy? I know that occasionally you have to do unpalatable things for purposes of expediency, but this has been going on for years, assuming all the information we have had from all over the internet is correct. I don't understand how some disgruntled ex-SF hasn't produced a "How I chopped heads and raped children for the US" exposé, for fun and profit, if not for moral reasons. There must be more than a handful involved in all of this. Hard to keep this big a secret for this long, especially with Facebook.

I think I am saying that I am very impressed with the operational security, over years.

Final thought: given that this has been going for years,  the timing of this announcement by the Russians has to be part of their asymmetric escalation? Can we expect more? Can we expect anyone outside the tinfoil hat brigade to actually be made aware of this?

Oh, and how do you stand for the flag to support country and military, when they are synonymous with THE ENEMY?

I assume nothing will happen about this. Ho hum.


PT's picture

Where's the high resolution copies of these pictures?  I can't see a damn thing on those ones.

Mr 9x19's picture

when i see such information, i have no doubt anylonger on what happened on 911, mh17,370,etc.........


why americans don't react on that... hmmm they don't know ? don't have time ? don't give a fuck ?

hesitating which toilet to use to piss when you have a pussy or a penis, hmm, sure, bit much complicated to know what foreign policies is all about.



poetic justice's picture

Drinking too much Fluorodated water and consuming toxic vaccines...

Duc888's picture



He even said it last ween at the UN.  Kelly is feeding him a steady ration of bullshit.  He sees that as his job.

beemasters's picture

Trump wouldn't be making any noise cos those ISIS members are standing for the American National Anthem.

philipat's picture

Just like he also said that the US has stopped supplying weapons to the "moderate" terrorists. You can always trust what .Gov tells you....just ask the MSM.

Stinkytofu's picture

"Just like he also said that the US has stopped supplying weapons to the "moderate" terrorists."


silly rabbit, you got distracted by what the bad man say!  look at what bad man NOT say!


him not say "we are no longer supplying weapons to the radical terrorists/jihadists." 


see!  bad man fool you!  bwahahahaha!

Duc888's picture



He actually cut OFFICIAL funding to CIA for their Syrian fiasco.  But, where does CIA get most of their unofficial funding from?


Barney Fife's picture

But, but but... Trump is for the People! He said so in his campaign. Don't you listen? Besides, he's a businessman. 

SoDamnMad's picture

I saw the TV pictures of these photos and the white guys wearing US style clothing and carrying US weapons didn't have any Budweiser or hookers so it must have been fake.  I sent John"we need massive amounts of aid for these forces" McCain for his response to this but I haven't had a reply from him.

idahobandito's picture

No vote for/against your comment, but do you really think Trump has any Idea what is actually going on over there? everyone around him is deep state and running the gov with business as usual, then lying to him about it. It would have been better if he had no family for them to threaten.

garcam123's picture

He's been punked.....I wouldn't be surprised if McMasters or whatever the fuck his name is is fuckin Meliana! He's been so punked....he's a PUNK.'ve got the BIG ONE RIGHT IN YOUR ASSHOLE!  Welcome to the final fucking!

Bend the fuck over.....unless you have some balls!

poetic justice's picture

yomutti2 will "Bend the fuck over". Probably willing to take it from Kim Jong-Un as well...

The Rainbow hijacked by pedophile trash.