Russia Accuses U.S. Of "Pretending To Fight ISIS"

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Russia has once again accused the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria of facilitating the entry of Islamic State terrorists into Syria in order to hinder the advance of the Syrian Army and its allies. On Tuesday Russia's defense ministry accused the US of merely "pretending" to fight ISIS in a way designed to put maximum pressure on Syrian and Russian front line defenses in Syria's east. Russian military spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said, “Everyone sees that the U.S.-led coalition is pretending to fight Islamic State, above all in Iraq, but continuing to allegedly fight Islamic State in Syria actively for some reason."

The accusation comes a little over two weeks after Russia released aerial images allegedly showing ISIS, the SDF (US-backed "Syrian Democratic Forces"), and US special forces working side-by-side on the battlefield against Syrian and Russian forces in Deir Ezzor, Syria. While the previous charges implied some level of close coordination between US-backed forces and ISIS in the region, the new claims point to coalition air power intentionally facilitating and utilizing ISIS movements to its advantage: “The actions of the Pentagon and the coalition demand an explanation. Is their change of tack a desire to complicate as much as they can the Syrian army’s operation, backed by the Russian air force, to take back Syrian territory to the east of the Euphrates?” asked Konashenkov. He continued with, “Or is it an artful move to drive Islamic State terrorists out of Iraq by forcing them into Syria and into the path of the Russian air force’s pinpoint bombing?”

Image source: Activist Post

Konashenkov further stated Syrian troops were in the midst of a fierce campaign to oust Islamic State fighters from the city of al-Mayadin, southeast of Deir Ezzor, but that IS was daily reinforcing its ranks there with “foreign mercenaries” pouring in from Iraq. The implications are that the US coalition is engineering this outcome.

Indeed, it's no secret that throughout the course of the over 6-year long war in Syria, the international powers operating from neighboring countries have allowed border areas to remain remarkably porous, which facilitated record breaking numbers of jihadists entering Syria from dozens of countries. As the US State Department’s own 2014 Country Report on Terrorism confirms, the rate of foreign terrorist entry into Syria over the past years has been unprecedented among any conflict in history: “The rate of foreign terrorist fighter travel to Syria – totaling more than 16,000 foreign terrorist fighters from more than 90 countries as of late December – exceeded the rate of foreign terrorist fighters who traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, or Somalia at any point in the last 20 years.”

Though Russian claims will be dismissed as outlandish by some, the latest accusations against the US are consistent with both the historical record and even US internal intelligence reports regarding the rise of the Islamic State, which early in the war envisioned a Sunni "Islamic State" in Syria's east which could "isolate the Syrian regime" and pressure its regional ally Iran.

One of the more shocking admissions of this strategy came in 2016, when then Secretary of State John Kerry was caught on audio telling a Syrian opposition gathering, which met on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly meeting, that Obama hoped to use ISIS as leverage against Assad. According to Kerry on the leaked audio (25:50):

"And we know that this was growing, we were watching, we saw that Daesh was growing in strength, and we thought Assad was threatened"... "(We) thought, however, we could probably manage that Assad might then negotiate. But instead of negotiating he got Putin to support him."

If the US coalition is indeed allowing ISIS in Iraq to "escape" into eastern Syria, it constitutes a clear continuation of the Obama era policy of "watching" and "managing" Daesh in order to put pressure on Assad and Iran. Former British spy, diplomat, and current Beirut-based Middle East analyst Alastaire Crooke has called this the "wedge concept" of ISIS origins. In previous commentary on the 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) memo which first outlined the wedge concept, Crooke explained:

In short, the DIA assessment indicates that the “wedge” concept was being given new life by the desire to pressure Assad in the wake of the 2011 insurgency launched against the Syrian state. “Supporting powers” effectively wanted to inject hydraulic fracturing fluid into eastern Syria (radical Salafists) in order to fracture the bridge between Iran and its Arab allies, even at the cost of this “fracking” opening fissures right down inside Iraq to Ramadi. (Intelligence assessments purpose is to provide “a view” — not to describe or prescribe policy. But it is clear that the DIA reports’ “warnings” were widely circulated and would have been meshed into the policy consideration.)

Crooke further explained that this policy path could not be easily walked back once committed to, as the latest developments in Deir Ezzor appear to demonstrate. While US presence in Syria is now ostensibly based on anti-terror and anti-ISIS operations, the following dynamics are still in play:

But this “view” has exactly come about. It is fact. One might conclude then that in the policy debate, the notion of isolating Hezbollah from Iran, and of weakening and pressurizing President Assad, simply trumped the common sense judgement that when you pump highly toxic and dangerous fracturing substances into geological formations, you can never entirely know or control the consequences. And once you go down this road, it is not easy to “walk it back,” as it were: the toxicity is already suffused through the rocks. So, when the GCC demanded a “price” for any Iran deal (i.e. massing “fracking” forces close to Aleppo), the pass had been already partially been sold by the U.S. by 2012, when it did not object to what the “supporting powers” wanted .

Just prior to Russia's latest charges against the US, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah also said on Sunday that American forces were actively hindering the fight against ISIS: “The American air force in some areas prevents the Syrian army and its allies from advancing in areas controlled by Islamic State," he said in a televised speech. And added further, "The Americans are working to hinder the battle against Islamic State."

According to veteran Middle East journalist Elijah Magnier, who is reporting from the ground, the US is looking the other way while ISIS pours across the Iraq-Syria border:

At minimum it should be clear by now to any objective observer that the US is not fundamentally motivated in its race for Deir Ezzor province by defeat of ISIS terrorism, but in truth by control of the eastern province's oil fields. Whatever oil fields the SDF can gain control of in the wake of Islamic State's retreat will then used as powerful bargaining leverage in negotiating a post-ISIS Syria. The Kurdish and Arab SDF coalition which is advised by US special forces, for example, recently captured Tabiyeh and al-Isba oil and gas fields northeast of Deir Ezzor city. 

Though the US endgame is the ultimate million dollar question in all of this, it appears at least for now that this endgame has something to do with the Pentagon forcing itself into a place of affecting the Syrian war's outcome and final apportionment of power: the best case scenario being permanent US bases under a Syrian Kurdish federated zone with favored access to Syrian oil doled out by Kurdish partners. 

And it appears that the US coalition is now using ISIS as a geopolitical chess piece (not for the first time) to effect this outcome.

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YUNOSELL's picture

Seems about right 

nope-1004's picture

When you see in the media that the US is sending Texas vehicles and military supplies to the "enemy", I guess it doesn't take much to finally agree.

ZH'ers knew this years ago.

toady's picture

Glad someone finally said it. The U.S. has been supplying them since the start, obviously the U.S. is ISIS!

07564111's picture

yes, but which country has been pulling the puppets strings.

beemasters's picture

The government is behind ISIS. ISIS claimed responsibility for Vegas Shooting. So the US government was behind and supporting the Vegas shooting too. Simple.

Captain Chlamydia's picture

The Syrian conflict is based on lies , fraught with false flags,  multimedia propaganda,  more lies and an endless testosteronic thirst for money and control.


konputa's picture

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was known previously as Mossad agent, Simon Elliot, is all you really need to know. Oh, and ISIS officially apologized to Israel when it attacked Israeli soldiers in "error".

Cynicles II's picture

"Glad someone finally said it"

Pay closer attention.
I was not the only one regularly citing, to the extent of a broken record, that ISIS was created by the US (the vassal state of israel). The US supplied them intel, equiptment, food, cash, weaspons, provided military support both direct and indirect, aid via logistical help and so on. The US still does most, if not all of that. 

Received very little feedback or support. Few is any commented on my point how the one thing muzzies hate most is israel. israel was never mentioned as a target nor targeted. Seeing is believing and most still don't believe the reality. Props to Russia for the public push. Russia has been hammering ISIS et al.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

ISIS and Al Qaeda are and have always been US/Saudi/Israeli proxies.

IS expanded territory and sold stolen oil (mostly to Turkey and Israel) as Obama claimed to be illegally committing the US military there to fight IS.

Isrsel has long provided fire and air support for both IS and AQ branches

Under Trump, the ZOG has expanded US military bases in Syria in a pattern clearly not designed to stop IS.

And the Russians have now *repeatedly* said explicitly that the US is aiding IS.

This isn't about Qatari gas pipelines.

It's about Greater Israel (including Golani oil) and the Oded Yinon plan, as well as prepping for a Zionist Kurdistan and another war, on Iran, for Zionist Jewry.

Israel, Kurds, and ISIS:

Chupacabra-322's picture

Arming, funding & training terror organizations since the days of the Mujahaideen.

Advancing Israel's Yinon Plan is the Goal.

“[The Yinon plan] is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.

Israeli strategists viewed Iraq as their biggest strategic challenge from an Arab state. This is why Iraq was outlined as the centerpiece to the balkanization of the Middle East and the Arab World. In Iraq, on the basis of the concepts of the Yinon Plan, Israeli strategists have called for the division of Iraq into a Kurdish state and two Arab states, one for Shiite Muslims and the other for Sunni Muslims. The first step towards establishing this was a war between Iraq and Iran, which the Yinon Plan discusses.

The Atlantic, in 2008, and the U.S. military’s Armed Forces Journal, in 2006, both published widely circulated maps that closely followed the outline of the Yinon Plan. Aside from a divided Iraq, which the Biden Plan also calls for, the Yinon Plan calls for a divided Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria. The partitioning of Iran, Turkey, Somalia, and Pakistan also all fall into line with these views. The Yinon Plan also calls for dissolution in North Africa and forecasts it as starting from Egypt and then spilling over into Sudan, Libya, and the rest of the region.

Greater Israel” requires the breaking up of the existing Arab states into small states.

“The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states. Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel’s satellites and, ironically, its source of moral legitimation… This is not a new idea, nor does it surface for the first time in Zionist strategic thinking. Indeed, fragmenting all Arab states into smaller units has been a recurrent theme.” (Yinon Plan, see below)

Viewed in this context, the war on Syria and Iraq is part of the process of Israeli territorial expansion.

In this regard, the defeat of US sponsored terrorists (ISIS, Al Nusra) by Syrian Forces with the support of Russia, Iran and Hizbollah constitutes a significant setback for the Zionist project.

runswithscissors's picture

Russia should go ask Israhell why the US is pretending to fight CIASIS in Syria. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

Cough, cough....

ISIS = I CIA SIS = Mossad.

rejected's picture

Well now Israel has a serious enemy.

Syria, with Russian training and the war with the US funded / Armed terrorists now has a seriously well trained and experienced military. 

No wonder they're (Israel) freaking out. Once Syria gets its act together, I doubt too many Israeli warplanes will be trespassing the skies of Syria.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Israel of Theodore Herzl (1904) and of Rabbi Fischmann (1947)

In his Complete Diaries, Vol. II. p. 711, Theodore Herzl, the founder of Zionism, says that the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.”

Rabbi Fischmann, member of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared in his testimony to the U.N. Special Committee of Enquiry on 9 July 1947: “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.”

Well, that's my take. Russia assisting Syria may have thwarted Israhell's plan from 1904 / 1947. Coincidentally, 1947 the same year the National Security Act passed establishing the "Intelligence" Surveilance State.

Operation Talpiot is icing on the cake. Total Complete Full Spectrum World Domination.

Ms No's picture

I really appreciate both your two's comments because we have known for nearly two decades minimum that the US, Israel and SA were in cahoots sponsoring all of these terrorist groups.  They are not corralling ISIS, they are not just manipulating an organic group that already exists as some autonomous power, they are not just passively opening borders and hoping the wind blows the terrorists through and that their proxies are supported by mana in the desert (as the indoctrinated neocons cling to, especially John McCain fans in AZ).  The US admitted to supporting Bin Laden in Afghanistan against the Russians and there is a trail all the way to where we are today.  Only complete idiots believe this is some type of blowback with magic carpets and box cutters.  People who believe that ISIS is independently behind anything, including the Vegas shooting are level five imbeciles.

Once again thanks.



Winston Churchill's picture

You should have been in Afghanistan back in the 70's.

The CIA was thick as flies on sh-t everywhere back then.Looked like a Mormon

gathering of young missionaries about to be unleashed on the world.Those brooks bros. suits really

stood out,even without the jackets.

Needless to say, there is a major backstory on why the Soviets invaded, one they don't teach in

US schools.Bit like the embassy in Tehran harboring the SAVAK bigwigs, causing the crowds to over run it,

isn't ever mentioned.

historian40's picture

Not just Texas.  I noticed one of the trucks mounted with a machine gun, used by the terrorists, had California plates, and that was at least 3 years ago.

Rick Cerone's picture

Russians are smart.

I wish I went to a Russian university.

Some of the best educated people on the planet.

TheLastTrump's picture



Some of our military train with your military. snort


Tell us another one. Hell, just pull my finger, let's get this over with.

Siberian_Walrus's picture

Probably the most accurate headline to an article in recent history

socalbeach's picture

I'll go with option 1.


“The actions of the Pentagon and the coalition demand an explanation. Is their change of tack a desire to complicate as much as they can the Syrian army’s operation, backed by the Russian air force, to take back Syrian territory to the east of the Euphrates?” asked Konashenkov. He continued with, “Or is it an artful move to drive Islamic State terrorists out of Iraq by forcing them into Syria and into the path of the Russian air force’s pinpoint bombing?”

Mena Arkansas's picture

Russia just confirming what everyone on ZH has known for a couple years now.

serotonindumptruck's picture

It's kind of sad in a way. The cognitive dissonance is pervasive.

Russia has known of this duplicity (Ukraine, Syria, etc.) by Washington DC for many years now, and yet they are choosing to release details of this conspiracy piecemeal; a little bit at a time.

Perhaps the reason why the Russians are not going "All In" with these revelations is that Vladimir Putin has a 200+ genius IQ, and he is allowing Washington DC to self-destruct as the American Empire crumbles to ashes.

edit: Or as they say in the South, "Give a man enough rope, and he'll hang himself."

dark fiber's picture

Really?  Wow them Russians are finally beginning to pay attention.

chunga's picture

They've been distracted by the knee-taking football players.

Winston Churchill's picture

They've known all along, but have been biting their lip.

The fact they are now talking tells you volumes about the change in the geoplitical situation.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Winston,

Let’s explore the Geopolitical ramifications a little deeper shall we?

The Imperial model of American diplomacy has collapsed and they are helpless in the face of Russian diplomacy that offers a fair deal.

Rather than reassess their model, the empire has decided on a policy of plunging into chaos any state that does not bend over.

Syria Libya and Iraq are victims of this model. If they seem to be rallying under the Russian banner because the Russians offer stability and their Chinese partners, prosperity.

What does the empire have to offer?

Threats, war, oppression, debt, and corrupt treasonous puppet leaders.

Who is going to win this race?

The only way America can save itself is to purge the deep state traitors who put the empire before the Republic. They will lose both and gain nothing.

If you want to move the price of oil by $10 increments - Russia is the natural ally - and proven to be a master of strategy/ equipment / technology/ tactics / commitment you can count on / and especially Diplomacy.

Each $10 PER Bbl- is $33 Billion per annum to SA. Not pocket change - when the largest "future" world supplier is ....Russia and can make it stick.

They also have Iran / Iraq / Turkey / Syria / Hezbollah as partners plus tangentially the Taliban / Pakistan. (Yinion Plan thwarted)

And, a 10 million man military when the game goes full tilt and they want it -- China!

The Washington Cabal has no credibility with its "word" internationally nor with its Citizens - who hate them - republicans & Democrats alike
No one but fools see otherwise.

LV was inept- no videos of the garage / elevators / hallway / lobby of the PERP!!!!!

This event is representative of their credibility worldwide.

We are witnessing the CLOWN car go to a Clown bus and now to a Clown Train.

Trump is a minor figure in this 70 year process which never changed
Good luck to all American Citizens - you didn't deserve what's to happen.

Dead Indiana Sky's picture

Hey now......We here in the US pride ourselves on all of the pretending that we do, and the quality with which we do it.  We're so good at it, some people actually believe it's reality.

E.F. Mutton's picture

Just keep DWTS on TV and keep Wal-Mart stocked with 5 Gallon tubs of Cheez-puffs and we'll ignore anything.

Phillyguy's picture

The Pentagon never wanted to fight or destroy ISIS. They want to manage them.

buzzsaw99's picture

hey, we pretend to fight a lot of shit and we're damn good at it.  don't make me send chuck norris over there.

SRV's picture

Wow, it WAS really about the oil... lol!

RussianSniper's picture

Russia, along with the entire world, fully understands the USA is Isis.

The evil empire gets itself further exposed every day.

redmudhooch's picture

CIA/MOSSAD/Deep State are the enemy of humanity.

Shut them down, peace will follow.


18 U.S. Code § 2381 - Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

rejected's picture

Some very dangerous assertions made by some folk.

Allegiance, like respect is earned not "owed". 

So you were shit out in some country and you owe it for the privilege? They also take 1/3 to 1/2 of your life's earnings because you owe it?  LOL, Then bitch because you couldn't have enough of their ever devaluing money for retirement! 

Man,,, That's a lot of owing to a lot of folks you don't even know for just being alive!

WTFUD's picture

Surely there's been a huge misunderstanding! sarc

Kill every uninvited foreign POS in the country, that'll do the trick. No Prisoners!!!!!

Rolln's picture

Russia finally gets in the game, not pretending to fight isis, and they dish this bs out... lol.

Father ¢hristmas's picture

"Russia has "

Stopped reading right there.  Fake news.

America has been bravely and courageously battling ISIS for years now.  President Trump has ISIS on the run, and our relationships with our allies in the region are stronger than ever.

If anything, Russia is behind ISIS, along with China.

Vladimir Putin is also behind the Szechuan McNugget sauce shortage at McDonald's.

johnnycanuck's picture

Lay off the opiates and other mind altering drugs heavily trafficed into the USA by the CIA and it's many many 'partners' the world around.

JimmyRainbow's picture

all watched over by lovely intelligent master negotiator usa-first trump

integrity, reliability and twitter ....

a bit swamped maybe but thats just externally

Son of Captain Nemo's picture


To the Russian Federation.

"What could have been" had you endorsed the Truth movement for 9/11 10 years ago?!!!

Blankone's picture

911, Malaysia M17, Malaysia M370, Russia knows the facts and the documentation Then - forcing the Ukrainian elected leader to stand down thus allowing the overthrow, refusing to even give technical/strategic advice to Iraq, approving of the UN resolution on Libya, removing chemical weapons from Iraq/Libya/Syria before the US moves into the countries, removing uranium from Iran, were the dead russian diplomats a cooperative purge or covert attacks,

There is more to the story, one way or another.

If there is true opposition to the US in Syria - then something has changed. The taking of Dier resulted in mini US outposts to block further movement and provide safe zones to ISIS.

I cringe at the thought that someone is going to use biological weapons covertly. Or as a false flag. Atomic against the US is only good if you can get it here, but NK, Iran, Turkey and others can produce biological and sneak it in.

From here will the US get directly involved against Syrian forces, will the US take control of greater zones of Syrian skies from Russia and confront, will Trump petition an E/W separation of Syria and Putin gets half? Will the US attack somewhere else such as Ukraine, or worse covertly?

Feels like something is gonna change. Escalation, negotiation? The US appears (to my surprise) had to allow Russia/Syria to take key territory. Can they allow it to stand?

Juliette's picture

Russia is right. Just speaking the plain truth ... which everybody in the so-called "West" denies.

Savyindallas's picture

I am so sick of the US creating, training, funding and supporting ISIS/Al Quada. I thought trump would put an end to this. I was wrong. He's every much a stooge of the Deep State as hillary was. Looks like we might just get our war with Russia. I voted for trump to avoid this. He's nothing more than Bibi's whore.