Bombshell Report Confirms US Coalition Struck A Deal With ISIS

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At a moment of widespread acknowledgement that the short-lived Islamic State is no longer a reality, and as ISIS is about to be defeated by the Syrian Army in its last urban holdout of Abu Kamal City in eastern Syria, the US is signalling an open-ended military presence in Syria. On Monday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US is preparing for a long term military commitment in Syria to fight ISIS "as long as they want to fight."

Mattis indicated that even should ISIS loose all of its territory there would still be a dangerous insurgency that could morph into an "ISIS 2.0" which he said the US would seek to prevent. “The enemy hasn’t declared that they’re done with the area yet, so we’ll keep fighting as long as they want to fight,” Mattis said. “We’re not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction.”

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stands in front of a map of Syria and Iraq.

Mattis was referring to the stalled peace talks in Geneva which some analysts have described as a complete failure (especially as the Geneva process unrealistically stipulates the departure of Assad), as the future of Syria has of late been increasingly decided militarily on the battlefield, with the Syrian government now controlling the vast majority of the country's most populated centers.

Ironically just as some degree of stability and normalcy has returned to many parts of the county now under government control, Mattis coupled the idea of a permanent US military presence with the goal of allowing Syrians to return to their homes. He said, “You keep broadening them. Try to (demilitarize) one area then (demilitarize) another and just keep it going, try to do the things that will allow people to return to their homes.”

Meanwhile Turkey once again reiterated that the US has 13 bases in Syria, though the US-backed Syrian YPG has previously indicated seven US military bases in northern Syria. The Pentagon, however, would not confirm base locations or numbers - though only a year-and-a-half ago the American public was being assured that there would be "no boots on the ground" due to mission creep in Syria.

During the last year of the Obama administration, State Department spokesman John Kirby was called out multiple times by reporters for tell obvious and blatant lies concerning "boots on the ground" in Syria. 

Remember this? "We are not going to be involved in a large scale combat mission on the ground in Syria. That is what the president [Obama] has long said."

Last summer, in a move that angered the US administration, Turkish state media leaked the locations of no less than ten small scale American military bases in northern Syria alone (revelations of US bases in southern Syria began surfacing as well). As another recent Pentagon press conference further acknowledged, these bases - though likely special forces forward operating bases - require a broad network of US personnel operating in various logistical roles inside Syria and likely now includes thousands of US troops deployed on the ground, instead of the Pentagon's official (and highly dubious) "approximately 500 troops in Syria" number. 

Mattis' declaration of an open ended military commitment in Syria came the same day that the BBC confirmed that the US and its Kurdish SDF proxy (Syrian Democratic Forces) cut a deal with ISIS which allowed for the evacuation of possibly thousands of ISIS members and their families from Raqqa. 

According to yesterday's bombshell BBC report:

The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of Islamic State fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city. A convoy included some of IS's most notorious members and - despite reassurances - dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.

Though it's always good when the mainstream media belatedly gives confirmation to stories that actually broke months prior, the BBC was very late to the story. ISIS terrorists being given free passage by coalition forces to leave Raqqa was a story which we and other outlets began to report last June, and which Moon of Alabama and Al-Masdar News exposed in detail a full month prior to the BBC report. 

And astoundingly, even foreign fighters who had long vowed to carry out attacks in Europe and elsewhere were part of the deal brokered under the sponsorship of the US coalition in Syria. According to the BBC report:

Disillusioned, weary of the constant fighting and fearing for his life, Abu Basir decided to leave for the safety of Idlib. He now lives in the city. He was part of an almost exclusively French group within IS, and before he left some of his fellow fighters were given a new mission.


"There are some French brothers from our group who left for France to carry out attacks in what would be called a ‘day of reckoning.’”


Much is hidden beneath the rubble of Raqqa and the lies around this deal might easily have stayed buried there too. The numbers leaving were much higher than local tribal elders admitted. At first the coalition refused to admit the extent of the deal.

So it appears that the US allowed ISIS terrorists to freely leave areas under coalition control, according to no less than the BBC, while at the same time attempting to make the case before the public that a permanent Pentagon presence is needed in case of ISIS' return. But it’s a familiar pattern by now: yesterday's proxies become today's terrorists, which return to being proxies again, all as part of justifying permanent US military presence on another nation's sovereign territory.

America's Syrian adventure went from public declarations of “we’re staying out” to “just some logistical aid to rebels” to “okay, some mere light arms to fight the evil dictator” to “well, a few anti-tank missiles wouldn’t hurt” to “we gotta bomb the new super-bad terror group that emerged!” to “ah but no boots on the ground!” to “alright kinetic strikes as a deterrent” to “but special forces aren’t really boots on the ground per se, right?” to yesterday's Mattis declaration of an open-ended commitment. And on and on it goes.

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We don't negotiate with terrorists...said every US president ever. 

ne-tiger's picture

We don't negotiate with terrorists, we help and arm them...

Killtruck's picture

LEAVE?! YOU LET THESE FUCKERS LEAVE?! Cornered like fucking rats ready to be rounded up and machinegunned in a ditch, and you "cut a deal" to let them walk all over the damn place like Johnny Appleseeds, causing more trouble wherever they go and planting the seeds for the next round of this fucking shit to start ten years from now.

It's almost as if you want MORE of this shit to go on and on, justifying more wars and more suffering and more....wait.


tmosley's picture

House to house fighting against desperate men interspersed with civillians?

Nightmare situation.

Troll Magnet's picture

Why is this news? Israel has been our BFF forever.

chumbawamba's picture

Well color me nigger.

I am Chumbawamba.

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

 that's redundant,

if I say nigger, you have already made a color specification.


if I say honkey, you have already made a color specification.

isn't language fun!


now about those chinks......


auricle's picture

This is about as bombshell as reporing an employer payed its employees. 

ThanksChump's picture

"If forced to choose, which weevil would you pick?"

"If I HAD to, I'd pick the larger weevil. It's stronger, more likely to win in a fight or a race."

"No! Anyone will tell you that you should always pick the lesser of two weevils."


The easiest and safest way to get them out was to promise them safe passage. They're out. Very few lives lost in the effort.


Now, an evil person would promise ISIS a safe escape, then strafe them from the air as they left.


So, the takeaway from all that: I guess I'm evil.

beemasters's picture

Majority of the public in the west still think their governments are fighting terrorists when it's been proven times and again that they are behind the creation and perpetuation of the exact terrorists they claim to be fighting.
How do you wake them up???

bobcatz's picture

Of course they STRUCK a deal with ISIS. BECAUSE ISIS = Israhell.

stizazz's picture

And because the western coalition is IsraHell's slave, especially the US, the coalition's chief.

HowdyDoody's picture

What's the fuss? It was just some inter-departmental arrangement over staffing allocations.

philipat's picture

And WHO precisely "invited" the US to maintain a long-term military presence in Syria? Neither the Syrian Government nor any UN resolution that I am aware of nor any resolution of Congress declaring war on Syria? I'm guessing that, as usual, the US, in blatant disregard of International law, wants to stick around just to ensure things in Syria don't settle down too much? Any wonder why the rest of the world, and increasingly the US population also, sees The US as the greatest threat to world peace?

Expendable Container's picture


WWII was a Zionist created war too. Both British and U.S. governments were their slaves and look where that got us - ethnic-European race split against each other and fighting each other to the death, for what?? Time to wake up to the lies and liars of ALL wars and realize the Zionists’ manipulations to create WWII and the lies and liars of WWII in order to prevent WWIII

khnum's picture

A Russian or Chinese mushroom cloud might come close to waking up the sheep it depends though on what sort of hand held sportsbetting event occurs on the day.

Killtruck's picture

This is the point I was trying to make, but you made it better. 

I am not opposed to putting them on buses and moving them out of the heavily populated areas. 

I AM, however, opposed to letting them live. You can't just let them LEAVE, gawd, everyone knows THAT.

Bomb craters. That's all that should be left of those buses and the subhuman pus that occupied them. 

OverTheHedge's picture

Tricking them into leaving so you can kill them elsewhere will work once. It may even work two or three times, but eventually it will stop working. It will also render every word you say irrelevant, and a lie, even on the rare occasions when you tell the truth.

BlindMonkey's picture

"The easiest and safest way to get them out was to promise them safe passage. They're out. Very few lives lost in the effort."


There isn't a town there anymore and the people are gone.  Nice job you evil cocksuckers. 

All Risk No Reward's picture

Exactly. Muppets that don't know won't do anything now that they do... and most still won't know.

Got The Wrong No's picture

But then again, there are white niggers. Was his statement redundent? 

brianshell's picture

Who is behind the enduring strength of Syria?

Not the US. Not Israel. Not Turkey. Not Saudi Arabia. Not Lebanon. Not Iran.

The only reason I can see  that Syria is emerging alive is because the people of Syria have stood their ground to protect their homeland against all the bullying and deceit that the world and regional powers can throw at them.

Its like they were a fledgling republic.

Speaking of endurance, consider Afghanistan.

Next, look at the fighting Kurdish women.

People who are backed into a corner can be fierce beyond your dreams.

BennyBoy's picture


Why the fuck has the US illegally invaded Syria?

Oooh riiight, big oil and pipelines.

SoDamnMad's picture

Correction, big jooish oil and gas in pipelines. 

Mr. Universe's picture

Don't forget all that Saudi Soda in the Golan Heights. Can't have Syria taking back their land can we?

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

US Double Cross the Saudis on oil? Pull out as a customer and promise them Europe, then quit on them after they're exhausted?

Bernie Madolf's picture

Don't forget about installing a RC CB

Just a few more holdouts

wildbad's picture was Russia. Thank you vlad.

Syria does have a big fat military though.

Giant Meteor's picture

No, but it may have been redundant ..

nope-1004's picture

Ya.... that "black market" for oil that was funding ISIS was my first clue.  The US imposes economic sanctions at will and manipulates global interest rates and futures markets, but that damn black market for oil is completely out of their reach.  LMFAO.

The entire thing was and is a lie.


auricle's picture

Never forget the black market oil that Russia came in and turned off. Once that was revealed you knew the US intentions were a complete and total lie to the American people.

BennyBoy's picture


The ISIS black market oil was sold to Israel at a steep discount.

Asshole CIA Muslims selling to asshole IDF Israelis.

HowdyDoody's picture

The US Treasury has a department whose whole function is supposedly to interdict terrorist funding streams. They did absolutely nothing about the blatant ISIS - oil business. Maybe the (((head))) of that organization should be called out publicly to explain why nothing was done.

NoDebt's picture

Perhaps we could refrain from using the word "bombshell" in the title of articles like this.


Giant Meteor's picture

Clam shell would work ..

Watch the pea ladies and germs, watch the pea ..

Benito_Camela's picture

Would "barrell bomb" work better? How about "chemical weapons"? 

Chupacabra-322's picture


How is this breaking Fuckimg News. Those of us paying attention know full Damn well the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA / State Dept. have been arming, funding & training terror organizations since the days of the Mujahaideen.

ISIS = I CIA SIS = Mossad.

Rubicon727's picture

You forgot to target the other criminal class: the US military.

These are despicable acts because they've caused thousands murdered, severely wounded, hungry innocent people. 

Every last one of these perpetrators should be thrown in a federal prison to let them starve to death.

pods's picture

Oh, just like we did to the German Army after WWII?


Kayman's picture

Step back, look around- who benefits from never-ending turmoil in the Middle East?  

ne-tiger's picture

More like we are their bitch

farflungstar's picture

It's only a bombshell because the MSM pukes are pretending to have caught on many moons after alt media and everyone else already knew about it  

falak pema's picture

stalingrad. didn't stop the victors who wanted nazi blood.

WTFRLY's picture


BrownCoat's picture

@ tmosley,

War is a "nightmare situation."

What is your solution? Obama's was to import ISIS fighters into the US and Europe!

booboo's picture

Since when has the concern for civilians been a major factor in US war policy. Before you get a case of the vapors I am talking about What they do and NOT what they say. Go look up civilian deaths in Iraq alone. When you fight an insurgent battle they all look the same. If the divided states of America chooses to invade a foreign country they don’t get to choose the rules considering they are already in violation of them.

BorisTheBlade's picture

And don't tell me bestest strongest brightest military ever to descend upon us has run out of JDAMs all of a sudden: 

Normally Aspirated's picture

Have you seen the photo's of what's left of Raqqa??

The US coalition couldn't give a shit about close quatered fighting. You've been watching too many movies.

They just bombed every fucking building from the air.