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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Blankone's picture

The fact that Syria does not have the S300 is widely known and it is only the Putin fan boys who keep claiming otherwise. ZH recently had a story about how Syria only had the S200, and that it was ancient. Russia themselves countered claims by Syria (maybe a couple years ago) that it had been delivered.

Further, when Syria fired upon Israeli jets they use the onld S200. They did finally manage to ding one, which then flew home. But a proper S300 would have knocked it down. Of course the Putin fan club claims Syria allows itself to be bombed by Israel because they do not want to show they have the S300, or only want to fire one if there are an entire fleet of bombers attacking, or maybe because they like being bombed.

It's the same people who claim Iran has the electronic ray cannon that can take down a squadron of fighter jets and disable battleships.

aliens is here's picture

Why is a bombshell report? We all know dead ISIS brings in no business. You let them go to fight another day you get to buy more bombs and bullets.

Dark star's picture

Semantics are important.

The word "Terrorist" is reserved for those who oppose the CIA's current "Plot of the day".

Those furthering the CIA's interests (however vile) are referred to by whatever is the current name in vogue at the time, hence the statement that the US "does not deal with terrorists"

The U.S needs to keep some troublemamkers in Syria for the inevitable false flag attacks to blame on Assad. (Again)

The convoluted lies being used to explain US policy in Syria are becoming more preposterous by the day.

shovelhead's picture

Another conspiracy theory becoming conspiracy fact.

I hate when that happens. Makes it hard to be a conspiracy theorist. Good thing there's a bumper crop of conspiracies out there, but it's hard keeping up.

Brazen Heist's picture

It's no longer a secret that the US empire is in cahoots with terrorists. 

Fuckers need to get kicked out of Syria along with ISIS.

ssgredux's picture

We need to get ourselves off oil or anything else the middle east has to sell and starve them all to death, immediately.

This is a recording

since 9/11/2001

Cafe Baghdad's picture

We have all heard of Rothschild and Rockfeller, but ontop of them sits David Sassoon, master of asian opium.

He was thrown out of Baghdad in 1812 and everything in the Middle East is about him regaining control.

Everybody works for him. Everyone in the USA and everyone in Europe.

His son Abdullah anglicised Albert married Aline Caroline de Rothschild in 1887.

konputa's picture

Negotiate? Struck a deal?

No mention of McCain seen dining with ISIS leaders multiple times?

What about the US ally, Saudi Arabia, supplying them with a steady supply of Captagon and Scopolamine being transported by private jet?

What of the fact that ISIS is on record having offered official apologies for "accidently attacking Isreal"?

What of the US federal small biz bid opportunity where the gov was looking for AK-47s and millions of rounds of 7.62x39?

Bombshell my ass. It's been in the open, for years, for all to see.  They are stunningly arrogant and love to rub it in your face.

Jkweb007's picture

This is nuts. Russia will not tollerate having its troops at risk. Russia will likely provide satelite intel to iraq and Iran putting big bullseye on American troops. I am sure Turkey does not trust the u.s.

Once a civil war happens in Saudi Arabia things will go from bad to worse for us.

War is breaking us we need to get out and help Americans!

Blankone's picture

A Russian General was recently killed in Deir. Resulted in a few bombings but the ISIS guys avoid it by parking close to US outposts.

Russia, according to ZH, has agreed to force Iran to leave southern Syria and the all of Syria.

Russia is supplying the S400 to the Saudi's but refuses to supply to Syria.

The article says there are 13 US bases already. Locations would then be known to Iran already.

Russia/Putin is too afraid to do anything (not even supply the S300 to Syria) but you think Iran will?

JohninMK's picture

Comment by sentence:

- Agreed re the General. But never heard that about ISIS positions and I read a lot on the subject

- Israeli rumour

- Saudi won't get them for years if they ever do as this type of deal with them has failed in the past. We don't know if Syria has even asked. They have medium range S-200 SAMS, the short range Pantsir would probably be of more use

- anyone with a satellite knows where those bases are

- Russia has no need to supply S-300 to Syria, anyway the main role of their S-400 systems is to protect themselves.

In reality Russia wants peace not a fight with the US or Israel. That is their diplomatic USP compared to the US.

Blankone's picture

Russia supplied photo's showing ISIS close to US outposts and noted there was interaction and shelter.

The story about southern Syria has not been confirmed. I've been waiting for RT to run a story. But if it is confirmed then it is horrible betrayal by Putin.

Saudi could get them in a month, or a year. If has been well known and reported that Syria has asked. Syria even bluff and claimed they had been delivered only to have Russia to immediately state such claims were false. The S200 is ancient and if those types of lessor systems were sufficient Syria and Saudi would not seek the S300 and S400.

While Russia has no need to supply the S300 it also shows that Russia has no desire to allow Syria to defend themselves from Israel and US bombers. And yes, the S400 held by Russia in Syria are for protection of russian forces only.

Doom and Dust's picture

LOL at everyone who still even thinks ISIS is America's enemy. It's not, never has been. It is its ally - well Israel's of course. Clue is actually in the open torture and cannibalism.

A friend and former family member of mine went to Syria to fight for the YPG. He said the Americans would fly fake bombing missions against ISIS, sometimes 'regretfully' attacking YPG positons instead.

This friend as a former commando used to fight alongside Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq. He used to take to them, said they were honorable people. Now he can't stand anything American and gets fired up by just seeing a yankee flag.

Fake ass country captured by a tiny ethno elite employing its population as slave soldiers and sex slaves, he says. 

At the time I thought he was exaggerating but by now I concur in fact, it's even worse. America has become a country possessed by demons.

RussianSniper's picture

Nothing really new here.


Anyone with half a brain completely understands the USA is the de facto Evil Empire, casually carrying out atrocities and war crimes with absolutely zero fear of retribution.


People should be sick to their stomach when they find out just what exactly Bush I, Bush II, Obama, Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and their henchmen, did to the people of the middle east.

Stan522's picture

Who the fuck is running this country.....?

Is there anyone who doesn't lie...........?

Consuelo's picture



If you are referring to U.S. foreign policy, I think the answer has been fairly clear now for decades...

Yes, there are those in our political leadership class who do not lie, but their voices are muffled by the aforementioned entities which infest the halls of Congress, the intelligence agencies and the media.    When the connection is finally made, and the fear of being labeled an 'anti-semite' is brushed aside for what it is, then the light of truth will leak through.   In fact, that is already beginning to happen.

HRClinton's picture

Re.. "Who the fuck is running this country.....?"

A:  The Deep State (DS) and the Kosher Nostra Zio-Mafia.

Consuelo's picture



 I read this twice and unless I am getting sloppy, nowhere within this important piece which involves a large geographic area, personnel, strategy and $funding, did I find any mention of arguably, the key player in the entire region.   

Funny, that...

Not only the key player, but the key instigator and driver the chaos being sewn and the death & destruction which follow.




JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

The Donald just needs to apply a 50% tariff on white Toyota pickups shipped to the middle east.....

DEMIZEN's picture

gives to "we dont negotiate with terrorists" a new meaning.

gdpetti's picture

Or the 'no new taxes'... etc etc. But the Turks, Kurds and all our of mercs should understand what we mean by 'long term'.... WallStreet is a good example... as long term can be anything from holding your position overnight to holding it over the weekend... anything else is just folly for the puppet show... not a problem for the puppets, assuming Erdo the Idiot and his Kurdish 'friends' realize their roles in this farce.... everyone is laughing,  no?

Juliette's picture

What else did you expect?

US = Israel = ISIS


Emergency Ward's picture

Don't leave out the Petro-Wahhabist KSA.

HominyTwin's picture

Without air power, there is no American Empire. Is it so hard to make an attack drone that can fly at speeds of a manned jet? They make hobby planes with real jet turbines for chrissakes. It could only operate at short range because of need for real-time control, but that is all you need for defense. Integrate it with ground based radar, and then basic air-to-air radar, and the American air force would be finished, for good. It would also mean the end of Israeli domination of the region.

Benito_Camela's picture

There are all kinds of "manned jets" - are you referring to an A-10, low flying attack plane? Drones cannot carry as many heavy munitions. Frankly these trillion dollar fighter jets are a waste of money anyway. What are the odds that any coming war is going to be decided with supersonic capable jets dogfighting it out in the skies? A supersonic drone sounds even more ridiculous. 

css1971's picture

Yes it is.

Hobby jets are not nearly as performant as real ones. The fastest is about mach 0.5 and power required goes up with the cube of the speed you want to go at. Power is How fast you consume fuel, so you have to cube the fuel carried as well. This feeds back into extra structural weight. And that's just speed.

If intercepting jets was that easy, everyone would be doing It and US planes would be falling out of the sky. Raytheon  wouldn't be able to charge so much as they do.

You are suffering from the Dunning- Kruger effect. You are incompetent,  but because you are incompetent,  you don't realise that you are incompetent. Common problem on the internet.

Laughing.Man's picture

We'll see more of that once AI becomes more advanced.

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Old news. It should have been obvious when the Russians with less planes and support structures downgraded ISIS in weeks, while the USSA never put one dent into ISIS capabilities. How many reporters on the ground in Syria, was telling and showing the world, the ISIS oil convoys and the money trial? 

The USSA media was not interested and Obama and Trump both lied. They all lie. Honestly? It was obvious when the French did nothing as expected, after the theatre massacre. I said on this forum, why are France going to kill their proxy army? I laughed my tits off at the fools with their Facebook french flags saying "Je suis Francias."

Every ISIS attack around the world, has our paw prints. We condemn ISIS with one hand and fund them with the other. Shame on the USSA, UK, France, Israel and every other ally in this shitshow with the USSA. ISIS attack in New York, and not a Yank politician, or MSM network explains the obvious to its dumb as shit audience. It's just lies, built upon lies, built upon lies.

XWeatherman's picture

I am surprised that European governments tolerate U.S. treachery of:

1. aiding ISIS terrorists to escape destruction by legitimate Syring government

2. redirecting said terrorists to Europe to carry out plans of terrorism there.


Are European governments co-conspirators with U.S. in destruction / terrorization of their own citizens?

Doom and Dust's picture

I suppose eurocucks are powerless to stop it and become co-conspirators by default. But the fact that in most EU countries, mudslime youngsters are allowed to go fight for ISIS without losing their citizenship and being court-martialled for fighting for enemy powers, are actually being welcomed back and given house and welfare when they return, and believed when they say they were just a cook, IT, engineer etc. - well that should tell you something.

((They)) have all Euro pols in ((their)) pockets, and the goal is maximum mayhem to turn white Europe into Israel-supporting zombies like their American cousins (thrid degree).

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Europe especially my beloved Great Britain are willing accomplices and need no arm twisting at all.  The UK is just a junior partner, in USSA imperial missions and plunder. For a share of the bounty, the UK will give the USSA good PR, political at home and in the UN and defend the indefensible.

The next phase is for ISIS to now flow into the Sahel, where the next reign of terror and MIC gravy train begins. Killing sub-Saharan African niggers will get as much airtime as Mohammed getting killed. Savages and all. Jobs for Americans working in the African mining sector and Anglo-American mining profits take priority. How else will a nation @5% of the worlds population, sucking 24% of its resources survive? On exceptionalism? 

driftr's picture

Including the lie that the New York attack was a 'staged' event.

Gohigher's picture

FFS ....
At this point, what does matter ?
I don't see anyone marching on the Houses of CONgress. And I do mean their personal houses.

All we can do is TERM-IN-ATE them at the ballot box, and time is short.


gespiri's picture

This is old, bullshit news THAT WAS REPORTED BY RT.COM 2 MONTHS AGO!!!!  The same that the DOJ, BBC, US State Dept are trying to ban from the US and Europe for reporting the truth outside their narrative.

Savyindallas's picture

Yes but RT just registered as a foreign agent. Can we still trust them? 

Hell yeah. 


Benito_Camela's picture

Mattis indicated that even should ISIS loose all of its territory...


Get a f*cking copy editor you clowns. 

Sonder's picture

What, did people actually think when we said "the U.S. created ISIS" we meant purely as fallout from our meddling in the Middle East? No, we literally created them, provided them with funding, equipment, and training in a bid to destabilize and replace Russia's ally. When that seemingly obvious revelation strikes, one really starts to question just how organic other terrorist organizations and their major attacks have been. Just how deep does this rabbit hole go? 

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Is Trump okay with Syria having "10 forward bases" in America and a "permanent presence" here?

If not, why not? Why do we get to have bases and boots on the ground in their sovereign nation, but they don't get to do the same in our sovereign nation?

Sonder's picture

Same reason as always we're puppets of the Tribe, and the rules don't apply to the Tribe.

SpanishGoop's picture

If Iran or Russia has it we want it.


Assad will soon have time enough to focus on kickiing uninvited people out of his country.


Son of Captain Nemo's picture

When desperate, delusional, ugly and stupid have a "child" (!...

I rest my case!!!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Oh... "RINSE" AND "REPEAT" for Brussels!...

Heroic Couplet's picture

"justifying permanent US military presense" this is exactly why I want to see Mike Flynn indicted

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Maybe Russia needs to send this in a "mail" uniform to 10 Downing Street with a "package"?...

turkey george palmer's picture

I tell ya, the stench in Washington is just unbelievable. Who could ever imagine a worse situation.   Israel will work up some kind of false flag attack and it will be Iran or Hezbollah as the fall guy.  There was a Marine corps barracks in Lebanon once. How did that work out  or is that the play book again

Mena Arkansas's picture

What Did Mossad Know, and When?

Mr. Ostrovsky's most sensational charge is that Mossad, having learned from an informant in Beirut in 1983 that a Mercedes truck was being prepared to hold bombs, guessed that the target might be an American installation there but never gave this information to the United States. Instead, he alleges, Nahum Admoni, the Mossad chief, decided to pass along only a ''general warning'' that someone might be planning an operation against the Americans. On Oct. 23, a yellow Mercedes truck crashed through the flimsy barriers of the United States compound and blew up a barracks, killing 241 United States Marines.

Israel - Our Greatest Ally!!

JDLLDJ's picture

You can always trust a Jew to stab you in the back

HRClinton's picture

That's why (((they))) should be nuked with 1-50 MT drops, to rid Earth of this Zio vermin's HQ.

Alas, being a global network or (((z-rats))), they'd just reboot and start elsewhere. We have a global rat problem.

Isn't there a targeted/designer Bio-weapon to take out only the (((Z-Rats)))? You know, Roundup for (((Z-Rats)))?