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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King of Ruperts Land's picture

Careful impalement, so the condemned can be hoisted 12 feet off the ground alive. Similar to crucifixion. It is reported that "Vlad the Impaler" became skillful at this.

Not a pipe. Use a small tree pole (15-20 foot). Readily available in the field.

For a minute I thought you said pipe through the "ankle". If done quite slowly with a vice or hydraulics, that might be quite painful.

Those who want to destroy civilization really are stupid masochists or deluded sadists.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Or, Electric therapy, or gas therapy, or rifle squad therapy, of chemical injection therapy, or 38 special therapy, stone therapy, high altitude drop therapy. There are so many therapeutic schemes available that there is no excuse for lack of treatment. Perhaps we just need more practitioners.

WTFUD's picture

IS = Good People!

Did President Trump give Mattis the thumbs-up for Operation Syria Aftermath?

What a hypocritical Cunt, filled with the same BS that came from Clinton, Bush & Obama. LIES LIES and more LIES.

FFS VV Putin get those Parasitical Scum out of Syria. Wipe out just One of those Command Posts and the rest will flee like the sewage rats they are.

nevertheless's picture

If this was "leaked" or reported, it was becuase they wanted it that way.


This is part of a plan, maybe it is the rebranding of ISIS as "the good guys", or something even more nefarious. 


But rest assured, the same lyars that painted Obama as "liberal", and Trump as "conservative", when in reality they are both Zionist globalist stooges, are still in control, and pushing perhaps yet a new narative.


These fuckers painted a Zionist piece of shit like Chump, into a "patriot", if they can do that, they can do anything. 

nevertheless's picture

If this was "leaked" or reported, it was becuase they wanted it that way.


This is part of a plan, maybe it is the rebranding of ISIS as "the good guys", or something even more nefarious. 


But rest assured, the same lyars that painted Obama as "liberal", and Trump as "conservative", when in reality they are both Zionist globalist stooges, are still in control, and pushing perhaps yet a new narative.


These fuckers painted a Zionist piece of shit like Chump, into a "patriot", if they can do that, they can do anything. 

petroglyph's picture

Depends on what your definition of is is.

AurorusBorealus's picture

The support of ISIS and U.S. transport of French-Isis terrorists to safe havens from which to launch attacks on Europe will, no doubt, make American Great Again.  In the days to come, at least the French, if not all the Europeans, will certainly grow tired of "winning" Trump-style.  Now go back to clamoring for your wall... U.S. sheeple... as your ISIS friends prepare to butcher hapless Europeans.


Lucky Leprachaun's picture

If you feel you don't understand what's going on all you need do is ask what Israel wants. Because Israel pulls America's strings and America pulls those of everyone else. 

In this instance Israel obviously wants the USA to have a military presence in Syria so that's what the USA is arranging.

redmudhooch's picture

False Flags coming soon!


just the tip's picture


trump is safe

trump is deep state


Iwanttoknow's picture

three years ago, i was talking to a patient of my.She is ex -military, working the for NSA.When i aaked her for her current goal in life, she stated it was to fight ISIS.I tried not to laugh.i politely asked her that if we are really fighting ISIs, why is it still there.

johnwburns's picture

This about the same time that Trump stopped using the term radical islamic terror?

AgAuSkeptic's picture

There is no bombshell here, just regular military negotiations with enemy to minimize casualities, Assad's army did the same in Deir Hafer, Maskanah, Mayadin, Aleppo and many other places.

PrivetHedge's picture

a) Minimising ISIS casualities is an odd idea

b) Where are these ISIS fighters going to go - back to the US and Israel?

VZ58's picture

Here...fixed it for you:

"There is no bombshell here, just regular military negotiations with friendly forces to minimize casualities."

bluskyes's picture

So, .gov is allied with terrorists. Doesn't this make paying taxes a federal offense?

abgary1's picture

I don't know about being a federal offense but I find it morally repulsive.

madmax1965's picture

Shocking!  No shit!  Uncle Scam making deals with their pets, who would have guessed?

Pendolino's picture

The only bombshell thing about it is the state-run BBC said it out loud.

PrivetHedge's picture

That however is important, the first many goy serfs will hear of the US/ISIS collusion.

Deep Snorkeler's picture

The average American struggles for

consciousness and awareness. Americans fight

a constant battle against chronic ignorance

and cognitive lethargy.  Delusions, myths,

wishfulness and laziness are barriers to

understanding political-economic reality.


GoldHermit's picture

The only bombshell was the one we were going to drop on them if they did not leave. Mattis - leave or die it’s your choice. Made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.

VZ58's picture

Yeah ok, keep believeing that narrative...hey I got some land in the Florida everglades for ya also!

GoldHermit's picture

The only bombshell was the one we were going to drop on them if they did not leave. Mattis - leave or die it’s your choice. Made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.

DaiRR's picture

The 250 corporate members of the Council on Foreign Relations say the ISIS war in Syria must keep going, so the ISIS fighters were released as a humane gesture of good faith.  Keep the dogs of war unleashed.  What a terrible thing.

Omega_Man's picture

mericans are terrorists... eveyone attack them! 

Old Hippie Patriot's picture

This nothing new. The US made a secret armistice with Adolf at the end of WWII. In exchange for collapsing the western front and allowing the US to get all the, some even secret to this day technology, Der Fuehrer was allowed to U boat to Argentina and live out his life in obscurity. Operation paperclip imported Nazis who were incorporated into the CIA that took over the US with the assassination of JFK. Since then, almost every person with any power in Washington is sexually blackmailed by the CIA into allowing the continuing illegal drug importations from constant war zones. This is nothing new, either. The British flooded China with opium and many of the oligarchical families in the US got their fortunes transporting drugs to China for the British East India Tea Company.

Upland27's picture

You mean the (((Sassoon’s))) and other rootless cosmopolitans.

any_mouse's picture

The Syrian government does not get a say in this matter?

GTFO of Syria!

Israel Out!

abgary1's picture

Do you really think Syria and Russia give a shit what kind of deal the US and ISIS strike?

Russia and Syria will have something to say about the US saving ISIS.

Why is the US trying to save these sick bastards anyway? What, so they can reek havoc worldwide?

VZ58's picture

Why are they trying to save them? Because they created them, funded them and helped them attain power over all these years. Leave no one behind when they fight for your(US?israeli) cause. What a question.

silverserfer's picture

did the ISIS fighters all receive their comlimentary" What Happened" novel? 

TalkToLind's picture

Are there any goyim left who don't already know this?

moorewasthebestbond's picture

I'm going to throw this on the big pile of shockers and stunners I'm building out back.

any_mouse's picture

Same as in Vietnam.

Defoliation to destroy the agrarian way of life, and move them into urban areas, away from their homelands.

Creating more Viet Cong than were being killed.

Destroy their way of life. Radicalize them. Weaponize them. Release them.

Call sign CHAOS is in the house.

No rational adults allowed in the War Room.

indaknow's picture

Well the US should stick around. I mean they were invited in to help get rid of the turrists and all. It would be wrong to just leave after the Syrian government is now on the verge of securing their future. I'm sure Assad is very happy that Mattis is contemplating hanging around and opening new bases. Assad could probably use the Americans help getting the Russians out, after all... They weren't invited by the elected government of Syria. I mean when you really think about it, Isis would have ruined the entire country if it wasn't for the US................./s

Welcome to the fucking bizzaro world!


ItsAllBollocks's picture

So small scale American military bases in northern Syria are not American military bases just like moderate rebels are not terrorists and low blood pressure is now high blood pressure and Americans are not fools for letting their government do as they please.

NuYawkFrankie's picture

As any reasonably intelligent 5-year old could tell you:

ISIS is a bone-fide branch - the "TERROR Branch" - of the USSA/ISISrael War Machine!!

But - Surprise! Surprise! - that THAT would be all news to the likes of 'Mad Moron Mattis' !

THORAX's picture

Relax ZHers. Sun Tzu would approve of the,Trump strategies and tactics. 

yourlifeisamyth's picture

ISIS (Israeli Secret Intelligence Service). Thank you very much.

Posa's picture

So the US is seizing Syrian territory without even a fiction of legitimacy ... and yet Russia gets sanctions and troops on the broder after a vote by Crimeans...


This is why the US has to be driven out of the Middle East and Asia...

mendigo's picture

Imagine if the fed were to take away punch bowl.

The music would stop.

Which of course means it is off the table.

Only way to stop is for citizens to stop spending.

Lives are at stake.

falconflight's picture

Alleged Russian drone photos also include apparent footage from 2016 video showing Iraqi forces bombing jihadists

MOSCOW — Russia’s defense ministry on Tuesday posted images it said proved the US was aiding the Islamic State jihadist group in the Middle East, but social media users pointed out they included a still from a videogame.

The ministry’s official account said the black-and-white images were taken on November 9 near the Syria-Iraq border and provided “irrefutable proof that the US is providing cover to IS combat units.” 



But the monitor Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), along with a number of social media users, was quick to compare one of the images with an identical still from the wargame “AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.”

Other images posted to Twitter appeared to be taken from videos released by Baghdad’s Ministry of Defense in 2016, showing the Iraqi Air Force bombing jihadists near Fallujah, the CIT said.

AFP was able to compare the images in the emailed defence ministry statement with the images of the videogame on YouTube and confirm the resemblance.

The images were later deleted from the ministry of defense’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, and the ministry said several hours later that there had been a “mistake,” and published a different set of pictures, calling them “irrefutable proof” of US aid of IS.

“The defense ministry is looking into a civilian employee of one of the departments who attached photos to the defense ministry’s statement by mistake,” a new statement was quoted by Russian agencies as saying.

The military stood by its allegations saying “the refusal of US command to inflict strikes on ISIL convoys on November 9 is an established fact recorded in the transcript of conversations”.

‘Barrage of lies’

The US Embassy in Moscow said in a statement posted on Twitter that “the US is not going to spend time on the nonsensical claims by the Russian ministry of defense accusing us of complicity with ISIS, using images from video games and old photos of military operations in another country.”

“We need to focus on destroying our common enemy and not play games,” it said.

Moscow has previously accused Washington of “pretending” to fight IS in Iraq, allowing jihadists into neighboring Syria where Russia and the US have backed opposing sides in the bloody conflict.

US military spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon called the Russian statements a “barrage of lies,” saying they were “as accurate as their air campaign.”

“I certainly can’t verify but I have seen a report that one of the pictures came from a video game.

“So again, that is pretty consistent with what we have seen come out of Russian MOD as being baseless, inaccurate and completely false.”

Earlier this year Russian media accused President Vladimir Putin of passing off footage of the American military fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan as the efforts of Russia’s air force in Syria during a television interview.

The Kremlin denied that Putin had shown the wrong footage to the American director Oliver Stone during one of a series of interviews.

dirty fingernails's picture

ToI, quite the unbiased source.../s


falconflight's picture
Staff writer, Al Arabiya EnglishThursday, 2 November 2017 Text size A A A

The recently released CIA bin Laden files provide new details concerning al Qaeda’s relationship with Iran.

One never-before-seen 19-page document contains a senior militant’s assessment of the group’s relationship with Iran, the Foundation for Defense of Democracy’s Long War Journal reported.

The author explains that Iran offered some “Saudi brothers” in al Qaeda “everything they needed,” including “money, arms” and “training in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon, in exchange for striking American interests in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.”

Iranian intelligence facilitated the travel of some operatives with visas, while sheltering others.

Abu Hafs al-Mauritani, an influential ideologue prior to 9/11, helped negotiate a safe haven for his jihadi comrades inside Iran. But the author of the file, who is clearly well-connected, indicates that al Qaeda’s men violated the terms of the agreement and Iran eventually cracked down on the Sunni jihadists’ network, detaining some personnel.

Still, the author explains that al-Qaeda is not at war with Iran and some of their “interests intersect,” especially when it comes to being an “enemy of America.”

Bin Laden’s files show the two sides have had heated disagreements. There has been hostility between the two. Al-Qaeda even penned a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei demanding the release of family members held in Iranian custody.

Other files show that al-Qaeda kidnapped an Iranian diplomat to exchange for its men and women. Bin Laden himself considered plans to counter Iran’s influence throughout the Middle East, which he viewed as pernicious.

However, bin Laden urged caution when it came to threatening Iran. In a previously released letter, bin Laden described Iran as al-Qaeda’s “main artery for funds, personnel, and communication.” And despite their differences, Iran continued to provide crucial support for al-Qaeda’s operations.

In a series of designations and other official statements issued since July 2011, the US Treasury and State Departments have repeatedly targeted al-Qaeda’s “core facilitation pipeline” inside Iran.

Sources familiar with the intelligence used to justify those designations say they are based, in part, on the Abbottabad files. It is likely that still more revelations concerning al-Qaeda’s relationship with Iran remain to be found in the cache made available today the FDD stated.

dirty fingernails's picture

If an Iranian calling someone a "Saudi brother" doesn't set off your BS meter then you should probably return to the 'suspenseful extravaganza" of Dancing With The Stars.

PrivetHedge's picture

Bizarre isn't it, just as the campaign against Iran opens for their opposition to Al Qaeda the zionists decide to accuse them of aiding Al Qaeda at 9/11, despite the fact that Iran are both enemies of Saudi and Al Qaeda, the US is the one supporting Al Qaeda and that Mossad was the agency behind 9/11.

Inversions are the hallmark of satanism: black is white and white is black.

falconflight's picture

NEW YORK - A federal judge has signed a default judgment finding Iran, the Taliban and al Qaeda liable in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Judge George Daniels in Manhattan signed the judgment Thursday, a week after hearing testimony in the 10-year-old case. The signed ruling, which he promised last week, came in a $100 billion lawsuit brought by family members of victims of the attacks. He directed a magistrate judge to preside over remaining issues, including fixing compensatory and punitive damages.

Daniels signed findings of fact saying the plaintiffs had established that the 2001 attacks were caused by the support the defendants provided to al Qaeda. The findings also said Iran continues to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda by providing a safe haven for al Qaeda leadership and rank-and-file al Qaeda members.

During last week's open-court hearing, family members of Sept. 11 victims sat through a four-hour presentation from attorneys who cited evidence supporting their claims that Iran actively assisted the hijackers of planes that crashed into the World Trade Center towers, at the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania. Former members of the Sept. 11 Commission and three Iranian defectors also spoke.

It would be near impossible to collect any damages, especially from the Taliban or al Qaeda.

Iran has not commented on the ruling. ...