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    Default Bombshell Report Confirms US Coalition Struck A Deal With ISIS

    Bombshell Report Confirms US Coalition Struck A Deal With ISIS

    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 lose 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.”

    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 country 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 telling obvious and blatant lies concerning "boots on the ground" in Syria.

    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.

    What makes even the timing of Mattis' declaration of an open ended military commitment to supposedly fight ISIS [hypocritical] is that it came the same day that the BBC confirmed that the US and its Kurdish proxy cut a deal with ISIS which allowed for the evacuation of possibly thousands of ISIS members and their families [as well as their weapons - 10 trucks worth!] 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.
    http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives...eal-with-isis/



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    Turkey ‘Appalled’ US Backed Deal on ISIS Withdrawal From Raqqa

    Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement today saying they are “appalled” that the United States allowed the Kurdish YPG to negotiate and implement a deal to evacuate ISIS fighters from the city of Raqqa.

    Reports suggest some 4,000 ISIS fighters were evacuated from Raqqa as part of the deal, spreading fighters across Syria, and some of them escaped into Turkey, and presumably elsewhere abroad.

    Turkey was never happy with the US backing the YPG in the first place, on account of them being Kurds. They have presented this as vindication for their warnings that the US would regret supporting “Kurdish terrorists.”

    The statement said the deal amounted to Kurdish terrorists cooperating with ISIS to protect them from being wiped out in the battle for Raqqa, and said it was particularly outrageous that the US had supported the plan.
    http://news.antiwar.com/2017/11/14/t...al-from-raqqa/

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    Here's the original BBC report:

    Raqqa's Dirty Secret

    The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS 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 – hundreds of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.

    [...]

    The convoy would take three days of hard driving, carrying a deadly cargo - hundreds of IS fighters, their families and tonnes of weapons and ammunition.

    Abu Fawzi and dozens of other drivers were promised thousands of dollars for the task but it had to remain secret.

    The deal to let IS fighters escape from Raqqa – de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate – had been arranged by local officials. It came after four months of fighting that left the city obliterated and almost devoid of people. It would spare lives and bring fighting to an end. The lives of the Arab, Kurdish and other fighters opposing IS would be spared.

    But it also enabled many hundreds of IS fighters to escape from the city. At the time, neither the US and British-led coalition, nor the SDF, which it backs, wanted to admit their part.

    Back in May, US Defence Secretary James Mattis described the fight against IS as a war of “annihilation”.“Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to north Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa. We are not going to allow them to do so,” he said on US television.

    But foreign fighters – those not from Syria and Iraq - were also able to join the convoy, according to the drivers.

    Has the pact, which stood as Raqqa’s dirty secret, unleashed a threat to the outside world - one that has enabled militants to spread far and wide across Syria and beyond?

    [...]

    Despite an agreement to take only personal weapons, IS fighters took everything they could carry. Ten trucks were loaded with weapons and ammunition.

    Great pains were taken to hide it from the world. But the BBC has spoken to dozens of people who were either on the convoy, or observed it, and to the men who negotiated the deal.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/...s_dirty_secret

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    Russia Accuses US of Providing Cover for ISIS Fighters
    Says US Fighters Deployed to Prevent Russian Strikes on ISIS

    Russia’s Defense Ministry claims that the recent ISIS gains in the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal were facilitated by US forces, and that the US effectively provided air cover for ISIS fighters advancing on the town.

    According to their statement, US fighter jets were deployed into the area near Abu Kamal, where Russian bombers had been trying to carry out bombing runs against ISIS fighters, and prevented Russia from carrying out strikes.

    This allowed ISIS fighters in the area to regroup, and fairly quickly ISIS fighters from the surrounding area, backed by a large number of ISIS fighters in tunnels inside the town, fairly quickly regained control of the town.

    Abu Kamal is the far edge of Syria’s ground forces’ supply lines, and such a push relies heavily on air power. With the US and Russia not really cooperating on their respective air wars, they try to give one another wide fields of operation. Russia appears to believe the US took advantage of this to impede air support in this important border crossing.
    http://news.antiwar.com/2017/11/14/r...isis-fighters/

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    Very interesting

    I wonder if this explains the timing of the House resolution.
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    Default Russia accuses US of providing cover for the 'Islamic State' militia

    Russia accuses US of providing cover for the 'Islamic State' militia

    The US-led coalition in Syria tried to "impede" Russian warplanes from bombing "Islamic State" (IS) militia, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It also accused Washington of allowing the jihadists to regroup in Iraq.

    The fighter jets of the US-led military coalition were trying to hinder Russian airstrikes by flying inside the bombing zone in the Syrian town of Abu Kamal, Moscow said on Tuesday. The town is one of the last "Islamic State" (IS) strongholds in Syria, located on the Euphrates River near Iraq.

    In order to ensure "safe passage for the retreating IS forces" the coalition jets "were trying to interfere with Russian fighter jets which were active in the region" said the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    "With this goal, coalition fighter jets were entering the 15-kilometer (9 mile) airspace around Abu Kamal in order to impede the activities of the Russian air force," they added.

    Americans refused to bomb IS

    Convoys of IS fighters were fleeing the town towards the Iraqi border, according to the footage recorded by Russian military drones last week. The Russian military "has twice approached the central command of the US-led coalition and suggested joint strikes to destroy the retreating IS forces on the east shore of Euphrates."

    "However, the Americans categorically refused to conduct airstrikes against the IS terrorists, saying that, according to their data, the fighters were 'surrendering' and were protected by the Geneva convention on treatment of war prisoners," the Russian officials said.

    The retreating IS fighters were equipped with "military vehicles and heavy weapons," they added. Russian military also reportedly asked the Americans why the jihadists were "regrouping in the zone controlled by the international coalition to conduct new attacks against the Syrian army in Abu Kamal," but received no response.

    IS to advance American interests

    Moscow also accused the US of a plot to create a "pro-American" region on the Euphrates which would continue to oppose the Syrian government. According to the Defense Ministry, the routed Islamic Fighters would be sent back to reclaim the region themselves, but this time they would be flying the colors of the moderate Syrian Democratic Forces. The plans were dispelled by the rapid advance of the Syrian army, Moscow said.

    "These facts are conclusive evidence that the United States, while imitating an noncompromising fight against international terrorism for the global community, in fact provides cover for the IS units" in order to use them for advancing "American interests in the Middle East."
    http://www.dw.com/en/russia-accuses-...tia/a-41373237

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    Truth is a social construct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r3volution 3.0 View Post
    Very interesting

    I wonder if this explains the timing of the House resolution.

    At the same time (on the same day) Mattis states the U.S. military will stay in Syria indefinitely to fight ISIS even if there's no area left which ISIS controls, the U.S. military:

    • allows thousands of ISIS and their family members to simply leave Raqqa along with (according to one of the Syrian drivers) 10 full truck loads of heavy weaponry to spread all across Syria;
    • U.S. military fighter jets refuse to allow Russian fighter jets to bomb ISIS in Abu Kamal;
    • the U.S. military allows ISIS in Abu Kamal to leave Abu Kamal (with all of their weaponry) under protection of the U.S. military to apparently re-group in Iraq so that they can, again, attack the Syrian military on sovereign Syrian territory in Abu Kamal.


    This stuff makes me fume.

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    Default War on ISIS - Whose Side Are We Really On?



    War on ISIS - Whose Side Are We Really On?

    Over the weekend the very mainstream BBC published a blockbuster investigative report showing that the US was part of negotiations that allowed thousands of ISIS fighters and their families -- and tons of weapons -- to escape Raqqa in Syria [to let them scatter all over Syria, and this was repeated later in Abu Kamal] . At the same time Secretary of State James Mattis said the US cannot leave Syria until ISIS is defeated. What's going on here?




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    Russian military cites game screenshot as “evidence” of US ISIS support


    In now-deleted social media images, the Russian Ministry of Defense used what is almost certainly a screenshot from a mobile game as part of its supposed evidence that the United States military was supporting ISIS troops in Syria.The posts, which went up on Facebook and Twitter Tuesday morning, included pictures that the text described as "irrefutable evidence" of "direct cooperation and support provided by the US-led coalition to the ISIS terrorists." But as Kings College research associate Elliot Higgins noted on Twitter one of those pictures matches precisely with images found in an online trailer for AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron, a little-known mobile game from Byte Conveyor Studios. A warning from that trailer that the video was "Development footage / This is a work in progress / All content subject to change" was only partially cropped out of the Ministry of Defense posts, helping highlight the original source.


    The original tweet has since been deleted (archived here) and the Facebook post updated to remove the image from the game. Other images in the posts were seemingly taken from existing footage that the Iraqi Air Force posted of attacks against ISIS and remain up on Facebook.
    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/...-isis-support/

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCount View Post
    Russian military cites game screenshot as “evidence” of US ISIS support




    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/...-isis-support/
    Is that relevant to anything? Would you like to explain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCount View Post
    Russian military cites game screenshot as “evidence” of US ISIS support




    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/...-isis-support/


    It doesn't really matter. The convoy of ISIS leaving under U.S. military protection is fact. Even the U.S. military (after they were outed by the BBC) has now agreed that it's fact! From the BBC Report: "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. [...] It would take three days of hard driving, carrying a deadly cargo - hundreds of IS fighters, their families and tonnes of weapons and ammunition. [...] Another driver says the convoy was six to seven kilometres long. It included almost 50 trucks, 13 buses and more than 100 of the Islamic State group’s own vehicles. IS fighters, their faces covered, sat defiantly on top of some of the vehicles. Footage secretly filmed and passed to us shows lorries towing trailers crammed with armed men. Despite an agreement to take only personal weapons, IS fighters took everything they could carry. Ten trucks were loaded with weapons and ammunition. [...] The coalition now confirms that while it did not have its personnel on the ground, it monitored the convoy from the air. [...] Freed from Raqqa, where they were surrounded, some of the group's most-wanted members have now spread far and wide across Syria and beyond."

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    Quote Originally Posted by charrob View Post
    At the same time (on the same day) Mattis states the U.S. military will stay in Syria indefinitely to fight ISIS even if there's no area left which ISIS controls, the U.S. military:

    • allows thousands of ISIS and their family members to simply leave Raqqa along with (according to one of the Syrian drivers) 10 full truck loads of heavy weaponry to spread all across Syria;
    • U.S. military fighter jets refuse to allow Russian fighter jets to bomb ISIS in Abu Kamal;
    • the U.S. military allows ISIS in Abu Kamal to leave Abu Kamal (with all of their weaponry) under protection of the U.S. military to apparently re-group in Iraq so that they can, again, attack the Syrian military on sovereign Syrian territory in Abu Kamal.


    This stuff makes me fume.
    The silver lining of all this might be that people start to realize (or remember, if they ever knew) that the real goal of the US government is ousting Assad. A non/less-interventionist approach is more likely to get a fair hearing with ISIS-hysteria out of the way. I recall Rand (and the sane foreign policy he was advocating) getting a lot of really good press back in 2012, before ISIS became the big story.
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    Aiding and abetting.

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    #ReleaseTheMemo
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    Another oldie but goodie.

    Five Ways Washington Helped ISIS
    http://theantimedia.org/5-times-us-helped-isis/

    the U.S. and its allies — who are currently conducting military operations within Syrian territory without a U.N. mandate or permission of the Syrian regime — bombed Syrian troops … This attack … lasted for over an hour. … This aerial bombardment coincided with an offensive launched by ISIS militants … the aerial offensive was … in tandem with ISIS’s ground offensive …

    Since ISIS replaced al-Qaeda in 2014 as the top monster to fear, the U.S. has aided the group in a number of ways, both covertly and overtly …

    1. Mosul and Baiji
    In June 2014, ISIS crossed the Syrian border into Iraq, effortlessly taking the strategic oil-rich cities of Mosul and Baiji and almost making it as far as Baghdad. … they uploaded images and footage of drive-by-shootings, large-scale death marches, and mass graves (following the mass executions of Iraqi soldiers). ISIS militants claimed massive quantities of American military equipment, including entire truckloads of humvees, helicopters, tanks, and artillery, as their own. …

    What did the U.S. do in response? Nothing. In spite of all the American bases in Iraq … the U.S. [didn’t] do anything to stop ISIS rapid advancements. …

    2. ISIS oil revenue
    In documenting ISIS’s expansion, the media previously reported ISIS was enjoying a lucrative oil business in which they were earning at least $50 million a month. Who, exactly, was buying this oil? Mainstream media refused to investigate … the United States Air Force did nothing to try to eliminate ISIS’s main source of revenue. …

    Russian air forces began targeting convoys of oil headed into Turkish territory in November 2015. … satellite evidence … shows Turkey is the main importer of ISIS oil. The U.S. government disputed the evidence, [yet] offered no evidence of their own, … raised the question of why on … Russia is doing the job the U.S. claimed they were going to do. …

    3. Palmyra
    In May 2015, ISIS overran the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra … The capture of Palmyra risked the future of a UNESCO World Heritage Site … Once again, during this brutal takeover of a historic city, … American air forces were nowhere to be seen. … the U.S. had spent approximately over $5 billion USD specifically fighting ISIS yet somehow didn’t take the initiative to use the most advanced air force in the world to counter their offensives.

    4. Air drops
    In October 2014 … the U.S. Air Force [got caught] “accidentally” deliver[ing] weapons to ISIS … Further, Iraqi and Syrian troops repeatedly find ISIS militants with Israeli military equipment following victories against the terror group. Coincidence?

    5. Ramadi
    Just before the Palmyra offensive was launched last year, ISIS also took the strategic city of Ramadi. … U.S. forces sat on their hands during the entire operation. …
    #ReleaseTheMemo
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    #ReleaseTheMemo
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    Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams today:

    #ReleaseTheMemo
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    ZeroHedge:

    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 signaling an open-ended military presence in Syria.

    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. …

    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.

    Meanwhile Turkey once again reiterated that the US has 13 bases in Syria … 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.

    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 … and likely now includes thousands of US troops deployed on the ground,…

    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 cut a deal with ISIS which allowed for the evacuation of possibly thousands of ISIS members

    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 … 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 … 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. …

    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.
    #ReleaseTheMemo
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    More on the Washington's Rescue Operation for ISIS:

    Back in mid-November, Maj. Gen. Talal Silo, a commander and spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), defected from Syrian Kurdish territory into Turkey. …

    the secret deal, which the US approved, had Kurdish forces providing buses to evacuate every remaining ISIS fighter from the city, and that this was several thousand fighters. …

    officials invented reports of heavy fighting in Raqqa amount remaining fighters during the evacuation both as cover for the bigger evacuation and to keep journalists out of the area.

    Silo’s revelation is in keeping with other reports about the evacuation being much larger than officially admitted, with the BBC and other media outlets finding evidence that the evacuation was not limited to only a few “local” ISIS members as previously claimed. …
    #ReleaseTheMemo
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