ISIS Overruns Syrian Army Base After US Bombings

US warplanes Killed 83 Syrian Troops Ahead of ISIS Incursion

In the defense of the Deir Ezzor Airport, the Syrian military has long depended on an army base in Jebel Tharda to repel ISIS advances. That base has been lost this weekend, after a disastrous series of US-led airstrikes killed a large number of Syrian troops defending the base, and ISIS quickly overran what was left.

For over 20 minutes, the coalition warplanes attacked the base. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the attack killed at least 83 Syrian troops and wounded 120 others. The US Central Command claimed they thought the base belonged to ISIS.

It does now. With the forces decimated by the US attack, ISIS quickly overran the base. Syrian state media claimed an ongoing effort to recover the site, but it does not appear to have been successful yet, as ISIS managed to shoot down a Syrian warplane, flying out of Deir Ezzor Airport, over Jebel Tharda.

The US continued attacking the Syrian troops until they were warned by Russia that they were attacking the wrong site. The US has since expressed “regret” but also condemned Russia for calling an emergency UN Security Council meeting over the matter, insisting everyone knows the US “would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit.”

Protracted anti-Russia speeches by the US Ambassador ended the emergency meeting prematurely, and has led Russian officials to remark that the incident is “suspicious” and reflective of the US refusal to coordinate in the air war against ISIS.

The US and Russia had brokered a ceasefire which went into effect last week, and included the Syrian government, meaning the airstrikes were a major violation of that ceasefire. Though the ceasefire was supposed to, after seven days, give way to a new coordinated US-Russia bombing campaign, it is unclear at this point if Russia has any appetite to attempt this anymore, as US officials continue to complain that they don’t trust Russia to keep up their end of the bargain.

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  • John Driessler

    Mistake my aching ass.

  • rybo1

    The evil of US policies knows no bounds. Any agreement will be useless by pre-prepared lies. Scraggly haired, Samantha Powers only needs a broomstick.

    • disqus_feN63FpcdG

      She’s 40 something, but looks like she’s 70.

  • ton

    Russia should increase its bombing campaign by relentlessly bombing either by air or with cruise missiles from ships in the Mediterranians, the terrorists positions in that particular area, so that the Syrian army can reclaim the lost ground.

    • Gary Sellars

      Assad, not Saddat. Otherwise however, you’re right on the money.

      • EAGLE

        Now the Russians respond by bombing a market placed in southern Syria and killing people shopping at the market…Im outraged guys!!! I’m sure they’ll call another emergency meeting at the security council and self report that they killed family’s who went out shopping…No more killings peace in the middle East…Right guys and gals???

        • Gary Sellars

          Sure, because US-backed terrorist bstards say so….
          Grow up, and stop facilitating Jihadi terrorism.

  • Ghostship

    Interesting, now that ISIS actually control the base, has the USAF/RAAF turned up to destroy ISIS? Not yet, and it isn’t as though they don’t have the correct coordinates – every day that ISIS remains in control of that base is another day of shame for the United States – state sponsor of terrorism. So perhaps someone should ask the White House to explain why anyone should care about trivial acts of terrorism on the United States.

    • smarty pants

      Why should we care about ‘trivial acts of terrorism’? If you don’t like it here, GTFO.

      • TellTheTruth-2

        Why should the USA be the # 1 terrorist state in the world?

        • disqus_feN63FpcdG

          Israel demands it. They want the USA to be just like them.

          • Kenneth Slayor

            You clearly know nothing about geopolitics or Israel.

    • disqus_feN63FpcdG

      The Russians will take care of it

  • John Ellis

    ”Syrian and Russian jets have attacked Daesh positions in Dayr al-Zawr following a US bombing which killed 62 government troops in the eastern town and allowed the Takfiri group to make gains.

    Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen TV said the attacks on Monday wiped out several Daesh positions and inflicted heavy losses. Two arms depots and several oil tankers of the Takfiri group were destroyed in the airstrikes.

    Daesh controls large parts of Dayr al-Zawr city as well as most of the province for which it is the capital. The terrorist group chiefly relies on oil fields in the province to fund its atrocious war in Syria.

    The Syrian army has been fighting it out against Daesh for the control of a key military airbase there. Syrian troops came under heavy US aerial bombardment on Saturday, which Damascus says was premeditated…

    On Sunday, a senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Damascus believed the US airstrike in Dayr al-Zawr was “intentional.”
    “None of the facts on the ground show that what happened was a mistake or a coincidence,” Buthaina Shaaban told AFP…

    http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2016/09/19/485388/Syria-Daesh-Dayr-alZawr-airstrikes

    • EAGLE

      What about the attacks in the southern Daara where numerous civilians were killed in Syria on Sunday by Syrian warplanes bombing the population…The cruelty it’s so sad…U.S should call an emergency meeting with the security council and demand they stop the killing of innocent civilians…peace in the middle East

      • TellTheTruth-2

        If you think the Ziocon war mongers want peace, you’re kidding yourself.

      • eric

        The Syrian government has a legitimate reason to be in Syria The United does not

      • Dockemeyer

        The war mongers want WAR – and women to sell and rape.

  • John Ellis

    There can be no form of Empire expansion more satanic criminal evil then to maximize profit by bombing people into body parts.

    • EAGLE

      Dream on people an attack on American soldiers would leave America no choice but to unleash the full force of the bases stationed throughout the middle East that has Syria surrounded.It sounds good Russia has a missile defense system but the U.S has them surrounded.Nukes in Turkey aircraft carriers destroyers and warships off the coasts.If I’m not mistaken Russia has one naval base stationed in Syria it’s only source of influence in the region.Did y’all forget the USA is a powerful nation.Flying missions on Russia’s borders daily if they won’t attack us there you expect them to attack us in Syria dream on people dream on…FYI…we got something for there middle shield it’s in Israel’s new defense package never bet against America….

  • TellTheTruth-2

    It’s time to get rid of the “out of control” CIA that started ISIS.

    • John Driessler

      J.F.K. was going to but those sweethearts took care of that.

    • Dockemeyer

      You must mean the CIA that started the South American drug cartels. Oh! And the very same CIA that runs illegal drugs world wide. Hmm. THAT CIA.
      I’m an American and I don’t trust my government, either.

      • TellTheTruth-2

        For good reason .. you study. 🙂

  • Not desiring to escalate the situation any further seems to be the procedure for now on the Russian side. I wonder if the political leadership is having to put pressure on their military to not respond with force at this point.

    • eric

      More American citizens consider Russia’s action and goals superior to NATO or the United States goals and actions in Syria . That is not a good position for the U.S. government to be in .

  • Mark Thomason

    The Russians are being backed into open combat with the US. They need to bite the bullet and just do it before Hillary arrives, breathing fire and determined on a bigger war.

    Russia will have to shoot down some of those US aircraft, and close Syrian air space to the US and allies, including Israel. It will be ugly, but all their other choices are worse.

    Putin is a hard-eyed realist, and likely will see this and do it. Expect trouble, big trouble.

    • disqus_feN63FpcdG

      Those S-400’s need to be combat tested

    • eric

      If Russia should request that the United States and its allies please leave Syria for a while . At least until we can finish off ISIS . I think U.S public opinion would back Putin up on this request . This would be a big embarrassment for the United States but they have it coming for being so backward . A consistent practice of bombing the wrong side over a period of many years

  • disqus_feN63FpcdG

    Time for the Russians to take the gloves off.

  • legal eagle

    Go ahead and trust that the US is good for their word when they sign a treaty, and see what you get. Oh, we already see it. The US is a state that sponsors terrorism; not clear enough yet?

    • Dockemeyer

      I blame Obama and his ilk for the acceleration of the bullshit, lo these last few years. I mean, the governmental corruption has reached new heights of filth and lies.

  • Don’t believe for a second that this was an accident. “Suspicious” doesn’t even begin to describe it. America is making sure that ISIS maintains an indefinite presence in order to keep Syria and Russia on their heels until they can figure out a way to hoodwink us into backing another invasion to save the world from their own f**king monsters.

  • This ranks right up there with getting pregnant from a toilet seat.

    • John Driessler

      Hillary did and you can see the result.

  • FreddyB

    “The US and Russia had brokered a ceasefire which went into effect last
    week, and included the Syrian government, meaning the airstrikes were a
    major violation of that ceasefire.”

    Pretty much destroys anything those terrorists from the USA have to say on the matter. Are we honestly supposed to believe that with all the intel and satellites the Americans have they “mistakenly” bombed the Syrian army? Not only that WTF where they doing making bombing runs when they had agreed to a ceasefire?
    The American people NEED to get back control of their government before they push too far and we need up in another huge war. Waiting for the election IS NOT an option as it looks like the warmongers are going full steam ahead.

    • Dockemeyer

      Obama was never elected, he was installed. That was the first act of aggression. He held the federal government hostage in 2013; federal employees and government assistance recipients were prevented from receiving their earned income/paychecks. Disabled American combat veterans weren’t able to receive government disability checks. Veterans who were disabled in the line of duty! No one could make mortgage, rent, utilities, etc OR buy food. This continued until Baby Obama got his way. Second act of aggression against We the People! Obama has been openly dishonest and the only transparency has been his blantant acts of law breaking and lies. He has used his position to the detriment of the Unitef States. He is false and obviously has a hidden agenda – corruption, corruption, CORRUPTION.

      • Richard Jones

        Who installed him? Was it similar to Bush 42 being installed?

  • abdul rasyid

    US gave Syrian Army a nice lesson about how feel bombed … We wait for next nice lesson …. Give them comprehensive lesson guys …

  • Kenneth Slayor

    Why include a map if you aren’t showing where the places named in the story are located? Silly jit.