BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – Clear-cut evidence has emerged that the United States is retraining jihadist militants – most of them surrendered ISIS members as well as fighters of other militant groups with an ideology similar to that of ISIS – in east Syria and re-branding them as ‘democratic forces.’

After many, many months of complaints by Russian military and diplomatic authorities that US advisor forces in Syria’s east were retraining ISIS and ISIS-like militants, a video (shown below) released by the Deir Ezzor-based opposition media outlet Euphrates Post has confirmed it.

The video is the centerpiece in a puzzle of otherwise vague information that has been leaked about US intelligence activities in east Syria over the last year.

It should be made clear that the Arab fighters in the video below do not belong to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) proper, but rather a lesser known off-shoot militia called the Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC).

DMC forces are – unlike the SDF – the project of the US Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency, separate from Pentagon initiatives and bureaucratic processes.

Fighters of the DMC are on the Department of State payroll (i.e. individuals receive a paycheck) which technically makes them US-vetted mercenaries instead of just ‘US-backed fighters’ (that implying military support from US military agencies only).

The history of DMC forces prior to their re-flagging under US initiatives is interesting. Most DMC fighters fall into two categories:

  1. Syrian rebels or Euphrates tribesmen who merged into ISIS ranks during the terrorist group’s takeover of the Deir Ezzor region in 2013-2014 and then later surrendered to the SDF.
  2. Jihadists of the Al-Qaeda affiliate group Jabhat al-Nusra (as it was called at the time) who battled government forces in Deir Ezzor until 2014 and were later expelled from the region by ISIS (after refusing to join ranks) and then absorbed by US intelligence in Jordan.
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These are the ‘ISIS people’ that Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, General Valery Gerasimov warned about in late December 2017 when he claimed that over one thousand re-flagged ISIS and ISIS-like militants were being trained and equipped by US advisor forces in east Syria.

Over the last few days, and on at least one occasion before that, DMC forces have attacked positions of the Syrian Army and allied paramilitary groups in Deir Ezzor province without provocation (or any other kind of defensive pretext) at the towns of Khasham and At-Tabiyyah.

Both official SDF and other US coalition sources have failed to make any remark on the confrontational activities of the DMC and the simple reason for this is that neither the SDF (on its own) or US coalition bureaucracy is responsible for DMC actions – only the CIA is, and it has no obligation to publicly disclose information about its projects.

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Christ, the vile Yank scum.

I hope ever single one of these retarded US paid rats is eliminated.

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I wonder how the families of American victims to ISIS would feel about their government if they knew….but then again, they weren’t Jewish….were they.

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You mean the crisis actors playing their relatives? Those beheading videos of the western operatives/propagandists were STAGED in front of a green screen. No western operatives were killed by ISIS. Those videos were made to give the U.S. an excuse to bomb, invade and occupy Syria.
There were clearly two different couples playing the parents of James Foley (a huge propagandist pushing the Libya war and bombing). He is no doubt alive under another name.

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A jewish project.

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Why YoUS?

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ISIS is Trump, ISIS is America.

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Do you see SDF badges on them?

No you don’t.
Those are not SDF. Most probably ISIS remnants.

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The DeZMC is really the DaeshMC.

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Your videos DO NOT PLAY! Can your ‘programmers’ get it right?

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Video seem to play fine, what is your platform?

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Linux Mint Cinnamon. No flash, no cuckoo eggs.

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Should fly as we specifically push non-flash HTML5 videos for max compatibility, but support is checking to see if they can reproduce the problem!

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The player is black and it says “Unsupported video format”

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I forgot: if I copy the video’s URL and paste it into the address bar, it plays fine. Only when it is on your page it doesn’t play. IE: nothing is wrong with the video, nothing is wrong with my computer but your webpage is doing something wrong.

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Well what did we expect? ISIS does make a good bogeyman after all.

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I don’t get it. How is this video the centerpiece in the puzzle? How does this video lend support to a claim ISIS and Nusra fighters are being retrained by the USA and branded as the DEMC? Did one of them say, in Arabic, “hey I’m from ISIS but now I’m with the DEMC and the USA showed me how to shoot straighter and I receive a regular salary from the CIA”… ?

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I told all the hate spilling Kurdophobes here already months ago that the SDF label is only used by the Ziofascist Yankee empire for the whole Deir Ezzor operation. Long time to wake up and slowly acknowledge realities even for Al Masdar. Still missing in the article though is that the particular Arab tribes there (Shaitat etc.) were the first to join Nusra and Daesh after that as they’ve always been Anti-Syrian.

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The headline is a lie. The video confirms nothing, at least as it’s presented. Is that due to Illingworth’s amateurism? Is there real news here? The article shouldn’t have been published unless considerably improved.

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Based on the images, it is difficult to believe that they demonstrate something.

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What a useless article. A self made video trying to portray ISIS? fighters. They don’t look ISIS. Also, we don’t get a word they are saying. Not a problem because this is likely to be a false flag.

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Shalom, shalom, everybody knows they are working for “greater IsraHell”.