DAMASCUS, SYRIA – ISIS launched a surprise offensive on the Tanf Border Crossing between Syria and Iraq following a powerful car bomb attack on the border outpost which killed three insurgents from the FSA’s Osoud al-Sharqiyah (Lions of the East).

US-backed Syrian rebels were quickly surrounded by a group of ISIS fighters who have prowessed desert warfare and maneuvers prompting US and Jordanian troops to intervene hurriedly to lift the pressure off their Syrian allies. Some 20 US tanks and armored vehicles were allegedly involved in repelling the ISIS assault.

Jordanian jets were seen by eye witnesses; though it remains unknown whether airstrikes were carried out. Whether this is a minor intervention limited to protecting FSA fighters allied to the US-led Coalition or a prelude to a much more expansive operation aimed at expelling the Islamic State terror group from the Syrian Badiyah (desert) is yet to be seen.

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Notably, a US-led effort last year with the now-disintegrated New Syrian Army (NSA) to seize Al-Mayadeen faltered pathetically as ISIS captured dozens of fighters, armored vehicles, and US equipment following a swift counterattack.

The new US administration may be interested in renewing such efforts against ISIS as the weakened terrorist group collapses on several fronts across Syria and Iraq losing grip of Mosul and inching closer to fated doom in its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa as the predominantly-Kurdish SDF lays siege to the city.

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  1. The betrayal of ISIS by the US and other governments that are content to use these barbarians for geo political ambitions in Iraq, Syria and other Middle East nations that the West covet will not end well for the West.

    ISIS have demonstrated all too clearly that their personal suicide is a badge of honour in their crazed minds. Every week now the West witnesses murderous assaults IN the EU and even some in the US in the past year.

    The West is now sacrificing ISIS as a gift to Mammon ( and of course public opinion) whilst assisting Al Nusra killers to create the chaos that the West thrives on.

    • Rex Tillerson says the battle against ISIS “is being coordinated somewhat with the Syrian regime…”.
      Yeees, you red it well! I think we’re in SNAFU, FUBAR or Charlie Foxtrot (CF=acronym for… Clusterfuck). It’s great for… Arms dealers!
      I don’t think there is a “West” to see anywhere as a conglomerate, was it the case, let’s be clear : you’d have a direct NATO intervention, nothing less or more and west doesn’t need the UNSC to do so, the EU council is enough. The sole power you may link to ISIS is Turkey, through the blood oil and antics smuggling. Zarqawi split from OBL/Zawahiri and became ally with Iraqi Saddamists, anyone with some understanding of strategy will recognise al-Douri style in the blitzkrieg IS led in 2014, especially Iranians, ask Soleimani about it, I’m sure he’ll confirm, he knows about it more than me. The roaches clearly lost in efficiency since al-Douri broke with them for obvious political reasons. Nonetheless, all the initial chain of command was made from Iraqi brasses in Saddam’s army or intelligence services.
      Sincerely, do you really think EU has interest having all this shit at the border? Be real for a minute! These rats are a pain in the ass for everybody, so is Erdolf. You have all clues converging to Turkey, Qatar and KSA and the HRC gang behind all this shit. If there is thrive, it’s not in such direction, the problem being economical interests over it added to traditional turfs.
      It’s far to be as boolean as the way you see things. Now the only clever thing to do and it’s why I don’t really like the posture the 180° U-turn Trump is doing, is to let the Russians take care over the turf, now, he may be acting in this way in order to look like he’s against as you have US MSM pressuring russophobia and also sinophobia as the MIC has serious interest in it or else, the business may crash…
      A real headache to manage! Especially if you want to avoid economical hits as there are multiple layers of antagonistic interests that even have nothing to do with Syria…

  2. For that rescue to happen, there must have been one or more high value assets in the group of ‘carefully vetted moderate head-chopping’ rebels – some SF helpers perhaps.

    • Visibly NySA was renamed MaT and they were the ones in trouble with ISIS.
      There was ISIS activity on the 2 sides of Iraq/Syria border at the same time in the al-Waleed/At Tanf area, coordinated from the Rutbah desert in Iraq and Albu Kamal in Syria, add to this a car bomb attack against the al-Raqban refugee camp.
      It makes more sense now : MaT/NySA was surely not able to cope.

  3. Stop calling them rebels, they are mercanaries hired by the US and Israhell to kill innocent people and destroy another country. They are not Syrian and this is not a civil war.