Confirmed reports tell of the “exfiltration” of an American general, a “household name” a network television military affairs correspondent who has been inside Syria and Iraq for some weeks, commanding Islamic State military operations in both Syria and Iraq.
The American, thought by Syria to be a CIA contractor, was discovered to belong to an extreme fundamentalist religious sect that shares beliefs tied to “End Times prophesies” with ISIS, in a tale right out of Indiana Jones. The Fox News regular traveled to “the Holy Land” in September 2014 and disappeared.
It was the morning of Saturday, May 16, 2005, when two successful raids were launched, albeit at cross purposes:
- An American raid destroying evidence of CIA involvement with ISIS and killing witnesses.
- A Syrian raid on a fleeing ISIS convoy
The American general in the Al Amr district of Deir en Zor, a command and control facility between Mosul and the ISIS military headquarters in Syria, al Raqqah, was discovered by the NSA through intercepts of encrypted communications, to be the target of a Syrian Spetznaz team. The Syrians were working with intelligence received by a Saudi officer captured two weeks before near Idlib, a town outside Aleppo.
If Syria could capture a senior American military official inside its borders, with inexorable proof of American complicity in the operational command of ISIS military forces, the Russians and Chinese would no longer be able to ignore the nature of the attack on Syria, according to high level sources in Damascus.
In a report confirmed in Syria and Iraq, the Delta Force team flew out of a secret base in Western Anbar, only a short distance from the Euphrates River, executed in extraction of the highly embarrassing CIA operative and “sanitized” the ISIS compound, leaving nothing alive but goats and chickens.
The recent US raid in Syria said to have been staged to grab ISIS “moneyman” Tunisian Abu Sayyaf happened, just not where said and for reasons given. Everything the American people were told is a lie. Around the world, even in Syria and Moscow, there was rejoicing among those who though America had finally, almost three years late, entered the war against ISIS. As we will see, this is hardly the case, far from it.
In the “Zero Dark Thirty” hours of Saturday, May 16, 2015, two Special Forces units headed across Syria, one from the East, the other from the West. One was American, Delta Force and the other Syrian Spetznaz. They were heading the same place, an ISIS command compound between Deir en Zor and Al Mayadin, looking for the same target.
Syrian commandos, coming off a series of successful raids against Al Nusra commands, killing and capturing Saudi, Turkish and Qatari officers in the process, had received unimaginably valuable intelligence from a prisoner taken in a raid near Idlib, between Aleppo and the Turkish border. They were told that an American retired general, US Army, had been employed by a UK based CIA contractor as operational commander for the Islamic State military.
Recent Syrian Army advances in Hasaka, to the north, threatened to cut off ISIS supplies from Turkey and Mosul and leave the force now slaughtering civilians in Palmyra dependent on sporadic drops of ammunition and supplies from Israel and Jordan by C130 cargo aircraft. It was this threat that brought the ISIS’ American operational commander back to Syria from Ramadi. It was then that he became vulnerable to Syria’s elite commandos.
American ISIS commander had relocated to a highly exposed compound along the Euphrates River, simultaneously commanding the two front war, Palmyra on the West and Ramadi on the East, both big wins for ISIS, rumored to no longer be able to stage this kind of comeback after months of what was supposed to have been an intensive bombing campaign by the American led “coalition.” Though these successes have electrified the world, the capture by Syria of key transit routes outside Hasaka was troubling.
A major command unit nearby escaped the American attack and fled south by vehicle convoy toward the Iraqi border. It was there, at Al Mayadin, that Syrian Special Forces intercepted them, killing one of ISIS top oil and economic “diplomats” and recovering a number of laptop computers.
The Iraqi Army “meltdown” at Ramadi is credited to a number of factors not taken into account, in an interview with former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. According to Maliki, Iraqi Army units deployed in Ramadi included not only ISIS sympathizers and strong opponents to the Baghdad government, but key commanders long known to be corrupt. It was as though “the worst possible units were poised to hand ISIS its greatest prize.”
Further complicating the situation, the United States used political, economic and “other” means to blackmail Iraqi president Haider al Abadi into keeping the powerful Iranian trained Shiite militias from moving into Ramadi against ISIS, and bolstering the retreating army. The militias had assembled at the Habbaniya Air Base, 30 miles east of Ramadi where they were held while ISIS took the city. Now the militias are all that stand between advancing ISIS brigades and Fallujah, followed by Baghdad.
It is not unreasonable to assume that the same organization that placed an American general in command of ISIS military forces was also instrumental in the combined State Department, White House and Pentagon move that led to the rout at Ramadi.
The Delta Operation
The American operation was launched from Ain al Assad Air Base in Western Anbar Province. Flight time for the operation was an hour and fifteen minutes each way. Ospey rotor/tilt fixed wing aircraft and Blackhawk helicopters were used. The Iraqi government had been informed that this would be a “demonstration of American special operations capability.” The Iraqi government quickly approved though no details were given out of need for secrecy. Little did the Iraqi government guess how secret the operation was to be.
Details on the action were reported by the Department of Defense to the media. There is no confirmation if any of the details given are accurate with the count of ISIS and/or collateral dead given between 14 and 60, highly divergent figures.
ISIS’ “Indiana Jones” Conquest of Palmyra
From a White Paper covering the analysis of documents discovered in the convoy wreckage at al Mayadin:
A laptop computer seized in a raid on an ISIS stronghold last Saturday may well have exposed a bizarre plot right out of Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones. Analysis may yield evidence of a strange “brotherhood” connecting cults within not only Israel but the US and European freemasonry to the planned destruction of two religious sites, one very real, the al Aqsa Mosque on the Holy Mount in Jerusalem and the second, the mythological Second Temple of Suleiman or Solomon, son of King David of Israel.
The story encompasses more than a minor dose of the supernatural, armies of demonic genies building temples and a melding of Masonic-Templar myth with Zionist expansionism and Christian “Dominionists” end times prophesies.
The Fall of Palmyra
The ISIS drive on the ancient city of Palmyra has a special significance, according to documents seized on May 16, 2015 by Syrian Special Forces units in a near dawn attack on al Mayadin, along the Euphrates River.
The al Mayadin attack, simultaneous to an American attack only a few miles further north along the Euphrates, brought both nations a trove of vital intelligence. Documents found on a laptop used by a top ISIS commander showed direct communications via “social networks” with Israel, but that isn’t all that surprising nor is it what is of real significance. The message received from Israel had several startling elements:
- Orders for the ISIS drive that took Palmyra came from Israel but also reference “the freemasons,” a group whose historical origins are tied to the Knights Templars, a religious and military organization believed to have discovered the First Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem and to have looted its gold and artifacts.
- The document orders ISIS to find and destroy the Second Temple of Solomon to be found in Palmyra, long the subject of “fringe” archeology, and thought to be a mythological site built by superhuman beings or even extraterrestrials.
- The document goes further, indicating that Israel will destroy the al Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam that has been under attack by Israeli settlers in recent weeks.The ISIS drive on Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an incomparable archeological treasure was carefully coordinated with a drive that took the Iraqi city of Ramadi and a Turkish backed drive on Aleppo by Al Nusra. All three operations were totally unhindered by US and “coalition” air attacks, curiously so. Moreover, reports from Ramadi of American C130 aircraft resupplying ISIS units have multiple confirmation despite US denials. When questioned about this, US Army Special Forces representatives blamed Iran for spreading the rumor as part of a psychological operations ploy despite the fact that the US had previously admitted to “accidentally” resupplying ISIS forces near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. The Kobani “accidents” happened several time over a period of days during the height of the battle there.
American special operations units had been advocating operations against ISIS for many months. They had been stonewalled, no reasons given for the stand down of America’s finely tuned and massively expensive capability built over the two plus decades of continual war in the Middle East and Africa. This operation, supposedly against the ISIS “oil minister” was a strange duck indeed.
Cutting off ISIS oil sales and the incumbent cash influx would be easy, bombing the Turkish pipeline, using drones over the transit roads to the Turkish refineries or sanctioning anyone involved along the way, which could and most likely does include American and European oil companies and dozens of banks. Sanctions are a way of life for American foreign policy and strangely absent in dealings with Al Qaeda and ISIS, as absent as military special operations with two exceptions.
One is the strange tale of the killing of bin Laden, carefully resold by Seymour Hersh, carefully wrapped in appropriate contrived controversy, that raid and this one.
Though this one may not involve a frozen corpse dropped into the sea, the idea of the Delta Force spiriting a religious crazed TV pundit “Napoleon” away from Syrian forces may well make the best story of all. Better still, this one is true.