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US Bombed ‘Empty Buildings’ in Airstrikes on ISIL in Syria

Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire

The US fanfare surrounding Washington’s bombing raid over Syria was immense. WIth all the hype, you’d have thought that it was a new Pearl Harbor.

With a risk of popping President Obama and the US State Department’s bubble, we need to ask: did the US bomb a load of empty buildings in Syria on Tuesday?

According CNN Middle East correspondent Arwa Damon (photo, above), residents from the town of Raqqa, in northeastern Syria had “mixed reactions to US strikes”. The reason given was a real shocker:

Damon revealed on air early Wednesday that ISIL terrorists who were held up in the town may have been tipped off weeks in advance to the US airstrikes on Tuesday. According to Damon:

“15-20 days before the airstrikes, (ISIL) buildings were evacuated, and fighters then mixed in with the local population”.

Maybe Damon let the truth slip out by accident, or maybe she was trying to do what US journalists so often are not allowed to do by challenging Washington’s prefabricated narrative. Regardless, CNN’s chief war enthusiast Wolf Blitzer did not feel the need to pursue the point.

This surprising admission by CNN would mean that the US military may have only destroyed empty buildings in Raqqa, and that Washington’s inflated claims of dead ISIL fighters are probably exaggerated. In other words, it was all a big show, and ISIL’s capabilities were not degraded at all by Obama’s celebrated US blitzkrieg in Syria.

EMPTY BUILDINGS: CNN’s report suggest a hollow victory by US on Tuesday.

CENTCOM Has a Leak

If ISIS/ISIL operatives did indeed have advanced warning of US airstrikes in Syria – as this CNN report definitely suggests, then we also have to ask, where was the leak? The most likely source of a leak would be from US CENTCOM located in Doha, Qatar.

The other possibility is that ISIS/ISIL financial sponsors in Saudi Arabia and Qatar had received word of the coming US operation and were instructed to vacate any potential targets.

No Chance of Transparency

Many military experts have questioned the US airstrikes as ‘ineffective’ because targeting static venues will not deter ISIS/ISIL, and these latest revelations will only reinforce that skepticism.

So how much can the public trust US reports of its own bombing campaigns? As far as gathering and verifying intelligence goes, how can we know if  US operatives knew who was where? Usually Washington can say anything and the mainstream press will not question it.

If you are a bona fide intelligence analyst, it can’t be easy – with political busy bodies and State Department geniuses revising their work, and then going back to the intelligence community asking for ‘authentification’ of various Tweets and ‘very chilling’ YouTube videos the White House has scraped-up off the web. As a result, assessments are often conflicting, and patchy – a running mess by anyone’s account.

Given that Washington DC has a diabolical no track record of being highly politicized when it comes to ‘intelligence’, it’s hard swallow anything coming out of Pennsylvania Ave.

At the end of the day, they tell us what they want us to hear.

“When war is declared, Truth is the first casualty.” – Philip Snowden (1916)




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  • Chris Sky

    that’s because it’s about destroying SYRIA… not attacking the CIA/MOSSAD mercenaries known as ISIS.

    • Alabama Mothman

      agree 1000000000000000000%

    • robertsgt40

      With Mossad agents running ISIS from the inside, it’s no small wonder they were “tipped off”.

      • Chris Sky

        you think it’s a “coincidence” that if you go to Mossad’s Official government web page, it’s known as :
        Israeli Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS). more like an inside joke.

        • Spineless Coward

          STFU GOY

          • Chris Sky

            LOL your name says it all, Zionist shill… Spineless Cowards… each and every one of you.

            and EVERYBODY knows. 😉

      • Muhammad Abbass

        Don’t forget the same scum also run the USA.

  • Alabama Mothman

    Peas and Rice, youd have to be the biggest idiot in the world to believe that total BS

  • OsNetDaily

    Right on the money this time…
    Bombing empty warehouses , weeks after they notified the targeted terrorists to flee the scene. Then there is also the bizzare “Khorasan” Psyop that few have noticed so far: http://osnetdaily.com/2014/09/khorasan-psyop-decoded/

    • xyz

      And so many fake beheadings to come, feeeding imbeciles most primitive instincts

    • joe green

      Most of our bombs during the V.Nam war fell on empty rice paddies. Uncle Sam JUST HAS to bomb something, or he’ll hyperventilate. Think of all the trillions of $ wasted on bombs alone. Meanwhile, our infrastructure here at home continues to crumble for lack of funds. Israel’s land expansion program is more important to Uncle Samuelstein, than his own people.

      • vlad the impaler

        youre full of shit too hippy,vietnam pilots were the best in history. and they were up against a superior aircraft,so they relied on exploiting its weaknesses and their superior pilots to blow the shit out of the n vietnamese infantry time and time again.they had sam nissles chasing them and 5000 were lost.so dont criticize those great men.the helicopter pilots were the best of all time too,now they cant even fly them from point a to point b without crashing.those chinooks would stand up with their nose in the sky to land in a tiny opening in the jungle always under heavy fire from those yellow sneaks,hiding in tunnels.booby traps ,poisonous snake pits torture mutilation,you name it the gukes did it and to americans,so dont sit there trying to drum up pity for the little bolegged bugeating backshooters.we we won every battle they engaged us in,although we were ambushed on a regular basis and thats how you chip away at the stone and the troops moral…they out waited us thats all and acted like they were chasing us out of there,but the only ones panicking were civillians.not servicemen.but those bombs hit their targets 90% of the time many didnt go off ,only to be used against us.so yes it was a bad idea but the bombs hit their targets.if they killed gukes it was a success.

  • xyz

    They want to topple Assad and erase Syria off the face of the ground, so simple. And take hold of its rich soil. Til then they will keep murdering civilians pretending they bomb ISIS stuff, ISIS, made in USA, IsraHELL, UK, Saudi Arabia and so on..

  • Zombee

    Bombing empty buildings instead of terrorists in Syria is another Obama BS scam that is politically calculated. Americas mistake has been the removal of the Arab dictators.Saddam Hussien was a brutal dictator. But Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and Syria were the only two Middle East countries where Christians felt safe. Although ruled by brutal dictators, they were secular. Instead of taking out Saddam, the U.S. could have taken his help fighting a bigger evil—al-Qaeda.

    • et Setera

      could have, except al-Ciada is a US control system invention (with a little help from it’s friends)

    • Muhammad Abbass

      You seem to forget those dictators were only seen as brutal because of US war propaganda. Al-Qaeda was always a CIA puppet. In truth Hussein and Gaddafi were much kinder and more honourable men and leaders than anything we have in the West. They were confronted with Western backed terrorism for many years which is the people they were brutal with as necessary. Above all they loved their people and worked for the betterment of their nations. This is why they were removed. The USA is not making honest mistakes you know, it is deliberately spreading chaos and terrorism.

    • daznez

      don’t forget libya. read about khaddafi and his green book and see what a great man. country and free revolution we bombed off the face of the earth.
      WE are the terrorists, or our governments are. someone should report them or something.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/stuntmanmike stuntman mike

    wagging the dog

  • Geezer

    It’s a Fake, Fake, Fake world. Fake terrorist, wars, food, weather, leadership, news, employment, inflation and it’s only going to get worst. Repent, Get Saved, Get Raptured. Jesus Christ is waiting and watching.

    • Ken

      A magical Jew that could walk on water, turn water to wine and fly his dead physical body to a non-physical heaven was created by a magical invisible dictator in the sky who raped a married women named Mary?

      • daznez

        in all fairness, the same forces that are behind all other fakeness we see are also behind all the fakeness in history and religion too.

        mary was married to jesus, well-documented. 3 kids too. and no, he wasn’t a god, or a blonde, but a palestinian freedom fighter/ leader. direct descendant of those whose job it was to preserve the ancient knowledge of atlantis before we sank it to save the planet. the ark of the covenant contained the tables of testimony, the true history and scientific knowledge of the human species.

        one last one: the knights templar were not so named because of solomon’s temple, but because they knew how to open the time-lock on the ark. latin for time is tempus. their history has also been distorted but put it htis way – the pope doesn’t order your extermination for no reason.

        peace & love & freedom

      • vlad the impaler

        totally believable and with a ring floating above his head.

  • mehmood mayet

    America must dispatch all her ground forces there . Her last performance was an abject failure

    • Muhammad Abbass

      America needs to get its criminal forces out of everywhere and take them home again. The world doesn’t need this kind of policeman. Interesting how the US idea of a world policeman seems to correspond to it’s own home grown police force. With the violence and rapes and looting, I can see what they mean now.

      • mehmood mayet

        Wishful thinking on your part. The more she spends the quicker her demise

        • shamu9

          Mamma Fook all you Hadjii Illegal Jassacks.

        • http://gayforit.eu Homosexual

          oh Muslims and their penchant for genocide

    • http://gayforit.eu Homosexual

      oh Muslims and their penchant for genocide…..

  • jim

    Well, that is certainly better than murdering a bunch of civilians. Everyone knows this is another illegal war, and is pissing off the very nuclear capable Russia, who is a strong ally of Syria. The real horror is going to start when the infrastructure and civilians are targeted.

    • vlad the impaler

      you actually think russia and china would attack the biggest free market in the world,where would they sell their stuff?vodka caviar ,and cheap chinsey plastic goods???theyd go broke,they need us,this is just a game of bluff,if anybody started a nuclear war the fallout from the aftermath would plunge the world into an ice age killing everything left on earth,so why would they do that?we are under threat of a muslim smuggling a nuclear device into an urban area and exploding it though.that will be the limit of the nukes detonated,but if we were to retaliate,well that would be that.

      • jim

        There are two streams of thought to consider. One is that the US has been bombing the infrastructure and civilian masses of Syria, and both trained and armed the invading mercenaries, which is their usual terrorist game plan, and Russia has entered the picture in order to quell this nonsense. The false flag in Paris on Friday the 13th will allow the stooge politicians, completely controlled by their Ashkenazi masters, to convince the retarded goyim masses to allow a full scale US / NATO invasion of Syria, thereby confronting Russia straight up.

        The second stream to consider is Life is purely magical, and the Cosmic Powers really do wish to end their failed Human experiment in Free Will. They had intended for the Humans to develop a group consciousness and develop a paradise whereby all would evolve spiritually. The opposite has occurred as the Human Race is a toxic goo that needs to be “auto claved” (a metaphor) as quickly as is possible.

        The Human Race will be mostly obliterated by the summer of 2016, the very last calendar year.

  • TypicalRaleighite

    How LONG can this [email protected] go on!? Don’t answer that, never mind

  • Muhammad Abbass

    As you remind us Truth is the first casualty of war, then since the USA has never stopped making war in its atrocious and cursed history, that explains why truth has died completely in the USA by now. I’d say without any doubt the terrorists were tipped off by Washington or it’s puppets. Since the USA and puppets created ISIS in the first place to create havoc in the Middle East and especially Syria, the idea of harming their pets isn’t even on the table. I expected they’d be bombing empty buildings and sand. Maybe they’ll be tipped off by IS leadership (who are not real Muslims but either impostors or Kafirs) about some targets which include fighters who are starting to question the phoney leadership and goals of IS. Obviously most followers of this abomination are just deluded and uneducated Muslims who actually believe in what they’re doing. Some of them have already jumped ship realising they were being fooled but others will find themselves the likely targets of US bombs, literally due to requests from IS leadership. “Abu Gold Rolex Baghdadi” the so-called caliph is a sleazy, lying sack of shit and about as true Muslim as the long legged mack daddy in the White House. Which is no Muslim or a kafir one at most. Muslims who turn against their own religion are Kafirs, so if Obama was ever a Muslim as so many bigots like to imagine he is, then he ceased to be one when he began killing Muslims just as the entire ISIS abomination did.

  • Ursula Bear

    Don’t these morons who want to rule the world ever get sick of themselves?

  • Jesus saves

    It’s the end of days. Theses things are going to keep happening. All we can do is pray. This is coming to America sooner then anyone thinks.

  • CharlieSeattle

    Obama tipped them off!

  • CharlieSeattle

    Obama’s Rules of Engagement, with apologies to: Bill Cosby – Toss Of The Coin
    www. youtube. com/watch?v=9MGYoCNU5es

    United Nations Referee to Captains of the FSA and ISIS….

    Captains step forward. Here is the coin, heads and tails. Captain of the FSA call it please! Tails? OK, here is the flip and …………its’s ……..Heads!

    Captain of the FSA, you lost the toss. Captain of ISIS, you may now set the Rules of Engagement.”

    ISIS can steal anything, sell everything, to anybody it wishes to fund its forces.
    ISIS will wear black clothes and black ski masks.
    ISIS can attack anybody anywhere.
    ISIS can hide behind trees and inside buildings.
    ISIS will not conform to the Geneva Convention.
    ISIS will commit genocide and cut of heads of anyone it chooses.”

    The FSA funding must hang on tepid US Congessional approval for every dime it needs.
    The FSA must wear red coats with white X’s front and back.
    The FSA must march in a straight line out in the open.
    The FSA must conform to the Geneva Convention.
    The FSA must only attack the “Bad Guys” we name in a pre-approved manner and time of Obama’s choosing.

    United Nations Referee whispers to Captain of FSA
    ……….Uhh, Bad Guys TBD at a later date.

  • Geezer

    Judgement Day will be here sooner than you think. Repent, Get Saved, Get Raptured. Jesus Christ is waiting and watching.