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USA actions 'destroying all except Islamic State' in Syria

USA actions 'destroying all except Islamic State' in Syria USA actions 'destroying all except Islamic State' in Syria
Melinda Barton | 12 October, 2017, 11:42

Russia on Tuesday accused the USA of only pretending to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq to purposely slow the advance of the Syrian army, which is backed by Russia, Reuters reported. "The continuing arrival of terrorists from Iraq raises serious questions about the anti-terrorist objectives of the US air force and the so-called 'international coalition.'" The US-led coalition sharply reduced its strikes on Iraq in September, as Syrian forces were beginning to retake Deir Ezzor, Konashenkov said in a statement.

The respite in bombing had allowed militants to cross the border and reinforce Isis' front line against the advance of the Syrian army, Moscow said.

According to the spokesman, on October 2-3 a group of 600 militants, previously based in the Rukban refugee camp, located in the American-controlled al-Tanf zone, headed westward in SUVs, and after covering some 300 kilometers entered the southern zone of de-escalation through a former border control point at the Syria-Jordan border in Daraa.

"The actions of the Pentagon and the coalition demand an explanation". "Is this change in approach from the United States and the coalition a bid to cause maximum disruption to the Syrian army, backed by the Russian air force, as it seeks to free Syrian territory to the east of the river Euphrates?" he asked.

Russian Defense Ministry asked for a clarification from Washington about the latter's attempts to turn the areas of the USA forces' presence in al-Tanf into springboards for ISIL terrorists to launch attacks on a number of sites in Syria's al-Badia.

The Russian claims come a day after the Department of Defence slammed allegations made by a Syrian army official that the USA was indirectly helping to arm Isis militants as "absolutely ridiculous".

Russian Federation has raised the alarm over some 300 Daesh terrorists on pickup trucks infiltrating through a US-controlled zone in Syria's al-Tanf.

U.S. forces would "continue to advise and assist partner forces as long as Isis remains either a conventional or insurgent threat", Mr Pahon added.