Russian Federation accuses United States coalition of hampering its anti-IS operation in Syria

Lester Mason
November 14, 2017

But they did not provide any answer to the query why heavily armed IS militants were regrouping in the zone under the control of the worldwide coalition for new attacks on Syrian troops, the ministry said.

The US refused to conduct airstrikes over the leaving IS convoy.

In violation of a previously reached agreement, attack aircraft of the coalition entered the airspace over Abu Kamal to hamper the work of the Russian air force, the ministry said in a statement. The Russian military "has twice approached the central command of the US-led coalition and suggested joint strikes to destroy the retreating IS forces on the east shore of Euphrates".

The Americans failed to answer the Russian side's question on why IS militants leaving in combat vehicles heavily equipped are regrouping in the area controlled by the worldwide coalition to conduct new strikes over the Syrian army near Abu Kamal, the Russian Defense Ministry stressed.


Moreover, the worldwide alliance's aircraft tried to impede the Russian Aerospace Forces planes acting in the region, in order "to ensure a safe exit of Daesh militants from Abu Kamal under the strikes of the government troops".

The ministry said the U.S. air force had tried to hinder Russian strikes on Islamic State militants around the Syrian town of Albu Kamal. According to the Defense Ministry, the routed Islamic Fighters would be sent back to reclaim the region themselves, but this time they would be flying the colors of the moderate Syrian Democratic Forces. The Russian Ministry of Defence has used a videogame screenshot to accuse the U.S. of cooperating with ISIS.

The United States is providing de-facto cover for Islamic State units in Syria and only pretending to fight terrorism in the Middle East, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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