Russia says U.S. providing cover for Islamic State in Syria

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 03:27 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 57 times

The Russian Defense Ministry says it has obtained evidence the US-led coalition provides support for the terrorist group Islamic State.

 

"The operation to regain control of Abu Kamal held by the Syrian government troops late last week exposed instances of direct interaction with and support for Islamic State terrorists by the US-led international coalition," the Defense Ministry said.

The US has refused to conduct airstrikes over an Islamic State terrorist convoy retreating from Syria’s Abu Kamal, according to the ministry.

"Americans peremptorily rejected to conduct airstrikes over the ISIS terrorists on the pretext of the fact that, according to their information, militants yield themselves prisoners to them and now are subject to the provisions of the Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War," the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The ministry also said that the coalition’s aviation tried to disturb Russia’s Aerospace Forces near Abu Kamal to ensure safe exit of terrorists.

"The coalition’s aviation tried to create obstacles for the aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces in this area to safely shield militants of the Islamic State , who are leaving Abu Kamal, from the strikes of government forces," the ministry said. To this aim, the coalition’s attack aircraft entered the airspace over the 15-km zone around the city to hamper the Russian aircraft’ mission, it said.

 

The ministry stressed that flights of the US-led coalition in this area were banned by the Combined Air Operations Center in Al Udeid, Qatar.

According to the images provided by Russian drones on November 9, the IS armed groups were fleeing the strikes of Russian aircraft and the Syrian government forces and heading from Abu Kamal to the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The ministry stressed that the US did not deliver strikes on the militants saying that they surrender voluntarily and were subject to the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War.

According to the Defense Ministry, the United States provided cover for Islamic State militants to use them in attempts to attain its own aims in the Middle East.

"There is indisputable evidence that the United States pretends it is waging irreconcilable struggle against international terrorism in front of the international community, while in reality it provides cover for the combat-ready Islamic State groups to let them regain strength, regroup themselves and advance US interests in the Middle East," the ministry said.

The Syrian government troops’ offensive against the city of Abu Kamal has disrupted the US plans to create pro-American authorities to govern the territories on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

"The Syrian troops’ rapid offensive in Abu Kamal has derailed the US plans to set up ‘pro-American’ authorities to govern the territories on the eastern bank of the Euphrates uncontrolled by the Syrian government," the ministry said.

Militants of the Islamic State acting under the guise of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) could act as the local "pro-American forces" allegedly controlling the city. The flags used by Syrian Democratic Forces units found in Abu Kamal confirm that, the Russian Defense Ministry noted.