Russian General in Syria: US actively works with ISIS
Friday, 09 June 2017

Colonel General Sergei Surovikin, the commander of the Russian forces in Syria

The US-led coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) collude with the leaders of the so-called “Islamic State”, Russian RIA Novosti agency reported on Friday citing Colonel General Sergei Surovikin, commander of Russian Armed Forces contingent in Syria.

“Instead of eliminating terrorists guilty of hundreds and thousands of Syrian civilian deaths, the US-led international coalition alongside with their proxies, Syrian Democratic Forces, collude with IS field commanders, who surrender their positions and sites without resistance and head towards the regions where Syrian government forces actively conduct military operations,” he said.

Surovikin also added that “it looks like Americans use IS in order to forestall the advances of Syrian government forces under the excuse of fighting international terrorism.”

This is not the first time the Russian military in Syria has accused US of directly controlling and helping islamic jihadis in the warn torn country.

Syrian forces, backed by the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah and other volunteer fighters as well as Russia’s air support, have been making back-to-back gains in territories held by Daesh over the past weeks.

The Russian commander in Syria also criticized Washington for trying to block Syrian government forces from taking control of the country's southern border.

Syria has been fighting different foreign-sponsored militant groups since March 2011. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated last August that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the crisis until then.



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