A Russian pro-government news outlet, Rusvesna, has released a video showing an interogation of the ISIS members captured by government troops in the desert area in central Syria.
According to the repeased video, the captured ISIS member, Abu Ayyub Al-Iraqi, claimed that a total number of ISIS members in the Suweida-Damascus desert is about 1,500 and some of them had been trained and supplied with weapons by the coalition.
Furthermore, he claimed that the al-Rubkah refugee camp controlled by the US-led coalition is used by terrorists as a rear base.
– Total number of #Daesh terrorists in #Suweida/ #Damascus desert pocket(s) is ~1,500 (groups of 250)
– Emir of concerning detachment is called “Abu Ayyub Al-‘#Iraq|i”
– #US Army trained & supplied them weapons. #OpDignity
— Arabiana Intel (@ArabianaINTEL) 7 September 2018
If the provided data is confirmed, it will confirm previous statements by the Russian military that the US-led coalition is using the al-Tanf zone, including the Rubkah refugee camp, as a buffer zone allowing ISIS terrorists to carry out attacks on facilities of the Damascus government.