The US support to ISIS in Syria is the main obstacle faced by anti-terrorist forces, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, announced on Monday.
“The main obstacle to the complete elimination of Daesh [ISIS] in Syria is not the military capabilities of terrorists, but rather the support of [our] American colleagues,” Konashenkov said.
He added that Moscow had warned Washington that its forces would repel any “odd” attacks by terrorists from an area controlled by U.S. forces.
Konashenkov added that ISIS has carried out against Syrian forces from the areas where “US military mission” is deployed.
According to the statement, 300 ISIS members left the city of Rubkan on September 28 and moved in the direction of the government-held city of Al-Qaryatayn in Homs province. The terrorists avoided the Syrian army’s posts using coordinates that can be obtained through aerial reconnaissance only and attacked Al-Qaryatayn. On the same day, ISIS conducted multiple attacks against government forces along the strategic Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway.
“The listed attacks of terrorists are linked by only one thing — they were all carried out from a 50-kilometer zone around the settlement of al-Tanf on the Syrian-Jordanian border, and all from where the ‘US military mission’ is located…,” the spokesman said.