On September 25, Syria Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in an interview with the Lebanese news TV channel, Al-Mayadeen, that the US is evacuating ISIS fighters from Deir Ezzor governorate. Muallem also said that the Syria government has evidence and eyewitnesses to support these accusations.
“Maybe they are keeping them [ISIS fighters] to deploy them in another place. They [the US] still believe that terrorism is an important tool to execute their interests. This is an illusion, but they are [the US] still using terrorism to execute their interests,” Muallem said in the interview.
Muallem also revealed that ISIS had received information about the location of command post where Russian Lieutenant General Valery Asapov was killed from the ISIS shelling.
Muallem confirmed an earlier announcement by deputy head of the Defense Committee in the upper house of Russia’s parliament, Frants Klintsevich, who said that the death of Lit. Gen Asapov was a result of the treachery.
Muallem also stressed in the interview that the US Army presence in Syria is illegal while the Russian Army presence is legal. Moreover, Muallem accused the US of killing thousands of Syrian civilians in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, and said “US has no interest in eliminating terrorism”.