Russian Federation accuses U.S. coalition of hampering its anti-IS operation in Syria

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"These facts are conclusive evidence that the United States, while imitating an uncompromising fight against worldwide terrorism for the global community, in fact provides cover for Islamic State units", the defense ministry said.

In May of past year, the Russian embassy in the United Kingdom was ridiculed after using a screenshot from the "Command and Conquer Generals" computer game to illustrate its claim that Nusra Front militants in Syria had received truckloads of "chemical ammo". The Russian MOD, however, captioned it somewhat differently, suggesting that the image was captured on November 9, 2017, depicting an "ISIS automobile convoy leaving Abu Kamal for Syrian-Iraqi border".

The U.S. military said the militants were voluntarily surrendering and so fell under the provisions of the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war.

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He said the Russian defence ministry's attempts at propaganda went against the spirit of joint statements by both countries leaderships on their commitment to defeating Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Relying on their advanced jets, the Russian Air Force carried out dozens of airstrikes over the Albukamal region of Deir ez-Zor, inflicting heavy damage on the Islamic State's already battered defenses. Russian military also reportedly asked the Americans why the jihadists were "regrouping in the zone controlled by the global coalition to conduct new attacks against the Syrian army in Abu Kamal", but received no response. IS is a terrorist group banned in Russian Federation. 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. According to the Defense Ministry, the routed Islamic Fighters would be sent back to reclaim the region themselves, but this time they would be flying the colors of the moderate Syrian Democratic Forces.

"These facts are conclusive evidence that the United States, while imitating an noncompromising fight against worldwide terrorism for the global community, in fact provides cover for the IS units" in order to use them for advancing "American interests in the Middle East".

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