According to the Russian Defense Ministry, US forces refused to carry out airstrikes against Daesh (ISIS) terrorists who were retreating from the Syrian town of Abu Kamal.
On Tuesday morning, the Russian Defense Ministry released photos that they said showede Daesh (ISIS) convoys leaving the Syrian town of Abu Kemal. However, hours later, the pictures were deleted.
The operation to liberate the town of Abu-Kamal in the southeast of the country on the Euphrates River near the Iraq border has shown that the US-led coalition had been directly supporting Daesh, according to the Defense Ministry.
The Russian forces command has offered the US-led coalition the opportunity to conduct a joint operation to destroy terrorist convoys heading in the direction of Iraq on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river. However, the offer has been rejected, according to a statement from the Russian military.
“The US side categorically refused to carry out airstrikes against Daesh terrorists, claiming that the militants were ‘voluntarily surrendering’ and now fell under the provisions of the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War,” the statement read.
Moreover, the international alliance’s aircraft tried to impede the Russian Aerospace Forces planes acting in the region, in order “to ensure a safe exit of Daesh militants from Abu Kamal under the strikes of the government troops.”
According to the Defense Ministry, such actions by the coalition prove that the advancing Syrian forces in the Abu-Kamal area have crippled US plans to create a zone to the east of the Euphrates river that would be controlled by pro-American forces rather than by Damascus. The ministry noted that the plan stipulated that Daesh would play the role of pro-American forces disguised as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). To support the claim, the military representatives said that SDF flags were found in Abu Kamal.
Recently, Syrian forces have been advancing toward Abu Kamal, the last major stronghold of Daesh in Syria. The operation was launched after the complete liberation of Deir ez-Zor, a city that had been besieged by terrorists for three years.
CORRECTION: The initial article was based on the Russian Defense Ministry’s initial publication