Moscow accuses US and allies of helping ISIS to escape

But publishes alleged photo of videogame

14 November, 16:04

    (ANSAmed) - Moscow, November 14 - The United States and its allies are helping Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists "directly", the Russian defence ministry is quoted by Tass news agency as saying.

    The US-led anti-ISIS coalition "tried to disturb" the Russian aviation in Abu Kamal to enable the jihadists to escape.

    Moscow accuses the US of protecting ISIS to exploit its fighters in order to reach its objectives in the Middle East.

    The defence ministry claims the jihadist fighters operate disguised as members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with US support and that the government offensive on Abu Kamal has interrupted American plans to create a pro-US area on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River.

    "The US refused to bomb an ISIS convoy fleeing from Abu Kamal under the pretext of the Convention on prisoners of war." However, the Conflict Intelligence Team claims in its statement the Russian defence ministry has used an image of presumed jihadists taken from the trailer of a videogame present on YouTube. The CIT also says the statement contains a second error involving a freeze-frame taken from a video released in June 2016 by the Iraqi defence ministry showing an air raid against ISIS forces fleeing from Fallujah and not from Abu Kamal towards the Iraqi-Syrian border. However, Turkey has also made separate claims against the US in the wake of the BBC investigation into the alleged secret deal between ISIS and the Kurdish-led SDF with approval from the US and great Britain to allow hundreds of Jihadi fighters and their families to flee from Raqqa last month. The freed members of ISIS "will be the cause of the death of innocent people in every corner of the world, including Turkey, Europe and America," Turkish Premier Binali Yildirim said. "The terrorists of YPG allowed Daesh to leave Raqqa with its weapons rather than eliminating its members from the city. One terrorist group has left Raqqa and another has moved in," Yildirim added. (ANSAmed).

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