Islamic State-related groups have stepped up their activity in the area of Al-Tanf, controlled by the United States, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference on Monday.

“We have gathered much evidence some strange things are happening in Al-Tanf. In our point of view this area is of no considerable significance for the anti-terrorist operation. In practice we can see that in this area, including the Rukban refugee camp, armed groups appear ever more often and, according to our sources, they have connections with the Islamic State.”

He recalled that the issue had been repeatedly brought up in the course of various contacts with US partners.

“We drew attention to the fact that this is in conflict with our agreements as to how to arrange for de-escalation work in Syria within the framework of regular contacts between the military,” Lavrov said.

Moscow expects Washington to withdraw troops from Syria’s Al-Tanf as their presence there is pointless from the military standpoint, Lavrov said, commenting on media reports about US plans to pull troops out of the area.

“As for media reports about the US making plans to withdraw troops from the Al-Tanf area, I have already said that this zone was artificially created for reasons that are difficult to understand from the standpoint of military feasibility,” he said. “This is why our Defense Ministry has been drawing our US counterparts’ attention to that fact and they seem to be coming to the same conclusion,” the Russian top diplomat noted, adding that he expected practical steps to that end.

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US President Donald Trump stated earlier that once the operation against the Islamic State terror group (IS, outlawed in Russia) was over, the further presence of US troops in Syria would be pointless so they would return home soon.

Border with Israel

Agreements concerning the southern de-escalation zone in Syria imply that only Syrian government forces can remain on the border with Israel, Lavrov said, commenting on Israeli media reports about Moscow’s plans to ask Iran to pull its units back from the Syrian-Israeli border.

“In the end, only Syrian government forces must remain on the country’s border with Israel,” the Russian top diplomat said.

He pointed out that the 2017 agreements on setting up a de-escalation zone along the Syrian-Israeli border implied that all foreign troops must pull out of the area.

On Sunday, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper wrote that Moscow may convince Iran to pull its troops back 60 kilometers from Syria’s border with Israel.

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Willing Conscience

Same old same old, I keep saying it, this base was the resupply line for Isis last year and a refuge for them from the SAA. Now the Russians are hinting it too. To every moron that criticized me for saying this last year, EAT YOUR WORDS.

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Except there is no IS activity in the area around al-Tanf!
I smell some PR stuff more targetted either at pi$$ing off the Yanks or to look good for Syrians or Iranians than smth based on facts…

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The pocket of Isis in the Dier ez-Zor desert is operating very close by this area, no more than 75kms away maybe less, that’s only a short drive you know. Last year before the Russians put an end to it Isis were in and out of the 55km exclusion zone all the time. The US used their artillery to keep the SAA out but let the Isis fighters in to hide. Last year I suspect the Isis fighters had 2 sets of uniforms, one of them being a FSA uniform, whenever they were attacked by the SAA they would hurry… Read more »

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No Surprise, US is their Mothership

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These must be the moderate ISIS supported by Trump and McCain. Good grief.

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Maybe should you investigate about McCain/Trump relations…
Prepare for a surprise…
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44086524
Oh, BTW, Trump will be banned from McCain’s incoming burial (McCain has a brain cancer)

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Nur Muhd

death to the biggest terrorist on earth – jewnited states of america

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How strange all terrorists don’t wear a Stetson hat or a Kipa… You’re very prompt to wish death to others, but… Are you sure yours are pure? Who are you to judge hundreds of millions people? God? Your wishes are even worst than all those disgusting capitalists you’d have good reasons to hate for sure, nevertheless, in 24 hours, you already vowed the death of 850 millions people… Pray for these do not begin to vow YOUR and yours doom as… remember what Dr.Oppenheimer quoted from Lord-Siva in Bhagavad Gita, just after the trinity test : “Now I am Death,… Read more »

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Do not tell me that Russia did not expect this. Of course, now, eliminate them, that all.

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Cyriak Papasissis

According to Kommersant newspaper , US-trained terrorist fighters exactly from that area were the ones involved in the attack West of Al Mayadeen , where 4 Russians were killed and 3 wounded. Allegedly they were flown there to ”help” the Kurds against ISIS, and supplied locally with SUV trucks equipped with high-caliber machine guns. The Russian Defense ministry suspects that this occurred , in a battle lasting more than an hour , whereby 43 terrorists from Al Tanf were killed.