BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense has accused the U.S. of harboring Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists in the Tanf region of southern Syria.
According to a statement from Russia’s Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Sergei Rudskoy, the Islamic State’s numbers inside this large U.S.-controlled pocket has been steadily growing over the last few weeks.
Rudskoy said that the Islamic State is preparing to launch new attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from this large pocket in southern Syria.
Specifically, the Russian general claimed that the Islamic State terrorists were planning to launch attacks on the Syrian Army’s positions in the Al-Sweida, Damascus, Homs, and Deir Ezzor provinces.
He said that ISIS fighters are using the Al-Rukban Camp for displaced people near the Syrian-Jordanian border as a shelter from the government.
Rudskoy warned of the dangerous situation inside the camp, where about 60 thousand displaced people currently suffer under difficult living conditions.
Rudskoy called on the US, whose troops are deployed in the Al-Tanf region, to secure humanitarian access to the camp as soon as possible and facilitate the return of the displaced to their villages and towns.