A Russian lawmaker says the latest discovery of a considerable amount of NATO-made munitions left behind by Takfiri militants in western Syria proves they are being aided by the United States and its allies and reveals the true colors of the Washington-led military mission in the crisis-torn country.
“The detection of NATO weapons in the militants' warehouses once again confirms the true intentions of the US-led counterterrorism coalition. There have already been a lot of cases of abetting terrorism on the part of the United States and their allies,” Viktor Bondarev, chairman of the Defense and Security Committee at the upper house of Russia’s parliament, said on Monday.
Bondarev said that Russia has aerial photographs of US troops facilitating the withdrawal of militants from the Syrian city of Abu Kamal in exchange for them allowing free passage to American special forces through territories then controlled by the terrorists.
There have been many cases of US forces directly delivering material and technical assistance, specifically shells and ammunition, to militants, he said.
On Monday, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation and the Syrian military found depots containing arms manufactured in NATO states as well as clandestine factories for producing explosive devices on territories cleared from militants in the eastern parts of Homs Province.
The discovery comes amid news about the elimination of the last Daesh stronghold in the capital, Damascus.
In a statement on Monday, the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces said complete security had been restored to Damascus and its countryside after al-Hajar al-Aswad district and al-Yarmouk Camp were totally purged of terrorists.
Besides its unilateral military activities in Syria, Washington has also been leading a coalition of allies in an aerial campaign against what it claimed to be Daesh targets since 2014.
The mission, which does not have the Syrian government’s approval or a UN mandate, is still underway despite the collapse of the terror group late last year. The strikes have on many occasions resulted in civilian casualties and failed to fulfill their declared aim of countering terrorism.
The Russian military, which has been assisting Damascus in its counterterrorism efforts, has repeatedly reported suspicious activities in and around military bases controlled by the US in support of Takfiri terrorists.
Damascus has on several occasions written to the UN, complaining that the US was flagrantly violating its sovereignty.