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US continues to arm terrorists in Syria’s al-Tanf, trains them for terror acts: Top Russian official

In this file picture, a members of the so-called Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra (the Revolutionary Commando Army) Takfiri terrorist group stands on a vehicle with heavy automatic machine gun (L) next to an American soldier who also stands on his armored vehicle (R) as they take their position at Tanf region, Syria. (Photo by AP)

The Russian Foreign Ministry says the United States continues to arm allied Takfiri terrorists in al-Tanf region in Syria’s central province of Homs near the Jordanian border, and trains them to carry out acts of terror and sabotage across the war-wracked country.

“There is actually no fight against terrorism in areas where Americans are present. On the contrary, they (terrorists) are being encouraged to continue their activities. For example, there is credible information that the (US) forces occupying the area around al-Tanf are training and supplying weapons to terrorist groups. This is being done for the sake of acts of sabotage across Syria,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a press briefing in the Russian capital Moscow on Thursday.

She added, “We generally evaluate the situation on the ground as tense, and the most difficult situation is in areas that are out of the control of the Syrian government, as in [the northwestern province of Idlib] and east of Euphrates River [in northern Syria].”

The remarks came only days after a member of a Takfiri terrorist group, who was recently detained by Syrian government forces, admitted receiving training on how to use US-made weapons under the supervision of American instructors.

Russia’s Sputnik news agency published a video on Tuesday, showing the confessions of three members of the so-called Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra (the Revolutionary Commando Army) terrorist group, who had been captured near the ancient central city of Palmyra.

One of the terrorists, identified as Abdullah al-Mishuat, revealed that he and his fellows had learned how to handle different types of armaments in training sessions supervised by the US instructors.

Mishuat said “we were taught to handle all types of weapons by American instructors. All of the weapons were US-made.”

He said the US instructors would come to the training sessions, adding, “Americans observe from afar, monitor and evaluate the training process. The training were [sic] difficult, they lasted for two or three hours, no less.”

Back in mid-May, a number of captured members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group confessed to close cooperation with US military forces stationed at al-Tanf base in the central Syrian province of Homs to carry out various acts of terror and sabotage.

During confessions broadcast on Syria’s state-run television network at the time, three extremists – identified as Salah Jaber al-Zaher, Ali Salim Yahya and Amer Abd al-Ghafar Nemah but better known by their noms de guerres as Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Salafi, Abu al-Bara’a al-Homsi and Abu Sawan, revealed that they were instructed by American forces to target Syrian government troops in and around the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tiyas Military Airbase – also known as the T-4 Airbase, the Shaer gas field as well as nearby oil wells, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported at the time.

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