The commander of Russian forces in Syria says Deash made a deal with Kurdish forces to leave villages near Raqqa.
The Russian military on Friday accused the U.S-led coalition in Syria of providing safe corridors for Daesh to leave the area around its stronghold of Raqqa, the Associated Press reported.
Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin, the commander of Russian forces in Syria, said Daesh made a deal earlier this month with the Kurdish forces to leave two villages southwest of Raqqa and move toward Palmyra.
Surovikin said the U.S-led coalition along with the allied Kurds “collude with the leaders of Daesh, who surrender the areas under their control and head to provinces where Syrian government forces operate.”
“There is an impression that under the slogan of fighting international terrorism in Syria the Americans are using IS (Daesh) to offer resistance to government forces’ advances,” AP reported him as saying.
According to Surovikin, Russian forces had struck several Daesh convoys as they were leaving Raqqa.
Surovikin also reportedly criticized the U.S for trying to block Syrian government forces from taking control of the country’s southern border, AP reported.
He said that Syrian government troops had secured territorial gains in the southern Suwayda province near the Jordanian border, but encountered resistance from the U.S.-led coalition.
Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military’s General Staff also questioned the U.S role in Syria, AP reported.
“Having declared the goal of fighting international terrorism, the coalition strikes Syrian troops while letting IS militants exit the encircled areas unhampered, thus boosting terrorist groupings around Palmyra and Deir el-Zour,” he said.
“It raises a question why they do it and what their real goals are.”