US pro­vid­ing cover for Daesh: Rus­sia

Syria blasts US for ty­ing mil­i­tary pres­ence to peace talks; We won’t walk away from Syria un­til talks progress: Mat­tis; Riyadh to host Syria op­po­si­tion meet­ing

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MOSCOW: The United States is pro­vid­ing de-facto cover for Daesh units in Syria and only pre­tend­ing to ight ter­ror­ism in the Mid­dle East, the Rus­sian De­fence Min­istry said on Tues­day.

The min­istry said the US air force had tried to hin­der Rus­sian strikes on Daesh mil­i­tants around the Syr­ian town of Albu Ka­mal.

“These facts are con­clu­sive ev­i­dence that the United States, while im­i­tat­ing an un­com­pro­mis­ing ight against in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism for the global com­mu­nity, in fact pro­vides cover for Daesh units,” the de­fence min­istry said.

Rus­sia’s de­fence min­istry on Tues­day posted im­ages it said proved the US was aid­ing the Daesh in the Mid­dle East, but so­cial me­dia users pointed out they in­cluded a still from a videogame.

The min­istry’s oficial ac­count said the black-and-white im­ages were taken on Nov.9 near the Syria-iraq bor­der and pro­vided “ir­refutable proof that the US is pro­vid­ing cover to Daesh com­bat units.”

But the mon­i­tor Conlict In­tel­li­gence Team (CIT), along with a num­ber of so­cial me­dia users, was quick to com­pare one of the im­ages with an iden­ti­cal still from the wargame “AC-130 Gun­ship Sim­u­la­tor: Spe­cial Ops Squadron.”

Other im­ages posted to Twit­ter ap­peared to be taken from videos re­leased by Bagh­dad’s Min­istry of De­fence in 2016, show­ing the Iraqi Air Force bomb­ing mil­i­tants near Fal­lu­jah, the CIT said.

Mean­while, Da­m­as­cus on Tues­day blasted US De­fence Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis for say­ing a Us-led coali­tion would con­tinue ight­ing in Syria un­til talks to end the conlict there make progress.

Mat­tis told re­porters on Mon­day that the Us-led coali­tion’s goal was to bat­tle the Daesh group while in­d­ing a diplo­matic so­lu­tion to Syria’s sixyear war.

But Syria’s for­eign min­istry shot back on Tues­day, say­ing it “cat­e­gori- cally re­jected” US ef­forts to link peace talks to mil­i­tary ac­tion.

“Link­ing the US’S pres­ence in Syria to a set­tle­ment process is just a pre­text and an at­tempt to jus­tify this pres­ence,” said a source at the for­eign min­istry, quoted by state news agency SANA.

“The United States and oth­ers will not be able to im­pose any so­lu­tion with mil­i­tary pres­sure -- on the con­trary, this pres­ence will only pro­long and com­pli­cate the cri­sis,” said the state­ment.

It de­manded the “im­me­di­ate and un­con­di­tional with­drawal of US forces” from Syr­ian ter­ri­tory.

The US and Rus­sia is­sued a joint pres­i­den­tial state­ment on Satur­day say­ing there was “no mil­i­tary so­lu­tion” to Syria’s grind­ing conlict.

On Mon­day, Mat­tis said the coali­tion would keep ight­ing to “set the con­di­tions for a diplo­matic so­lu­tion.”

“We’re not just go­ing to walk away right now un­til the Geneva process has trac­tion,” he told re­porters.

Saudi Ara­bia is to host a meet­ing of the Syr­ian op­po­si­tion later this month as the United Na­tions pre­pares to con­vene new peace talks with the gov­ern­ment buoyed by vic­to­ries over the Daesh group.

The meet­ing will be held in Riyadh from Nov.22 to Nov.24 at the re­quest of op­po­si­tion fac­tions and will aim to form a “joint ne­go­ti­at­ing del­e­ga­tion to re­sume di­rect ne­go­ti­a­tions in Geneva un­der the aus­pices of the UN,” the oficial Saudi Press Agency re­ported late on Mon­day.

The lat­est round of Un-bro­kered peace talks is due to open on Novem­ber 28. UN en­voy Staffan de Mis­tura said late last month that the talks had reached a “mo­ment of truth.”

The gov­ern­ment has been buoyed by its re­cap­ture from the Daesh group of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor and other towns fur­ther down the Euphrates Val­ley to­wards the Iraqi bor­der.

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