RUSSIA accused the US and its Syrian allies yesterday of collusion with Isis terrorists.
Moscow released aerial photographs claiming to show US commandos and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forces camped in supposedly Isis-occupied zones of eastern Deir Ezzor province without defensive positions set up.
On Saturday the US-led military coalition said the SDF had captured the Conoco gas field, Syria’s largest, east of the Euphrates river from the city of Deir Ezzor, where the Syrian army lifted a four-year siege earlier this month.
But unlike oil and gas fields taken by the army, Isis did not blow up the wells and other facilities before retreating.
A Russian Defence Ministry statement said: “Facing no resistance of the Isis militants, the SDF units are advancing along the left shore of the Euphrates towards Deir Ezzor.”
The images “clearly show that US special ops are stationed at the outposts previously set up by Isis militants. Despite the US strongholds being located in the Isis areas, no screening patrol has been organised at them.”
The ministry said that indicated the US forces “feel absolutely safe” in close proximity to Isis.
The Russian allegations follow claims last week that US agencies co-ordinated an attack on Russian military police in western Idlib province, a day before an attack by al-Qaida-linked insurgents.
The motive was “to stop the successful advance of the Syrian army,” Russia’s commander in Syria said.