Russia Accuses US of Pretending to Fight Islamic State

Civilians gather to receive aid from the Syrian Red Crescent in Deir ez Zor in September

Civilians gather to receive aid from the Syrian Red Crescent in Deir ez Zor in September

The state news agency says the two attackers tried to storm the police command center, igniting clashes with guards.

A similar attack on a police station in a nearby district last week killed 17 people.

While travelling with the Syrian army, RT exclusively witnessed first-hand how combing a liberated village can turn into a fierce fire-fight with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the blink of an eye.

"ISIL no longer has the sources of financing for purchasing weapons and ammunition and recruiting mercenaries in Syria", Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov was quoted as saying by TASS on Tuesday.

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Having covered more than 300 kilometers in cars, the convoy passed through the former Tafas border checkpoint on the Syrian-Jordanian border to the southern de-escalation zone (Daraa Governorate, Syria).

Russia on Tuesday accused the USA of only pretending to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq to purposely slow the advance of the Syrian army, which is backed by Russia, Reuters reported. "The US-led coalition imitating the fight against ISIL, above all, in Iraq, sees all that but continues to allegedly actively fight ISIL in Syria, for some reason", Konashenkov said.

The Russian Defence Ministry has alleged that the U.S. has deliberately slowed the pace of its assault on Isis in Iraq in order to divert militants to the front line in the Russian-backed Syrian army fight for Deir Ezzor over the border.

Walid al-Moallem said during a visit to Russian Federation on Wednesday that the USA -led coalition has been "methodically destroying all except the IS".

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The unnamed source said that "army units established control over Maratt al-Fouqa town to the east of the Euphrates River, and encircled IS terrorists in al-Mayadeen, " in eastern Syria.

Russian Federation has intensified its air campaign in support of the Syrian army's offensive in the eastern oil-rich Deir el-Zour province, near the Iraqi border.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the start of his talks with al-Moallem in Sochi that he would like to focus on a political settlement in Syria. It is located in the province of Deir Ezzor and is viewed as the group's new capital as it loses its grip on the eastern city of Raqqa in the face of an offensive by a Kurdish-Arab coalition backed by the USA -led coalition.

Dillon says up to 15 militants have surrendered in the past three weeks in Raqqa.

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"The Raqa Civil Council is leading discussions to determine the best way to enable civilians trapped by Daish to exit the city, where some are being held as human shields by the terrorists", the coalition said in an emailed statement.

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