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    Russia Urges US to Use Own Drones to Record Daesh-Turkey Oil Smuggling

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    The US can watch the footage from its own drones as another evidence of oil smuggling from Daesh to Turkey, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US Defense Ministry has all reconnaissance means necessary to record oil smuggling from the territories controlled by the Islamic State (IS, or Daesh in the Arab world) to Turkey, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.

    On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry provided satellite images of oil trucks massing at the Turkish-Syrian border as evidence of illegal oil smuggling from Syria into Turkey. Pentagon rejected Russia’s evidence of Turkey’s involvement in oil deals with Daesh militants.

    "If even this is not enough for our American colleagues, we advise to watch video from their drones, the number of which, by the way, recently tripled over the Syrian-Turkish border and the oil-bearing regions, controlled by terrorists," the ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said at a press briefing.

    US drones are equipped with modern optic reconnaissance systems capable of capturing even tiny details on the ground, the spokesman added. He stressed that the US Defense Ministry could also use its means of space reconnaissance.

    A US-led international coalition, which includes Turkey, has been carrying out a campaign against targets of Daesh, a group outlawed in a number of countries including Russia, in Syria since 2014. Russian jets commenced separate military operation against Daesh and other extremists in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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