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    In this photo taken on Tuesday May 23, 2017, provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group, the Hammurabi's Justice News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a U.S.-backed anti-government Syrian fighter form Maghaweer al-Thawra stands on a vehicle with heavy automatic machine gun, left, next of an American soldier who also stands on his armored vehicle, right, as they take their position at the Syrian-Iraqi crossing border point of Tanf, south Syria

    US-Backed Rebels Sell Guns to Daesh - Former Security Head of Base in Syria

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    Former security head of the Syrian sector of the base said that militants trained at the US base of At Tanf near the border between Syria and Iraq sell US munitions to the Daesh terrorist group.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) Militants trained at the US base of At Tanf near the border between Syria and Iraq sell US munitions to the Daesh terrorist group (outlawed in both the United States and Russia), former security head of the Syrian sector of the base told Sputnik, adding that Washington was made aware of the situation.

    "Hidden support was provided by selling weapons to the Daesh. When we found out about this, we told the Americans about it. However they started to support the commander they placed above us [Mugannat Attalia, the leader of Mahavir as-Saura group] even more. [Militants] sold US-made weapons, vehicles, antitank grenade launchers, M-16 rifles, a large number of them. After the United States carried out the latest revision, they found that 4,700 rifles were missing," Muhammad Assalam said.

    He noted that the US forces do not provide any humanitarian help to the Syrian civilians even though the refugee camps are located near the At Tanf base.

    "There is absolutely no humanitarian and medical help," Assalam said.

    The interlocutor also pointed out that some Syrians stationed at the US base are willing to fight the Daesh, while others are ready to fight against the Syrian government forces at the US request.

    "[The US forces] asked Syrians to fight against the Syrian army, but decent people refused saying that the group was formed to battle Daesh and not the army. That is why a part of the group from Deir ez-Zur were sent to the base in Shaddadi to fight the Daesh and then, perhaps, to conduct combat operations against government forces," Assalam said.

    Mahavir as-Saura was formed as part of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Syria's major opposition force, in December 2016 with the help of financial support from the United States. The militants underwent military training in Jordan supervised by specialists from the US-led coalition against the Daesh terrorist group. The majority of Mahavir as-Saura's activities took place in southern Syria.

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