WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A Pentagon representative told Sputnik on Monday that the claims made by a Syrian general about alleged US deliveries of arms to terrorists, in particular Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorist groups in Syria, were untrue.
"These statements are absolutely ridiculous and untrue. They represent a Russian and [Syrian government] regime propaganda campaign to discredit the U.S. and our successful coalition fight against ISIS [Daesh] in Syria. US forces in Syrian territory operate under authorities to combat terrorism, and they will continue to advise and assist partner forces as long as ISIS remains either a conventional or insurgent threat," the representative said.
Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, responsible for counter-terrorism coordination has also stated that despite steps taken by the UN, Daesh and other terror groups keep receiving weapons, ammunition, military equipment, political cover, "using counter-terror issues to achieve cynical political and geopolitical objectives." US Department of Defense spokesperson Adrian Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik that suggestions of the US-led coalition allegedly cooperating with Daesh terrorist group were baseless and unhelpful.