"Maj. Gen. Konashenkov's statement is inaccurate, representing a propaganda campaign to discredit the US and our successful coalition anti-Daesh fight against in Iraq and Syria," a coalition spokesperson told Sputnik on Thursday.
The spokesperson also noted the main goal for the US forces in Iraq and Syria is the anti-terrorist fight. Moreover, they will continue their operation against the Daesh as long the terror group remains a conventional or insurgent threat in the region.
"Our number one goal remains to defeat Daesh in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and set conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability," the spokesperson added.
Earlier in September, the Russian Defense Ministry published a batch of aerial pictures showing that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US troops that support them are present in Syria's areas held by Daesh.