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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

    Moscow Slams US for Using Militants to Protect Convoys in Syrian Al-Tanf

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow considers the use of militants of the Revolutionary Commando Army, also known as the Partisans of Revolution, to protect the US convoys deployed near the US military base in al-Tanf completely unacceptable, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

    "We consider the fact that, despite the preliminary arrangements, the United States did invite [the Revolutionary Commando Army], which is translated as Partisans of Revolution, for the protection of convoys inside the so-called exclusive zone completely unacceptable," Zakharova said.

    READ MORE: US Deploys 600 Additional Troops in Syria's At-Tanf — Reports

    She added that Moscow also had questions regarding Washington's refusal to let the representatives of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent charity in the Rukban refugee camp located near al-Tanf.

    "This means that they have something to hide," she indicated.

    The US military currently occupies a 34-mile zone around its base in al-Tanf, where it has been training Syrian opposition forces since 2016.

    The base has become the subject of criticism as Damascus and Moscow have expressed concerns that Washington was "spewing Daesh* mobile groups who make inroads to launch subversive terrorist operations against Syrian troops and civilians."

    *Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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