…from Sputnik News, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: Here is one more story confirming that the idea of jihadi stragglers in the Syrian desert having invisible underground bases that can be continually resupplied by what…underground tunnels from Jordan? I don’t think so.
One of the reasons the US has never wanted to withdraw from the Rukban camp in south Syria on the Jordan border as it had at its peak sixty thousand hostage refugees to exploit for recruiting. To this day there has never been a US public investigation into this clearly illegal activity, training proxy terrorists.
— The Voice of Rukban (@VoiceofRukban) February 16, 2020
The self organized terrorists there acted as jail guards for the refugees, using them as slave labor, stealing their US aid to sell back to them, and even taking over the wells to charge for water.
We have not one bit if evidence that US military of government personnel ever interceded to stop this. This area then became a magnet for Syrian criminals and ex-convicts to join “militants” groups and have a free license from the US to pillage these Syrian refugees.
Can we sink much lower than this. Of course we can, without a huge shakeup from top to bottom and rebuilding something new in its place. November 3rd can be the beginning, or maybe not, as we do not have a clear path to get at those responsible… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … April 15, 2020 –
The surrendered militants said that US instructors had been preparing them for terrorist acts and sabotage at oil and gas and transport facilities, according to the information provided by the Russian military’s centre for the Syrian reconciliation.
A group of 27 militants who surrendered to the Syrian army said they had been trained at the US military base, Rear Adm. Oleg Zhuravlev, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry’s centre for the Syrian reconciliation, said during a briefing on Wednesday.
The US also provided them with weapons and vehicles, he added.
“As a result of the clash, the militants who broke through lost three pickups, 27 people escaped, they are currently under the protection of Syrian government forces in Palmyra. They surrendered dozens of small arms, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns, including Western-made ones”, Zhuravlev said.
On the night from 13 to 14 April, a group of militants, who were trained at the US forces’ base in the vicinity of the Rukban camp, tried to get out of At-Tanf area. The militants planned to surrender to government and return to civilian life, Zhuravlev said.
On the border of the 55-kilometer security zone, they were attacked by a detachment of the US-backed Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra (“Revolutionary Commando Army”) radical group.
“According to the testimony of the members of the illegal armed groups who surrendered to the government, the Americans provided them with pickup vehicles and weapons. US instructors trained them to carry out sabotage at oil and gas and transport infrastructure, as well as organise terrorist acts in the territory controlled by the Syrian government forces”, he said.
The armed conflict between the Syrian government and opposition groups, including terrorists, began in 2011. By 2016, terrorist forces were significantly subdued, while the government and opposition concluded a ceasefire, with Russia, Iran, and Turkey acting as its guarantors.
Militants remain in control of a small pocket of areas in the Idlib province in northwest Syria.