US offers Russia cooperation in fighting ISIS* in Southwest Syria

The US has offered Russia cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group* in southwestern Syria controlled by the Syrian authorities, said the US Special Envoy for ATS James Jeffrey.

US offers Russia cooperation in fighting ISIS* in Southwest Syria

According to him, south of the Euphrates, the forces of the Syrian authorities are limited by the general attention to Idlib in the north-west of the country, and this allows ISIS* to raise its head in this area.

“A little of Syrian forces remained in the south-west, in the desert of Badia, to deal with the ISIS*. This worries us greatly. We saw that the ISIS* there increases the territorial presence, even attacks the cities and at least for a short time can hold territory. This should stop. We proposed to cooperate with the Russians on this issue”, – Jeffrey said.

At the same time, he claims that in the northeast, controlled by US allies, there are no such problems yet.

“We don’t think that ISIS* was able to seriously use the crisis with COVID to advance in the northeast, although the area around Deir ez-Zor has become, in today’s language, a “hot spot”, and we are closely following this, but we’re sure everything is under control”, – Jeffrey said.

*-banned in Russia 

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