The US-backed Kurdish militants in Syria have reportedly been helping the remaining Daesh terrorists — who are now holed up in an eastern village — to escape their last hideout and reach the Turkish border in exchange for “hefty bribes.”
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Thursday that some 120 militants of the US-sponsored Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have formed a “smuggling network,” which works to secure the escape of Daesh terrorists and their family members from Baghouz village in the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr; the final piece of land still held by the Takfiri outfit.
The militants then help the fugitives reach SDF-controlled northern border areas near Turkey and receive “hefty bribes” in return, it added. The report claimed, however, that several members of the network have been arrested by SDF’s “intelligence services,” while others remain at large.
The monitoring group based its report on information obtained from sources inside Baghouz, the Kurdish-controlled areas and the Turkish territory.
The United States has long been providing the SDF — a predominantly Kurdish alliance of militants — with arms and militants, calling them a key partner in the purported fight against Daesh.
Such support has only angered Washington’s NATO ally, Turkey, which views militants of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the SDF, as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group.
The PKK has been fighting for autonomy inside Turkey for decades.
Turkey launched two military operations against the YPG and Daesh in northern Syria in August 2016 and January 2018, and has threatened a third should the US fail to remove the Kurdish militants from the east of the Euphrates.
Washington, itself, also stands accused of supporting the Daesh terrorists, who are currently on their last legs in Syria.
Earlier this week, Syria’s official SANA news agency, citing local sources, reported that the US has received massive amounts of gold in exchange for providing safe passage to the Daesh terrorists confined to Baghouz.
American forces have already shipped out huge quantities of gold they had seized in Daesh’s strongholds, bringing the total amount of gold acquired and transferred to the US to around 50 tonnes, SANA said.
Russia and Syria have recently opened humanitarian corridors out of Baghouz to help civilians leave the area, calling on the US to end its illegal military presence in the country so they could complete the task.
The Daesh terror group lost its territorial rule in Syria in late 2017 thanks to national army operations backed by Iran and Russia.
Despite the terror group’s collapse, the US and a coalition of allies — which invaded Syria in 2014 under the pretext of Daesh — have refused to end their aerial operations in defiance of the Damascus government.
The US has deployed some 2,000 troops to Syria and runs military bases there.
Many reports have emerged over the past months, indicating that Washington lets the terrorists enjoy freedom of movement near its military base, and even trains them there.
Last week, Iraqi lawmaker Hassan Salem said Daesh’s ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is being protected by the US forces based at Ayn al-Asad Airbase in western Iraq.
The American military forces provide all the means required for al-Baghdadi’s movement between Iraq and Syria, he added.