- Russia's Defense Ministry has accused to U.S. of deliberately allowing ISIS into Syria
- The accusations come amid claims that the U.S. has decreased airstrikes along the Iraqi border in recent weeks
- The result is that ISIS fighters are able to reorganize and cross the border to fight Syrian regime troops
- The latest accusation comes just hours after former Afghan leader Hamid Karzai said that the U.S. allowed ISIS to gain a foothold in Afghanistan
- Russia has launched a blistering attack on the U.S. and accused the United States military of pretending to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Earlier today, a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry said that the U.S. had drastically reduced air strikes against the group in Iraq in order to allow militants to enter Syria and fight the Russian-backed Syrian army.
Ministry officials claim that the move came as Assad’s forces and Russian jets began to retake Deir Ezzor province.
"Everyone sees that the U.S.-led coalition is pretending to fight Islamic State, above all in Iraq, but continuing to allegedly fight Islamic State in Syria actively for some reason," said Igor Konashenkov, a major general a spokesman for Russia's defense ministry.
Konashenkov said that militants were now trying to dig in on the left bank of the River Euphrates.
"The actions of the Pentagon and the coalition demand an explanation. Is their change of tack a desire to complicate as much as they can the Syrian army's operation, backed by the Russian air force, to take back Syrian territory to the east of the Euphrates?" he said.
"Or is it an artful move to drive Islamic State terrorists out of Iraq by forcing them into Syria and into the path of the Russian air force's pinpoint bombing?" he added.
Syrian forces are currently battling ISIS in the city of al-Mayadin, southeast of Deir Ezzor.
However, Konashenkov claims that ISIS is receiving back up from "foreign mercenaries" arriving from Iraq.
His comments come just hours after former Afghan leader Hamid Karzai accused the U.S. of allowing ISIS to gain a foothold on Afghan soil.
Karzai served as president between 2004 and 2014 and was one of the key supporters of the U.S. campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
But now the former leader has spoken out against the United States and claimed that their involvement in Afghanistan further destabilized the country.
"The U.S. came to Afghanistan to bring peace and stability and defeat extremism — [yet] we have more of it today. Why? That is what we should be discussing," Karzai said during an interview with Moscow-owned channel, RT.
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