Daesh commanders are hiding at US bases at Iraq’s border with Syria, a senior commander of Hashd al-Sha’bi (Iraqi popular forces) said, warning that Washington seeks to use the terrorists as a leverage against Baghdad and Damascus.
The Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh news website quoted Hashem al-Moussavi as saying on Tuesday that a number of Daesh leaders have been sheltered at Iraq’s border with Syria in a bid to help them survive the current attacks by the Iraqi security forces and Hashd al-Sha’bi.
He added that Syria’s al-Tanf base is the main stronghold of the terrorists and supplies the Daesh remnants with weapons, military equipment and intelligence, noting that Washington aims to use the Daesh commanders as a leverage to pressure Baghdad and Damascus.
Al-Moussavi said that the Iraqi security forces and Hashd al-Sha’bi are at present trying to cleanse Wadi Houran region in al-Anbar (at the borders between Iraq and Syria) from terrorists, adding that the US fighter jets often provide a cover to the moves of this terrorist group between Iraq and Syria.
The US-led coalition has long been suspected of colluding with the Daesh terrorist group in Eastern Syria for quite a few years now. Experts believe the US needs to keep a contained group of the Daesh terrorists operating in the region in a bid to justify its buildup in Eastern Syria.