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Diplomat: Militant training underway at US base in Syria's Al-Tanf

November 22, 2018, 11:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Al-Tanf is a strategically important area adjacent to the borders of Syria, Iraq and Jordan

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

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MOSCOW, November 22. /TASS/. According to numerous witness accounts, militants are receiving training at the US military base near the Syrian city of Al-Tanf, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.

"In fact, under the excuse of fighting against the ISIL [the former name of the Islamic State terror group outlawed in Russia - TASS] and - as we were told - in order to contain Iran, a big US military base was set up there - in a strategically important area adjacent to the borders of Syria, Iraq and Jordan, which is close to the highway connecting Baghdad and Damascus. And there, according to numerous witness accounts, militant training is underway," the Russian diplomat said.

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