Russia has once again accused the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria of facilitating the entry of Islamic State
terrorists into Syria in order to hinder the advance of the Syrian Army and its allies. On Tuesday Russia's defense ministry accused the US of merely "pretending" to fight ISIS in a way designed to put maximum pressure on Syrian and Russian front line defenses in Syria's east. Russian military spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said , "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."