The United States is actively recruiting militants of the international terrorist organization “Islamic State” (which is outlawed in Russia) as mercenaries. This was announced on Tuesday by the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) press bureau, Sergei Ivanov.

“According to information received by the Foreign Intelligence Service, the United States is actively recruiting members of international terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State (ISIS) group, which is banned in the Russian Federation, as mercenaries to participate in hostilities in Ukraine ” he stated.

Ivanov noted that as recently as April 2022, about 60 ISIS militants aged 20 to 25 were released from prisons controlled by the Syrian Kurds, under the pivotal assistance of American intelligence services. They were subsequently transferred to the area of the American military base Al-Tanf, located in Syria near the border with Jordan and Iraq, to undergo combat training with a view to future transfer to Ukraine.

“According to SVR sources, the said military base and its environs have long turned into a kind of terrorist ‘hub’, where up to 500 ISIS militants and other jihadists, loyal to Washington, are being ‘retrained’ simultaneously” the SVR spokesman said. He stressed that priority is given to immigrants born in the states of the Caucasus and Central Asia.

“Their special detachments are aimed mainly at carrying out sabotage and terrorist actions against units of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria, and now also in Ukraine,” Ivanov said. He further stressed that the training “course” at Al-Tanf includes training in the use of available types of anti-tank missile systems, MQ-1C reconnaissance and strike drones, as well as advanced communications and surveillance equipment. “The facts presented once again confirm that the United States is ready to use any means in order to achieve its geopolitical goals, including sponsoring international terrorist groups,” Ivanov commented. “The Biden administration does not consider the consequences of this, even if we are talking about threats to the security of European allies, and the lives of Americans themselves.”