Russian lieutenant-general killed in ISIS shelling in Syria

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Officer's killing by ISIL blamed on "two-faced policy" while report on Russian air strike on US-backed force is denied.

"At the same time, some of the Syrian Kurds want an autonomous country, that's impossible because Syria's entity as one state cannot be compromised, but if someone wants to and defeat the overall objective of the Syrian government and the Russian military, this could be a move", he stressed.

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday the general had been killed by shelling near Deir al-Zor.

"U.S. Special Operations Forces units enable U.S. -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) units to smoothly advance through the ISIS formations".

US-backed Syrian militias said Russian warplanes struck their positions in Deir Ezzor province on Monday, generating further friction between two rival campaigns against ISIL.

In recognition of his services, Lieutenant-General Asapov is to be presented with a state decoration posthumously. The SDF has advanced from the east with US jets and special forces, capturing the large gas field on the river's bank this week.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, said they came under attack near a major gas field they had seized from Islamic State in recent days.

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According to Konashenkov, Russian drones and other reconnaissance means operating round the clock in the Deir al-Zour area did not register any clashes with SDF militants, traces of explosions or bomb hits.

Iran and Russian Federation are supporting the Syrian government in their push against ISIS in Deir Ezzor province.

Human Rights Watch said Monday the attack raises concerns that the US -led coalition fighting the Islamic State group did not take "adequate precautions to minimize civilian casualties".

SDF fighters have been making their way down the east bank of the Euphrates River in Deir el-Zour, while Syrian troops are mainly operating on the western bank. The Conoco gas plant can produce almost 50 million cubic feet of gas per day. Both fields are located in Deir ez-Zor.

Last week, Moscow told the us that it would retaliate against SDF fighters firing on Syrian government troops as the two forces continue to brush against each other in eastern Syria.

Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement that a representative of the USA military command in Al Udeid, the American operations centre in Qatar, had been "told in no uncertain terms that any attempts to open fire from areas where SDF fighters are located would be quickly shut down".

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