Daesh Preparing Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria: Russian MoD

MOSCOW- Terrorists from the so-called "Islamic State" terror group (Daesh, ISIS, IS) are making preparations for a chemical attack on US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in Deir Ezzor to provoke a US air strike on Syrian troops, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, according to Itar Tass.

According to the ministry, 11 terrorists trained abroad earlier arrived in Syria and are currently filling mines with chemical substances. The chemical munitions are planned to be used in an attack on the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces  in the Hajin area of the Deir ez-Zor province, the ministry said.

 "ISIL militants plan to carry out the attack from the direction of the nearest positions occupied by pro-government units, in order to provoke a massive US air strike on them," the statement adds.

The Russian Defense Ministry also said that the Command of the Russian troops in Syria had ordered the monitoring of the situation in the province.

"For the timely detection of a chemical poisoning risk for civilians, a mobile radiation, chemical and biological protection complex will be sent to the Deir ez-Zor province, as well as Russian experts," the ministry added.