Russia’s top military general is accusing U.S. forces in Syria of setting up a special camp to train former operatives of the Islamic State terror group.

Gen. Valery Gerasimov made the allegation in interview with a Russian newspaper published Wednesday, asserting that Washington is discretely training the forces in a bid to further destabilize the nation and prevent Syrian President Bashar Assad from staying in power.

The training is taking place inside a U.S. military base at Tanf, a strategic Syrian highway border crossing with Iraq, said Gen. Garasimov, who is chief of the Russian General Staff.

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