TEHRAN US Army troops staged fresh drills in al-Tanf military base in Homs province near the border with Iraq as it has started recruiting new militants there, media reports said.
The US-led coalition forces have paved the ground for recruiting fresh militants in al-Tanf military base in order to strengthen its military power in Badiya (desert) of Homs province, the pro-militant Euphrates Post quoted special sources as saying.
It noted that the newly-recruited militants are undergoing training in Jordan under the US-led coalition officers, and said, "The US Army and Maghavir al-Thaura terrorist group have conducted joint drills in al-Tanf military base.
Special sources also pointed to the rise in US' movements in the military bases under the US control in Eastern Syria, and said the US-led coalition has dispatched massive military equipment and logistical supplies to al-Omar military base in al-Omar oil zone in Eastern Deir Ezzur through air.
In a relevant development on Thursday, the sources said that nearly 28,000 civilians are being held in al-Rukban camp in Homs province which is under occupation by the US and its affiliated militants in al-Tanf region.
Field sources in Eastern Homs reported that a new group of 1,000 civilians could flee al-Rukban camp at the borders with Iraq last Wednesday through Jaliqam corridor in Eastern Homs towards the Syrian army-controlled regions.
Meantime, the medical team affiliated to the Red Crescent in Syria reported that most children who have left the camp are suffering different diseases due to the lack of medical and treatment facilities.
Also, the Russian and Syrian Joint Coordination Committees said that around 28,000 Syrian citizens still remain in al-Rukban refugee camp.
"Most Syrian citizens return from Syria's neighboring states. Every day, between 1,000 and 2,000 people come to the country from Jordan and Lebanon, confirming that the measures have been effective," said a statement signed by the heads of the Russian and Syrian coordination headquarters Mikhail Mizintsev and Hussein Makhlouf.
It added that more than 1.8mln refugees have come back home, including over 1.3mln internally displaced and another 500,000 refugees coming back from other countries.
The Russian and Syrian Joint Coordination Committees had also earlier declared that around 28,000 Syrian citizens are still in al-Rukban refugee camp since they are unable to leave the area.
"About 28,000 Syrians who cannot leave its territory remain in Rukban in appalling conditions due to being hostage to the US-controlled armed groups," read the document signed by the committees' heads Mikhail Mizintsev of Russia and Hussein Makhlouf of Syria.
It stressed that the armed groups demanded up to $1,500 for leaving the camp and "the vast majority of camp residents do not have."
Russia and Syria called on the US command in the al-Tanf area "to foil the criminal activities of the armed groups under its control and ensure the unhindered exit of Rukban camp residents".
Source: Fars News Agency