The U.S. Embassy in Ankara categorically denied claims that the U.S. administration is supporting Daesh, a claim that was first voiced by President-elect Donald Trump. “The United States government is not supporting DAESH. The U.S. did not create or support DAESH in the past. Assertions the United States government is supporting DAESH are not true,” the statement said. The statement was released by the embassy a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticized the U.S.-led coalition for their lack of air support in the operation to liberate Syria’s Daesh-held town of al-Bab and claimed that the U.S. provides military support to Daesh. “They were accusing us of supporting Daesh. Now, they are giving support to terrorist groups including Daesh. It’s very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos,” the president had said at a press conference in Ankara. President Erdoğan’s remarks on the alleged U.S. support for terrorist organizations were also supported by the head of Russia’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Aleksey Pushkov in the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament. “Erdoğan is right, there is much evidence proving the U.S.’s support for terrorist organizations. It is absurd for the State Department to claim the opposite,” Puskov said on his official Twitter account. The diplomatic row between Washington and Ankara surfaced after recent media reports showed that Daesh was actively using American made anti-tank TOW missiles in Syria’s Hasakah province.
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