Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, travels freely throughout Iraq’s Anbar province under protection of the US military.
A group of US troops in Syria struck a deal with captured ISIS fighters, under which the militants would be granted safe passage out of Deir ez-Zor Province in exchange for tons of stolen gold. US Army choppers have already airlifted over $2 billion worth of plundered gold out of Syria.
Like an earlier Sputnik story, the report provides no factual evidence to support claims of US-ISIS dealings in gold. Both reports were originally published by SANA, Syria's state-run news agency, and cite "eyewitness accounts" and "local sources" on every detail of the transaction, including the amount of gold exchanged, its origin, the total volume transported to the US so far, and the amount remaining in ISIS coffers.
The story advances a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on US support for ISIS.