A convoy of ISIS militants found itself with nowhere to go after getting stuck Thurs. in Syria following U.S.â€“led airstrikes in that blocked it in.
Greater than 300 militants & their families have been within the convoy of buses after vacating the Lebanon-Syria border as part of a Hezbollah-negotiated deal to transport them to an ISIS-held town in japanese Syria near the Iraqi border.
The deal has angered Iraq & the U.S., which started airstrikes Wed. to dam the convoyâ€™s advance.
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â€œTheyâ€™re on the move. Theyâ€™re making an attempt a special route; weâ€™re watching right through,â€� Col. Ryan Dillon, the American coalition spokesman, told The- New York NY Times. “If ISIS desires to continue to send known ISIS fighters & automobiles towards this convoy, we’ll continue to fight them.”
After being stuck for hours at an exchange point, the buses moved additional north to a government-controlled area while negotiations continued looking for a brand new means to reach an ISIS-held area additional east.
Earlier within the day, ISIS handed over to Hezbollah the body of a lately captured Iranian Revolutionary Guard member as part of the deal.
The Lebanese Hezbollah group, which negotiated the arguable agreement, stated it had received the body of Mohsen Hojaji & would conduct DNA tests before sending his remains onward to Iran. The- handover was reported by the Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV.
The militants exposed the locations of the remains of Lebanese troopers captured in 2014 in exchange for protected passage via Syrian government-held territory in to ISIS-held area near the Iraqi border.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah stated Thurs. he met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in individual & asked for his assist in securing the deal in that might assist clear the Lebanon-Syria border area.
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“I went to President Assad…I went to Damascus,” he stated, in addition to in that he sought to persuade Assad to let the convoy pass via authorities territory.
“He [Assad] told me, this is embarrassing for us, still no drawback,” Nasrallah told supporters gathered in japanese Lebanon for a “victory rally” to celebrate and honor the expulsion of ISIS from the border area.
“The Syrian authorities has put up with the embarrassment for the sake of Lebanon,” he stated.
U.S. airstrikes on Wed. destroyed a little bridge & cratered a road, forcing the convoy to halt. The- U.S. has not focused the evacuees themselves, still has struck different groups of ISIS militants in japanese Syria. Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, stated some ambulances in that have been part of the ISIS convoy have been capable of cross in to ISIS-held territories in Syria.Â
He stated the group was on the lookout for ways the convoy might cross in to ISIS-held areas with out being struck by the united statesled coalition.
Dillon stated the coalition continued to monitor the buses.
“The buses haven’t made it to ISIS-held territory & we’ll persist with what we stated yesterday, and that’s we will strike ISIS parts with out harming civilians whenever & wherever we’ll,” Dillon stated.
Additionally Thurs., Syrian troops & allied forces captured a strategic mountain overlooking the Deir el-Zour province, which was mostly under ISIS control, in accordance to Iranian state tv.
Russia, which is offering air support to Assad’s forces, stated capturing the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province is the present military priority.Â
The Related Press contributed to this report.