U.S. disrupts evacuation of IS militants in Syria

U.S. disrupts evacuation of IS militants in Syria

Save the Children on August 28 also said a bombing campaign has increased the "nightmares" for young people in the self-declared IS capital, which is under siege by USA -backed Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters. "Transferring terrorists from Qalamoun (along the Lebanese-Syrian border) to the Iraqi-Syrian border is worrying and an insult to the (Iraqi) people".

The evacuation agreement, the first such publicized deal, had already angered many Iraqis who accused Syria and Lebanon's Hezbollah of dumping the militants on the Iraqi border rather than eradicating them. "They're clearly fighters and they're moving to another location to fight yet again".

The transfer of the militants marks the first time the Islamic State group has negotiated a forced evacuation for its fighters.

More than 48 hours after they left the Syria-Lebanon border for eastern Syria, the buses carrying 300 militants and nearly as many of their relatives were stuck in a desert area on the outskirts of the largely IS-held Deir el-Zour province near the frontier with Iraq.

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Many hundreds more also took shelter on no man's land after failing to cross the border since the last two days. A military source , however, blamed what he described as insurgents for torching the buildings.

The main security body of the Iraqi Kurdistan region also condemned the deal, questioning the motivation of the Syrian regime and its key Lebanese ally for dealing with the jihadi group responsible for capturing swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory since 2014 and the murder of thousands.

The Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, faulted Syria for relocating the Islamic State fighters to its eastern frontier, which is the border with Iraq.

Syrian activists say alternate routes are being considered to bring the militants to Boukamal, an IS-controlled town on the Iraqi border, according to the agreement.

The militants were given safe passage to the Syrian province of Deir al-Zor.

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"We fight the terrorists in Iraq".

Islamic State agreed to a ceasefire deal that took effect on Sunday with the Lebanese army on one front and Hezbollah with the Syrian army on the other.

Nowruz Ahmed sits on the military council of the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and as one of a small number of members of its Raqqa general command is one of the most senior commanders in the offensive. Iran has been one of Assad's main backers since Syria's conflict began in March 2011.

In 2014, ISIS and al-Qaeda militants overran the Lebanese border town of Arsal, kidnapping 30 Lebanese soldiers and sending shockwaves through the country. In Syria, under separate attacks from a USA -led coalition and from the Russian-backed Syrian army, it is falling back on its strongholds along the Euphrates valley east of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the caliphate it declared in 2014. "Either to go on with the battle and not know the fate of the soldiers or succumb and know the fate of the soldiers", Aoun said.

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