USA strikes ISIS militants heading toward evacuees

USA strikes ISIS militants heading toward evacuees

USA strikes ISIS militants heading toward evacuees

"We are monitoring their location in real time", he said, adding that the coalition "will not rule out strikes against ISIS fighters being moved".

The U.S. military on Wednesday carried out two airstrikes aimed at stopping hundreds of Islamic State militants evacuated from the Lebanese-Syrian border from relocating to an extremist stronghold in Syria near the border with Iraq.

The top US envoy for the worldwide coalition against Daesh, Brett McGurk, tweeted on Wednesday that it is "irreconcilable" that Daesh "terrorists should be killed on the battlefield, not bused across #Syria to the Iraqi border without #Iraq's consent".

Coalition aircraft struck a small bridge and cratered a road to hinder the convoy's progress.

Lebanese officials say they are nearly sure the remains are of the soldiers.

Dillon criticized Moscow and Damascus for allowing the buses of militants to travel through territory they control.

The ISIS militants ultimately relented Sunday and were forced into a deal with Lebanon, Syria and Hezbollah that allowed them passage out of Lebanon and across Syria to the eastern city of Abu Kamal.

Since then the army has found 10 bodies in the area. It was not immediately clear if any belonged to the captured soldiers, however.


"It had no choice but to accept our conditions", he added, emphasizing Hezbollah's role in revealing the fate of the slaughtered Lebanese soldiers and securing their bodies.

Several critics have responded to the official's tweets, noting that US-backed Syrian fighters gave IS terrorists a safe passage out of the city of Manbij past year.

"We fight the terrorists in Iraq", he said in a speech on Tuesday. Aoun praised the Lebanese army for carrying out the operation that ended with the deal to evacuate IS fighters and their families in return for information about nine troops who were kidnapped by IS in August 2014. Shortly afterward, the remains of eight soldiers were located and exhumed in an area near the border with Syria.

After a meeting with President Michel Aoun, the army commander congratulated the military on "its victory against terrorism" and offered his condolences to the families of fallen soldiers. "Their souls are my responsibility", he told reporters.

Some Islamic State fighters entered the Anbar province's borders with Syria, according to information received from residents of the town of Rawa. The YPG is the most powerful component of the SDF, and the female unit has played a leading frontline role on the battlefield during the Raqqa campaign.

And by mentioning Russian Federation by name, the Trump administration is telling Moscow and Damascus "to stop the charade that Mr Assad cares about beating ISIL in eastern Syria", said Mr Heras.

"We as the Region's Security Council express our concerns about this action and consider it suspicious".

Hundreds of jihadists started leaving the area on Monday, heading by bus for Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor, which borders Iraq and is the only Syrian province still under I.S. control.

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