IS Evacuation Deal Sparks Iraqi Outrage

Posted August 31, 2017

"Irreconcilable ISIS terrorists should be killed on the battlefield, not bussed across Syria to the Iraqi border without Iraq's consent", he wrote on Twitter. It ended ISIS's presence on the Lebanese border with Syria where the military had been battling ISIS jihadis for years.

The Secretary General of Hezbollah made the remarks during a speech today in which he taunted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the terrorist group's defeat in Syria and Iraq at the hands of what he called pro-Iranian forces.

The developments also were an embarrassment for the US -backed Lebanese military, which agreed to the deal and had declared victory over the militants.

"There are demands for us to free Deir al-Zor and we are now studying this", she said, adding that the SDF had enough forces to capture the province.

Iraqi social media users expressed outrage at the evacuation deal, which came a week into a Lebanese army offensive against I.S. and a joint Syrian army and Hezbollah operation against the group on Syrian territory.

Iraqi Kurdistan security authority also raised questions about the "suspicious" transfer of hundreds of ISIL militants, saying that the decision to transfer the troops with their arms was counterproductive.

Hezbollah's involvement in the operation against ISIS raises some awkward questions for USA policymakers. "We hope that all relevant parties in the region take a serious stance on this action", it added.

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Buses carrying members of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and their families included a number of children as well, raising concerns as to the humanitarian consequences of a USA strike on the convoy.

"Raqqa's children might look normal on the outside, but inside many are tormented by what they've seen", the charity's Syrian director, Sonia Khush, said.

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. The Assad regime has faced accusations that it has allowed ISIS to prosper and grow in eastern Syria amid six years of civil war. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said this week there were 26 wounded fighters, 308 armed fighters and 331 civilians.

"During our incursions, we try to open safe passages for them so they would not be a target of our attacks, but there are also many mines that led to the deaths of civilians", she said.

"To know the fate of the [kidnapped] soldiers was the goal of the battle, and we have achieved that".

Nasrallah said ISIS had requested a ceasefire but that was refused, and ISIS subsequently agreed to the deal when they realized they would not be victorious. "So they had no choice but to accept our conditions", he said.

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. The jihadi group retains majority control of the province, including the cities of Deir Ezzor and Mayadin.