baghdad - A convoy with hundreds of IS warriors and their families is reversed after air attacks. The buses are driven by the highest US general in the region by areas owned by the Syrian government.
The international coalition against Islamic State on Wednesday made air attacks on a road and a bridge to stop the buses. In the meantime, the vehicles would be in motion again. 'They are inverted and landed in the hands of the Syrian regime,' said General Stephen Townsend against reporters.
Townsend said that the coalition had not attacked the convoy itself. There would be hundreds of civilians among the warriors. The General added that fighter aircraft had fired all IS warriors and vehicles that tried to approach the convoy.
The convoy with about six hundred people left Monday from the border area with Lebanon towards areas still in the hands of the terrorist organization. They could leave unhindered because of a ceasefire with the Syrian army and the Lebanese movement Hezbollah, an ally of the Syrian regime.
That agreement was against the sore leg of Iraq and the international coalition. Baghdad called it 'unacceptable' that hundreds of jihadists got a freelance to travel to Syrian territory near the Iraqi border.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah revealed Thursday that he had traveled personally to Damascus because of the matter. He had asked President Bashar al-Assad to give permission for the evacuation of IS warriors. Thus, Nasrallah hoped, in his own words, to be behind the fate of Lebanese soldiers who had fallen in the hands of the jihadists.
Assad would reluctantly give green light.