ISIS leaves Lebanon-Syria border

ISIS leaves Lebanon-Syria border

"When ISIS found itself in the last corner facing a critical battle, it surrendered and collapsed and had no other option other but to accept our conditions", he declared, adding that the deal meant "mission accomplished".

After announcing the air strikes aimed at blocking the convoy on Wednesday, Col Dillon stressed that the coalition was "not bound by these agreements". "Their claim of fighting terrorism rings hollow when they allow known terrorists to transit territory under their control".

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

This is not the first time Hezbollah drones have been seen in Syria. One of the worst spillovers of the foreign backed war into Lebanon was in 2014, when ISIS and Nusra Front briefly overran the border town of Arsal.

"The Lebanese army can now set up checkpoints along the border comfortably because the security threat on the other side is no longer there", Nasrallah said. It was not immediately clear if any belonged to the captured soldiers, however.

Syrian Al-Ikhbariya TV said the Syrian government approved the transfer of militants to Boukamal to facilitate the talks over the fate of the soldiers.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun declared victory against IS on Wednesday and praised the Lebanese army for carrying out the operation.

"We fight the terrorists in Iraq", he said in a speech on Tuesday.

Hundreds of fighters started leaving the area on Monday, heading by bus for Syria's eastern province of Deir Az Zor, which borders Iraq and is the only Syrian province still under ISIL control. The Lebanese army said the ceasefire would allow negotiations on the return of nine soldiers held by ISIS since 2014. "Either to go on with the battle and not know the fate of the soldiers or give in and know the fate of the soldiers", Aoun said.

State news agency SANA said 10 people were killed and 28 wounded when the vehicles they were traveling in drove over mines.

The US-led coalition of around seventy countries has been fighting ISIS for three years and is on the verge of defeating the group in Iraq as well as in its capital of Raqqa in Syria.

Washington agrees. The harsh language and combined criticism of Hizbollah, Mr Assad and Russian Federation exposes the regime's game, said Nicholas Heras, a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

The U.S. -led alliance said it ordered airstrikes along certain roads to prevent the IS convoy from arriving in the militant group's transfer. "The Coalition is monitoring the movement of these fighters in real-time". 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. Iran has been one of Assad's main backers since Syria's conflict began in March 2011.

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