Hezbollah leader defends evacuation of IS fighters

Hezbollah leader defends evacuation of IS fighters

Hezbollah leader defends evacuation of IS fighters

"Daesh [IS] is done, but we may still find caves with bombs in them", he said.

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

The deal is part of a cease-fire agreement along the Lebanon-Syria border between Lebanon's army and Hezbollah, and Syria's army. "We will not rule out strikes against IS fighters being moved", Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon flatly declared to the Associated Press.

A US State Department spokesperson told PRI that "the Lebanese Armed Forces has been successfully defending Lebanon's borders and fighting ISIS and other extremists on the front lines".

Video of that engagement showed the Syrian army and fighters from Hezbollah - a Shia Islamist militant group and political party - pounding Islamic State positons in the mountain region close to the Lebanon border last week.

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The convoy was organized after separate, simultaneous assaults against the group were launched last week by the Lebanese army in eastern Lebanon, and by the Lebanese Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah and the Syrian army in western Syria.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi called the peace deal an "insult to the Iraqi people", adding "honestly speaking, we are unhappy and consider it incorrect". McGurk added that the anti-IS coalition will help ensure that "these terrorists can never" enter Iraq.

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Baghdad-based analyst Hisham al-Hashimi wrote on Facebook that Iraq's "selfish ally preferred to throw Daesh danger from Lebanon to Iraq, while Iraqis demolished the second-largest city (Mosul) in order not to enable Daesh militants to flee (to Syria) and damage the neighbor".

Lebanon has defended the agreement, in which the militants are said to have revealed the location of the remains of nine Lebanese soldiers who were captured in 2014.

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"We transported those defeated militants from one front we fight in to another front we also fight in", he said.

Almost two dozen buses and 11 ambulances carried the militants and their families Monday from the area straddling the Syria-Lebanon border toward the Islamic State-held town of Boukamal in eastern Syria. "We don't expel them to Syria; we kill them in Iraq", Abadi said. "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", he said.

Lebanese army General Fadi Daoud said the area had been secured, but that there was still a danger of mines laid by the jihadists.

Hezbollah militants believe that the war in Syria is an Israeli and American conspiracy to unseat enemies in the region and weaken the pro-Iranian axis.

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