US Warplanes Stop Shadowing Daesh Convoy at Russia’s Request

Syrian forces members stand on a tank next to a vehicle waiting to transport Islamic State (IS) group members in the Qara area in Syria's Qalamoun region on August 28, 2017 as part of a deal between Hezbollah and IS fighters where the jihadists would leave to eastern Syria

Sputnik/Moscow: Following a request by the Kremlin, US military assets have stopped shadowing a Daesh convoy stuck behind lines of advancing Syrian army troops.

Syrian army troops covering ground in the desert province of Deir ez-Zour in the country’s eastern territories have now outflanked a Daesh convoy that has been stationary for almost ten days, after US jets bombed the roadway and bridges ahead, preventing its escape to regions in Iraq still controlled by the rapidly-dwindling armed extremist faction.

The US-led coalition against Daesh quickly agreed to a request by Russian forces in the region to stop surveillance on the convoy, streamlining efforts between Russian- and US-backed forces to defeat the extremists, according to a report from the Guardian.

A convoy of an estimated 17 buses containing Daesh militants and their families has dwindled to 11, after six vehicles abruptly returned to their starting points as Syrian army troops close in.

Food and water has been supplied by the Syrian army to those stranded in the face-off in the middle of the desert.

There have been reports of individual fighters escaping the convoy under cover of darkness, even as the noose tightens around the remaining fugitives. An estimated 85 Daesh fighters have been killed attempting to escape from the convoy, according to a US spokesperson.

US military statements assert that no attacks on the convoy have been made in light of the presence of women and children, cited by Stripes.com.

The Pentagon, while declaring its intention to prevent escaping Daesh fighters from reaching safe havens in Iraq, has shifted responsibility for the safety of those in the convoy to the Syrian government.

“From the start of this situation on Aug. 29, we have placed responsibility for the buses and passengers on the Syrian regime, who in conjunction with Lebanese Hezbollah brokered a deal with [Daesh] to move its terrorists into Iraq,” according to Army Brigadier General Jon Braga, the coalition’s director of operations, cited by Stars and Stripes.

The Syrian army, with Russian air support, broke a three-year Daesh siege of eastern Syrian territories in the Deir ez-Zour on September 5.

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3 Responses to "US Warplanes Stop Shadowing Daesh Convoy at Russia’s Request"

  1. joetv  September 10, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I don’t know what to make of this. I doubt Syrian forces would allow Daesh to escape into Iraq without consulting Iraq. I am also sure that the US doesn’t care. The presence of families means children. No one wants to take responsibility for them. I think the proper thing to do is arrest the fighters (if they aren’t to fight) and repatriate the women and children to their respective countries. But the male Daesh fighters must accept a their fate. But this all happens after certain Daesh fighters are allowed to escape into the night.
    Now, it’s a simple plea dea. The same that is offered to low level felons here in the states. Surrender, plead guilty and do your time. If not, we will arrest and charge your wives too.
    In return we guarantee you don’t go to supermax, and your families will be given safe passage home. Any resistance endangers your loved ones, and we guarantee if you live you will do life.
    Remember this all happened after certain parties escaped by night (night vision optional for all sides). Where to? Into he desert? No, they were picked up at night by US helicopters. Now do what you will with the rest, but remember there are women and children in those buses. And CNN is watching.

  2. JohnZ  September 10, 2017 at 6:23 am

    IF there were any honest, decent moral people within the U.S. military, they should put a stop to this. They need to assert themselves and arrest all who are involved in DAESH , give them a quick trial and dispense justice. America’s reputation has been tarnished beyond repair. America and Washington have no credibility any longer; only jingoist arrogance, greed and insouciance that propels the American war machine along with the prodding of the zionist neo-cons.
    In the end America will be the big loser as will the west as there is no moral fiber left anywhere. The leaders of the west are attempting to hold on to what they have but time is running out for the west. Attempting regime change in order to solve problems of its own doing and for the sake of israel’s oded yinon plan have caused massive disruptions and chaos that have now swamped Europe with uncontrolled immigration. This is their reward for allowing themselves to be puppets to Washington.
    Soon, DAESH will have retreated from Syria but they will not melt away. Where will they go next is the big question.
    Will they turn on their masters?

    • martsiva  September 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      John Z – I agree with what you are saying but the US is already in Syria illegally so how can they arrest these barbarians? Syrians are the only ones who should arrest them. Where will they go? I believe the answer lies with those who have been rescuing them.

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