The Stranded ISIS Bus Convoy That No One Knows What To Do With

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In a bizarre twist to an already unusual story, a convoy of 17 buses carrying Islamic State terrorists and their families has remained stranded since Thursday in the Syrian desert as the US, Russians, and Syrians discuss their fate: attack the convoy or allow it to pass? Regardless of what happens, emerging photos and video depicting ISIS' retreat from Lebanon as well as their current helpless plight stuck in the middle of Syria constitutes perhaps the most significant blow to ISIS propaganda to date.

Earlier this week we reported on the unusual deal which allowed a large convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families to exit their contested stronghold along the Syrian-Lebanese border under the watch of the Lebanese and Syrian armies and Hezbollah after being defeated. As first announced by Hezbollah's Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah in a speech Monday night, the deal involved the transportation of 26 wounded and 308 ISIS fighters, along with 331 civilian family members via buses and ambulances to Syria's eastern province. The controversial deal was struck in return for the bodies of 9 Lebanese soldiers, kidnapped by ISIS in 2014.

Stranded ISIS convoy: there are over 600 in the group, which includes civilian family members. Photo source: Stripes, via Arabic media.

ISIS convoy in Syria. Photo source: Louai Beshara/Agence France-Presse

That convoy was allowed to enter Syria but was attacked by the US-led anti-ISIL Coalition on Wednesday as it crossed open desert on its way to the Islamic State stronghold of Deir Ezzor. Per coalition statement, the convoy wasn't attacked directly - just outlying ISIS vehicles which were attempting to join and bolster the transport. Part of the highway in front of the convoy, including a key bridge, was further targeted in order to stop its movement.

According to the latest update (released Friday afternoon) from the US coalition (@CJTFOIR), the buses remain stranded. Apparently, deliveries of food and water have been made:

After turning around and heading back west from the Abul Kamal area, the convoy of 17 buses containing hundreds of armed ISIS fighters and their families remains in the Syrian Desert between Humayma and As Sukhnah.


...In accordance with the law of armed conflict, the Coalition has struck ISIS fighters and vehicles, including a tank, armed technical vehicles, and transport vehicles seeking to facilitate the movement of ISIS fighters to the border area of our Iraqi partners. Food and water have been provided to the convoy.

The ISIS convoy had reportedly been on an indirect and lengthy route through Syria, likely in order to avoid air strike, before being halted. On Friday the Syrian and Lebanese governments extracted another concession as part of negotiations over the fate of the convoy: ISIS handed over the body of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer to Hezbollah.

Meanwhile Hezbollah's Nasrallah revealed that he personally negotiated the deal with Syrian President Assad, who displayed initial reluctance. As Fox News reports:

"I went to President Assad...I went to Damascus," he said, adding that he sought to convince Assad to let the convoy pass through government territory.


"He [Assad] told me, this is embarrassing for us, but no problem," Nasrallah told supporters gathered in eastern Lebanon for a "victory rally" to celebrate the expulsion of ISIS from the border area.


"The Syrian government has put up with the embarrassment for the sake of Lebanon," he said.

The ceasefire agreement immediately sparked controversy in the region, especially in Iraq, whose leaders see the deal as intentionally allowing more terrorists to settle at its own border. The US coalition was also quick to accuse the deal's brokers as being soft on terrorism and said, "relocating terrorists from one place to another is not a lasting solution.”

But as we pointed out, the US and its allies have routinely allowed for ISIS retreats and transfers much larger in scale which appear purposefully designed to put pressure on the Syrian government. One of the more shocking admissions of such a strategy came in 2016, when then Secretary of State John Kerry was caught on audio telling a Syrian opposition gathering, which met on the sidelines of a U.N. General Assembly meeting, that Obama hoped to use ISIS as leverage against Assad. According to Kerry on the leaked audio (25:50):

"And we know that this was growing, we were watching, we saw that DAESH was growing in strength, and we thought Assad was threatened"... "(We) thought, however, we could probably manage that Assad might then negotiate. But instead of negotiating he got Putin to support him."

One knowledgeable reporter on the ground has observed that the ordeal has been a huge blow to ISIS propaganda. Robert Fisk reports, "some ISIS leaders in Syria did not want members of the group who had surrendered territory to be welcomed back into the so-called caliphate, and the militants should have fought to the death instead." Other observers of Islamic State social media accounts have noted that ISIS members have reacted in disbelief, claiming the entire brokered deal and ISIS retreat to be a fiction of Hezbollah media.

At the moment, terrorists and their families remain sitting on chartered buses in Syrian no-man's land awaiting the decision of regional and foreign militaries controlling land and air over Syria. Will the convoy be destroyed or allowed to pass? Will the US coalition strike and kill over 300 civilian ISIS family members in the process? Simple imprisonment could prove difficult as the ISIS militants were allowed to carry small arms as part of the deal and will surely go down fighting at this point. Or there's the remote chance that the Syrians and Hezbollah actually desire for the US to attack the convoy: the Syrian and Lebanese governments could maintain they upheld their end of the bargain (this becomes important for potential future battlefield deals brokered with other groups), while the US would claim the moral high ground of fighting terror. 

Whatever scenario unfolds, this currently developing story is arguably one of the strangest to come out of recent events in the war.

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Tallest Skil's picture

Why aren’t we slaughtering them down to the last living soul? The answer to that tells you who’s responsible for them.

FilthyHabits's picture

I'll handle it; slowly. I will enjoy it even. My knife kit should still be in Kabul.

Arm Yourselves.

tmosley's picture

Sounds like the deal was with Syria and Iran. Not with the US.

So just kill them.

BaBaBouy's picture

Willkommen Willkommen... Murkel Will gladly Welcome them...

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Confiscate all cell phones and check for text messages from John McCain.

Looney's picture


Can’t they just Uber out of there?   ;-)


PT's picture

Stuck in Syria?  Geeeeeeeeee, what a, ummmmm, coincidence?

Sounds like one ugly white elephant to me.  White Elephant?  For want of a better phrase, that's the closest I can think of.

"A white elephant is a possession which its owner cannot dispose of and whose cost, particularly that of maintenance, is out of proportion to its usefulness. The term derives from the story that the kings of Siam, now Thailand, were accustomed to make a present of one of these animals to courtiers who had rendered themselves obnoxious, in order to ruin the recipient by the cost of its maintenance."

PT's picture

Can't they just walk wherever they want to go?  Millions of "refugees" have been walking to Europe, for how long now?  All by their own little selves.  Don't need to save up money for aeroplane rides and boats.  You just walk everywhere.  Food, clothing and shelter just magically appears.  Don't need to think about any of that stuff.

BLOTTO's picture

Maybe their tourists...are their working washrooms in the back?

The Cooler King's picture

They don't give a shit about the people, but those busses look pretty nice. It's be a shame to let those go to waste.

sincerely_yours's picture

They're Israeli-trained terrorists that IsraHell wants back to finish the job, so it wagged its American slave to stop them.

stizazz's picture

The countries of the world need to grow a pair and get rid of Israhell.

N2OJoe's picture

Well this is awkward. I have a very simple solution but the American and Israeli governments probably wouldn't want to lose their human "assests".

It rhymes with Bone Strike.

Richard Chesler's picture

Show them the mercy of Allah.

Post-Truth Society's picture

More evidence that Trump is a filthy Muslim.  He talks tough, but coddles them.  Remember his first trip to Saudi Arabia?

Speaking of filthy Muslim Trump, he is also Marxist scum.  He wants to send all your tax dollars to Texas, the "lone star" state, which couldn't afford flood insurance apparently because they like opiods instead.

"The convention center has seen a number of drug overdoses, and people have arrived seeking methadone or other opioid-addiction treatments and have been told none are available. CVS and Walgreens have set up mobile pharmacies there with limited stocks of medication."

Fat whiteys OD'ing on opiods. But don't worry, Comrade Trump will redistribute your wealth to take care of them.


Got The Wrong No's picture

Spoken like a true ANTIFA or BLM ass wipe. 

I guess you are too stupid to realize those druggies you are talking about live in an area that voted Democrat. They are your cousins. 

thesonandheir's picture

Wonder if Trump will spare them becuase of the environmental damage leaking fuel would wreak on the Syrian countryside?


Oh no that was the other fella.

Ms No's picture

Isis is cruising around in their Kid Rock luxury tour bus, probably pulling out their nice luggage full of desinger jeans, high dollar laptops and US tax payer purchased cell phones even thought they are from dusty asshole goat-raper desert.  This isn't obvious.

Maybe the US got twitchy and one of their flunkies jumped on somebody rushing the tour bus too fast.

Manthong's picture


They should be accorded all of the courtesy that they gave to James Foley.


HowdyDoody's picture

Israel likes patching up terrorists from Syria. ISIS also has not threatened or attacked Israel, so Israel has nothing to fear from them. Make everyone happy and send the Israel Secret Intelligence Service operatives to Israel.



Manthong's picture


The whole idea of concentration camps has been given a bad rap.

They were made for folks like ISIS f*cks from the get-go.

Take all of the 14 year old and under out… (put them in care) and then take the elders and do whatever needs to be done in the desert.

Anybody of consent age that thinks like an ISIS maniac does not deserve to be treated as a member of the society of man.

Animals and brute savages should be regarded and treated as such.



Dormouse's picture

Light that shit up with an A-10; and get this guy too before he breeds.

Secret Weapon's picture


Doña K's picture

When you don't know what to do, do nothing which will resort in death by starvation. unless of course they order pizza delivered by Amazon drones.

lenz3099's picture

Get the fuck out of this country then faggot. If Trump "is not your president" then america is not your country you traitorous fuck. better yet just shoot yourself you miserable cuck spare your family the shame.

Post-Truth Society's picture

Another poor ZH snowflake triggered by the TRUTH about Trump. You're the traitorous fuck, look in the mirror, faggot.


JamesinNM's picture

SO, what is your picture of perfect America?

STP's picture

User: Post Truth Society = Pro Liar Mob.

lasvegaspersona's picture

"Trumps first trip to Saudia Arabia"...the one where he bowed deep to the King?...that one?...Go back and rewatch the tape. I think you are thinking of a different Trump.

Ajax-1's picture

You are clearly a delusional idiot. Just what makes you think Trump is a Muslim or a Marxist? Go back to Yahoo News and blog with those dumb shits who voted for President Zero, a real Muslim Marxist.

Got The Wrong No's picture

All you have to do is what ISIS would do if the situation was reversed. Make a propaganda film depicting the beheading of the prisoners while celebrating your victory. Show these savages no mercy. They wouldn't.  

Bad Attitude's picture

I was thinking cluster bombs, but then I remembered the fascination these ISIS vermin have with fire. Burn them, their chattel wombs (wives), and their spawn with white phosphorus.

Forward (over the cliff)!

4freedom78's picture

We are not savage like them, a couple of cheap BLU-82 would be perfect for this situation.

JamesinNM's picture

Read Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 about false Jews. Pray for Christ's return and the destruction of all evil.

lasvegaspersona's picture

I got Jesus on the main line....wanna tell him how you feel?

guru69's picture

F**K YOU.  If you were on the bus I wouldn't hesitat.  If you weren't on the bus, I'd wait for you to embark, then wouldn't hesitate to off you.  It's not  about Israel

Conscious Reviver's picture

Sorry hasbra Snowflake, it's all about Israel. Eat shit and die ... or go read up on our hommie Oded Yinon. How are you going to get your kosher gas to Europe without destroying Syria? Laying pipe under the Med is expensive. Try to remember that name, Oded Yinon.

Will you come up with an intelligent, articulate response that acknowledges Oded Yinon's part in the inhuman, catastrophic destruction of Syria?

No, having dealt with creatures like you for years and years, I can safely predict you will not. Go away.

toady's picture

I was gonna call dibs on the bus with the fewest bullet holes...

When you takea step back and think about this, all the racial division and nk stuff all over the news is probably just cover for the humiliating defeat of the  CIA/U.S./ISIS in Syria.

Giant Meteor's picture

As bizzare as it may sound, I believe you are closer to the truth than we may realize.

There are NEW terrorist threats to fight, right here in the good ole US of A .. and they're on it !

Kinda reminiscent of the chopper evac scene on the embassy building in Viet .. 

Time to wind this thing down, and start fighting it out here, in our own back yard ..

Just breakin down the stage props is all, on to new business ..

land_of_the_few's picture

How about ankle-tag them and employ them as toilet cleaners for the next 30 years.

Perimetr's picture

I'll bet the Russians know what to do with them.
Unlike the US, they aren't supporting ISIS

STP's picture

They'd light them up.  Bring in some SU-25's and some if those big MIL Hind attack helicopters and just lay the whole thing to waste.  Fuck the civilians too, the children are future terrorists and the women are the breeders.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

"Attack them, or let them pass?" is a false choice.

The correct answer is, surround them, capture them, and make those fuckers talk. Terminate, with extreme prejudice, anybody from the CIA who tries to interfere or intervene.

Supafly's picture

All I could think about were those nice buses.  One looks like John Madden's.  The conspiracy runs deeper than we thought.

Conscious Reviver's picture

I'm pretty sure Syria rented the buses to move the vermin out to the hinterlands. I feel bad for the drivers, unless they volunteered based on idealogical sympathies.

N57Mike's picture

I recently read "After Stalingrad, Seven Years as a Soviet Prisoner of War" by Adelbert Holl. Do what the Russians' did to the Wehrmacht 6th Army after they surrendered at Stalingrad .... force march for 20 to 24 hours a day, sleep in the cold out on the open ground, if you are lucky, one meal a day of rotten grain soup, watch your friends and comrades die from exaustion, freezing and open wounds and dysentery / diareah for about a month or with no break ... and so on and so on. I am inaccurately paraphrasing, but you get the idea. If you want a snapshot of hell, read the book. Surrendering to the Russians, is a bitch, it is all out war.  

Conscious Reviver's picture

Eisenhower just packed millions of surrendered German soldiers in on top of each other, in the open, no place to sit or lie down. Standing in their own shit. No food or water until they all or almost all died. More died in captivity than during the war.

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