"Like Moths To The Flame": ISIS Fighters Cut Down While Approaching Stranded Convoy

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A convoy of buses containing hundreds of lightly armed ISIS terrorists and their family members remains stuck in the Syrian desert and pinned down as US and coalition planes continue to pick off militants who stray too far from the group. External ISIS vehicles have also tried to access and aid the group, but as US coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan S. Dillon statedcoalition aircraft are picking them off as they come close "like moths to the flame."

Dillon estimated that over 40 ISIS vehicles were destroyed, including nearly 100 terrorists killed, while heading toward the convoy as the coalition has been "able to continue to just observe and pick them off one at a time.” But on Friday afternoon the US alliance announced the sudden withdrawal of its surveillance aircraft over the site at Russia's request, publishing the following statement:

At approximately 7am GMT Sept. 8, Syrian pro-regime forces advanced past the 11-bus convoy of ISIS terrorists and non-combatants in the eastern Syrian desert. To ensure safe de-confliction of efforts to defeat ISIS, coalition surveillance aircraft departed the adjacent airspace at the request of Russian officials during their assault on Dawyr Az Zawyr.


The Syrian Army and Hezbollah in the Qara area in Syria's Qalamoun mountains when the ISIS bus convoy deal was initiated on August 28, 2017. Photo source: AFP/Louai Beshara


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

The convoy has been stranded in no-man's land on the Syrian battlefield since at least last Wednesday (9/30) after its progress was halted by US coalition airstrikes along the evacuation route, including a key bridge. The Lebanese government and Hezbollah arranged a deal with Syria to allow the convoy to pass as ISIS fighters and their families were transferred from northeast Lebanon after loosing a decisive battle there. In exchange, ISIS handed over the bodies of previously kidnapped Lebanese soldiers as well as a the body of an Iranian Revolutionary Guards officer to Hezbollah.

The deal, which President Assad acknowledged as "an embarrassment" has been mired in controversy as it would result in experienced ISIS fighters being dropped in eastern Syria along the Iraq border. Both Iraq and the US have vociferously protested the arrangement, essentially labeling the deal an intentional terror transfer that will hinder Iraq's ongoing anti-ISIS fight. 

But US officials have failed to acknowledged that the deal was first and foremost brokered by the Lebanese government, specifically Prime Minister Saad Hariri and President Michel Aoun. A reluctant Assad agreed to let the convoy pass after the personal intervention of Nasrallah, who argued the deal would result in fewer Lebanese lives lost as the army sought to root out the final few hundred ISIS fighters in the border region of Arsal after their recent overall defeat (in what was set to be a "fight to the death" scenario). The United States has given over $1 billion in military aid to Lebanon over the past years, and itself contributed US special forces support for the successful Arsal anti-ISIS campaign. While the US coalition has highlighted Hezbollah's role in the deal, it has conveniently side-stepped the lead role of its own allies in the Lebanese government.  

For the past week and a half a catch-22 standoff has developed: Syria made a difficult and embarrassing deal - in Hezbollah leader's Hassan Nasrallah's words "for the sake of Lebanon" - yet it's a deal which is going unfulfilled as the US coalition intervened to stop the evacuation. At the same time Hezbollah fighters are escorting the convoy as part of upholding its end of the bargain. Friday's Operation Inherent Resolve statement confirms that though Russia waived off American surveillance in the area, the coalition's stance has not changed, nor does it appear that the remaining ISIS buses have moved:

“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 ISIS to move its terrorists into Iraq,” said Brig. Gen. Jon Braga, director of operations for the Coalition. “The regime’s advance past the convoy underlines continued Syrian responsibility for the buses and terrorists. As always, we will do our utmost to ensure that the ISIS terrorists do not move toward the border of our Iraqi partners,” said Braga.

The ISIS fighters and their families have continued to be provided food and water through Syrian government lines. The group exited Lebanon with 17 chartered buses along with an unknown number of individual vehicles - all attempting to make it to ISIS held Abu Kamal in Deir Ezzor Province close to the Iraq border, but that number was reduced to 11 this week as 6 buses returned to an unknown fate in Syrian government territory. In a speech announcing specifics at the beginning of the evacuation, Nasrallah put the original numbers at 308 ISIS fighters and 331 civilian family members in the convoy.  Wounded ISIS members travelling in ambulances reportedly made it to Islamic State territory ahead of the convoy last week. 

The US coalition has stated its desire to separate the militants from their families in order to destroy the ISIS terrorists. Apparently there are even pregnant women in the group - this according to Hezbollah's Al Manar news network. The US issued a statement Tuesday, saying, “Coalition leaders have communicated a course of action to the Russians, providing the Syrian regime an opportunity to remove the women and children from this situation.”

Though the whole arrangement is one of the more bizarre deals to come out of the Syrian war, it's been widely seen as a blow to ISIS propaganda and recruiting efforts. Last week Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk reported, "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 initially reacted in disbelief, claiming the entire brokered deal and ISIS retreat to be a fiction of Hezbollah media.

With the Syrian Army's assault on Deir Ezzor city successfully underway, it is likely that Assad's calculation was to allow the pressure to be let off Lebanon (and perhaps repaying a favor to Hezbollah, which has sacrificed much to defend Syria) with the thinking that the ISIS stronghold of Deir Ezzor Province would be the next to be pummeled anyway. In meantime, this stranded ISIS convoy episode continues to be among the more bizarre waiting games of the entire war.

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TeamDepends's picture

Thanks for the chuckle.  You hobosexuals despise Putin because he doesn't put up with your shenanigans.

Mr Hankey's picture

Yomutti& Iran Contra same person.

HowdyDoody's picture

SmittyInLA is doing a good impression of s/he/it too.

xavi1951's picture

MOAB the buses already.  Women and children?  They are supporting the fighters. F'em.

FORD_FIESTA's picture

Everybody gets killed.....sooner now than later. Burn the Desert to Glass, save humanity.

tmosley's picture

I guess you eat your bait on the way to the fishin' hole too.

authentic8's picture

"Women and children?  They are supporting the fighters."

Not necessarily. ISIS has kidnapped and raped a lot of women. Besides that, young children can hardly be accused of supporting the fighters, can they?

TBT or not TBT's picture

The trick is to have no one know about it.  Like with Darfour, Rwanda, and everything that happens in sub Saharan Africa every moment of every day.  

StychoKiller's picture

Use some of those captured USA ManPADs on the buses, then pin it on USA Special Forces.

ConnectingTheDots's picture

You have it all wrong here. The US could easily have wiped these ISIS fighters from the desert, but this is proof that the US is actually protecting them (and killing a few when necessary for propaganda purposes). The US created ISIS and uses them as the bogeyman to continue the "war on terror" which is really just a lame excuse to have our military stay in the area and protect corporate interests.

I do believe that Israel will also live to regret their support of ISIS as this beast will one day turn around and bite them, bad. They are playing a very dangerous game.

toady's picture

I'm thinking the women and children are bait... probably the families of ISIS leaders that "know too much"... eventually they'll try to save them and be killed.

Dead men tell no tales.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Yeah those Islamist types are so attached to the welfare of women.  

toady's picture

Meh.... you're probably right.... no one ever said it was a good plan... still, it appears they're coming  to  the busses for something...

Mazzy's picture

Hezbollah is not a terrorist group, that's what the US/Israeli media want you to think.  In reality they are protectors, defenders of life....freedom fighters if you will, who can and DO stand up to Israeli aggression and Israeli terrorism.

Besides, Putin is playing Chess here.  The US is playing Checkers (BOMB THEM! seems to be our only response to anything).  Like the article pointed out at the beginning, you attract more flies with honey by allowing the bus to remain.  It's a trap and Putin/Nasrallah/Assad have been smart enough to create the snare.

 

IranContra's picture

ISIS are MI6-Russia-Iran psy-ops. It's plain to see for those who have eyes. Why? Excuses for Iran and Russia to kill and displace Sunni Arabs, the Iranification of the Middle East.

God said to Abraham "kill your son Ishmael" as symbolism, because that was the price for having Muhammad be a descendant of Ishmael: Arabs will be slaughtered by luciferians.

Trump and his Arab allies will stop Iran.

Mr Hankey's picture

I talk to my self sometimes too.

FreedomWriter's picture

Wow, talk about getting that ass-backwards. ISIS has now outlived it's usefulness for US policy makers and their regional allies. A similar thing happened to the Kurds during the Saddam regime and the Iraq Iran war.

They will now either be slaughtered on the borders of Iraq, dragged into Syrian prisons or put in front of firing squads. These people are now a serious liabilty to their ex-sponsors who would much prefer to forget about them and what they have done. No wonder Assad is embarrassed.

I still feel bad for the dopey adolescent girls who thought it was a good idea to marry a "freedom fighter" or were given no choice. An ugly ending for what is hopefully the end of an ugly policy.

Slippery Slope's picture

Unlike the US, Russian Foreign Policy isn't dictated to it by a foreign tribe in the Middle East.

grasha87's picture

I have a solution to the problem of the monetary system based on debt which cause recessions. It's called the wallark, and is a currency based on Say's law: https://bunky1787.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/the-wallark-neo-scrip/

General Titus's picture

Merkel is a Kalergist who even won the Kalergi award called the Charlegmagne Prize for doing to the most that year to destroy Western Civilization via Muslim & Turd world immigration invasion/replacement of Western (Caucasian) peoples

OverTheHedge's picture

I didn't know about that, so I looked it up. To be fair to Mutti, she got got the Charlemagne prize in 2008, before she started opening the floodgates to non-Europeans. This year's winner is a Brit - this award is all about promoting "European Unity", or in other words, rebuilding the Holy Roman (i.e. German) empire. Quite why they thought some UK academic was best for this, this year of all years, is a question for the good burgers of Aachen.

General Titus's picture

Mass immigration is a phenomenon the causes of which are cleverly concealed by the political elites, and the multicultural propaganda is employed to falsely portray it as inevitable. In this article we intend to prove once and for all, that mass immigration is not a spontaneous phenomenon. What the elites  try to present as an inevitability of modern life, is actually the product of a plan conceived around a table and prepared over decades, to completely change the face of our continent.

The Pan-Europe

 

The Coudenhove-Kalergi plan – The genocide of the Peoples of Europe

 

http://www.westernspring.co.uk/the-coudenhove-kalergi-plan-the-genocide-...

General Titus's picture
The Kalergi Plan Kalergi described his dreams for a One World Government with its foundations in the European Union. He hoped that the European project would go on to become the blueprint for a society run entirely by the global elite over a completely powerless population. He wrote that he wished to see the end of national sovereignty and self-determination and he believed that nationalism, and indeed the very concept of nations, could be demolished through multi-culturalism. He wrote that a society that was racially and ethnically diverse was one which was easily controllable by the political elite. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/the_kalergi_plan_and_why_world_leaders_are_r... The Kalergi Plan Kalergi described his dreams for a One World Government with its foundations in the European Union. He hoped that the European project would go on to become the blueprint for a society run entirely by the global elite over a completely powerless population. He wrote that he wished to see the end of national sovereignty and self-determination and he believed that nationalism, and indeed the very concept of nations, could be demolished through multi-culturalism. He wrote that a society that was racially and ethnically diverse was one which was easily controllable by the political elite. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/the_kalergi_plan_and_why_world_leaders_are_r... The Kalergi Plan Kalergi described his dreams for a One World Government with its foundations in the European Union. He hoped that the European project would go on to become the blueprint for a society run entirely by the global elite over a completely powerless population. He wrote that he wished to see the end of national sovereignty and self-determination and he believed that nationalism, and indeed the very concept of nations, could be demolished through multi-culturalism. He wrote that a society that was racially and ethnically diverse was one which was easily controllable by the political elite. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/the_kalergi_plan_and_why_world_leaders_are_r...

It was Count Richard Eljiro von Coudenhove-Kalergi (henceforth referred to briefly as ‘Count Kalergi’) who in 1950 won the first Coudenhove-Kalergi prize, now better known as the Charlemagne Prize. This prestigious prize has been awarded every year (but sometimes in alternate years) to world-renowned statesmen for the promotion of “European integration”—a euphemism for multiculturalism, mass Third World immigration, and the slow and covert extinction of the White European people by means of miscegenation, mongrelization, and general interbreeding with the darker races of the Third World

The Kalergi Plan Kalergi described his dreams for a One World Government with its foundations in the European Union. He hoped that the European project would go on to become the blueprint for a society run entirely by the global elite over a completely powerless population. He wrote that he wished to see the end of national sovereignty and self-determination and he believed that nationalism, and indeed the very concept of nations, could be demolished through multi-culturalism. He wrote that a society that was racially and ethnically diverse was one which was easily controllable by the political elite. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/the_kalergi_plan_and_why_world_leaders_are_r...

http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2016/10/04/the-coudenhove-kalergi-p...

FixItAgainTony's picture

I'm on it bub, I got this, you can count on me, no problemo, I'll get you an after action report.

Swampster's picture

ALL WHITE COUNTRIES MUST PERISH SO THE JEW WORLD ORDER MAY FLOURISH!

 


guru69's picture

sniveling scared cunt

falak pema's picture

Caucasian is exactly the ethnicity of those sitting in those buses in SYria...just saying...

Replacing old caucasians with new caucasians; is what they blame Mutti for?

Haha!

And, Muslims are part of Abraham's breed... those who founded Jerussssssssalemmm, where Jesussssss was booooorn !

General Titus, your ancestor destroyed Jerussssalem for the Roman PAGANS and for greater glory of Pax Romana; ancestorrrrr of Pax Americana, whose cloned copy sits in Nero's DC today...now heading for 476 AD type reset by the looks of it ! 

Could Irma be an advance warning... like Vesuvius erupting?

General Titus's picture

Phallic penis Is a Hasborat, also known as a Hasbara troll

A Guide To Hasbara Trolls

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/jonathon-blakeley-a-guide-to-hasbara-tro...

General Titus's picture

According to historian Michael Hoffman, the *jews* hate Christ, Mary, Isabella, & General Titus the most.

Semites & Ashkenazis are Neanderthals, just saying!

falak pema's picture

Jesus was a Jew you dummy so was mary and so was saint peter ...

WTF !

So all Caucasians are neanderthals; that figures! 

Now you talk evolution not bible creationism; in which case you can't use either religion or race as an argument for western "exceptionalism"...its all about CULTURE and knowledge staying in step with power and individual evolution of feelings and cognizance.

In which case whats left to hold up that claim of Caucasian roots?

Only ONE THING : Hellenism and its CULTURAL timeline including democracy and freewill under Law (Rome's contribution) ; aka Aristotle and consorts including Cicero and Romans, then Renaissance then Enlightenment and then the Liberal revolution of Masonic founding fathers (all liberals and agnostics)...until we hit Lincoln and federation and then FDR and Human rights and UN to ensure level playing field amongst sovereign nation states.

That is the US and western world's cuLTURAL and political  timeline; where values, culture and politics stay in step :  the Aristotelian legacy of consensus and golden mean which respect "golden rule" ethics!

General Titus's picture

Yeah Christ was a Jew, before the letter J was created.  Makes sense.

Are you one of those Hasborat's who origins come from the Caucaus Mtns? What are they called again, Ashke-NAZIS.

Caucaus Mtns where the Neanderthals got pushd too. :-)!

 

 

falak pema's picture

you can scratch your racial nuts all you want; I don't buy racism so go fuck a duck.

Your problem with the letters of the alphabet is laughable, as well your knowledge of historical timeline. The Khazars were 6th century tribal resurgence and if they converted to Yahve whats the big deal?

Their neighbours Georgians and Armenians converted to that other Religion of Jewish origin : Christianity a few centuries earlier ! 

And the Arabs and Persians did the same with Islam in the 7th century.

Big ideological revolution in those days.

Pagan Gods were losing their virile Dicks, who knows why!

Maybe 'cos they drank too much Uzo !

Arrow4Truth's picture

Yeah, but the J is pronounce (hey). You know, hey-zeus. 

Mr Hankey's picture

Caucasian is a race, not an ethnicity. 

drendebe10's picture

Fuk dat progressive liberal kraut dried up withered nasty fossilized kunt

U4 eee aaa's picture

Kind of hoping to add Merkle to their group

kbohip's picture

No need to ask.  Her legs are spread wide open and ready to receive them.

veritas semper vinces's picture

The question should be why does US fell the need to always,always,f*ck things up? When it is uninvited,illegally there?

And ,at the same time as it does this  F rated show ,it has multiple heliborne operations to save ISIS leaders/fighters and families and take them who knows where.(Afghanistan? Europe? Phillipine? Myamar?).There was another one yesterday.They are foreign ISIS fighters.(can we say See Eye Ayy,Mo$$ad,Em Eye 6?)

This qualifies as fighting ISIS,I guess.

This is what the Russians say:"It is President Trump who must comment on this and declare clearly: either the evacuation of the ISIL field commanders was authorized by him personally and he assumes all political responsibility for this step, or the (US) special services acted without his approval," Korotchenko said.

waiting for the comments explaining how Trump is fighting ISIS

barkingbill's picture

this expresses the great german idealism!

zebra77a's picture

Imagine the bus toilet by now..

Akzed's picture

Prolly needs emptying.

jcaz's picture

They won't know the difference.....

neidermeyer's picture

I had an Arab couple seated across the aisle from me let their child poop on the aircraft seat INTENTIONALLY ,, Housekeepers in UAE tell me that they don't toilet train their kids ,, just let them poop in the corner of a room and let the maid clean it up...

Killdo's picture

it reminds me of my flight once from Dubai to NY - and indian couple in their late 30s had a small 2-3 year old son - he was screaming as loud as possible for no reason - they just ignored him. THe kid looked not-retarded just bored. He was screaming and screaming - they never tried to tell him to stop. Then a few hours into the flight he started pulling his mother's hair with both hands as much as possible. The woman (dressed in khakis and banana republic polo - both parents seemed like programmers/geeks) did not say anything - and the kid kept pulling and pulling - I am sure it hurt. I wonder what kind of idiot the kid is growing up to become - after such untisocially permissive neglect. I told my friend who usedto be married to a girl whose parents were indian - he told me that was normal behavior for them. Kids are apparently very spoilled but he said at the same time also very much bullied/humiliated by their parents if they don't perform as requested. 

FixItAgainTony's picture

Kid is a future Silicon Valley billionaire. Bet he gets shanked when the food turns off.

Individual's picture

Ahmed.

Shitter's Full.

~Ramadan vacation.