Con­voy of IS ve­hi­cles hit dur­ing trans­fers

The Scotsman - - World News - By BASSEM MROUE

The Us-led coali­tion says it has struck an Is­lamic State con­voy com­ing from mil­i­tant-held territory in Syria to meet IS evac­uees be­ing trans­ferred un­der a con­tro­ver­sial deal.

US of­fi­cials have crit­i­cised the trans­fer of hun­dreds of mil­i­tants and civil­ians who are head­ing for an Is-held area near the Iraqi bor­der, say­ing the ex­trem­ists should be killed on the bat­tle­field.

Col Ryan Dil­lon said the airstrike hit ve­hi­cles iden­ti­fied as be­long­ing to IS that were trav­el­ling from Is-held territory to­ward the con­voy.

Coali­tion of­fi­cials say they are not bound by the evac­u­a­tion agree­ment bro­kered by Le­banon’s Hezbol­lah mil­i­tant group, and may strike the evac­uees them­selves.

An ear­lier coali­tion airstrike de­stroyed a small bridge and left craters in a road, hin­der­ing the move­ment of the evac­uees.

There are about 300 mil­i­tants and al­most as many fam­ily mem­bers on buses be­ing evac­u­ated un­der the deal, which ended the IS pres­ence along the Le­banon-syria bor­der.

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