Convoy containing Daesh fighters, families remains in Syrian desert

(MENAFN- Emirates News Agency (WAM))

WASHINGTON, 2nd September, 2017 (WAM) -- The Combined Joint Task Force for 'Operation Inherent Resolve' revealed on Friday that the convoy of 17 buses containing hundreds of armed Daesh fighters and their families "remains in the Syrian Desert between Humayma and As Sukhnah" after "turning around and heading back west from the Abul Kamal area."

In a statement, the Coalition said that it "has not struck the convoy," and that it hit Daesh fighters and vehicles, which included "a tank, armed technical vehicles, and transport vehicles seeking to facilitate the movement of Daesh fighters to "the border area of our Iraqi partners."

"Food and water have been provided to the convoy," it added.

The statement went on to say that the Coalition had communicated with Russia, "to deliver a message to the Syrian regime, that the Coalition will not condone Daesh fighters moving further east to the Iraqi border."

It affirmed that "the Coalition values human life and has offered suggestions on a course of action to save the women and children from any further suffering as a result of the Syrian regime's agreement."

"The Coalition and our Iraqi partners were not a party to the agreement between the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Syrian regime and Daesh to allow these experienced fighters to transit territory under the Syrian regime control to the Iraqi border," it reiterated.

The statement further noted that Daesh "is a global threat, relocating terrorists from one place to another for someone else to deal with, is not a lasting solution."

"In accordance with the law of armed conflict, the Coalition will continue to take action against Daesh whenever and wherever we are able to without harming civilians," the statement concluded.

WAM/Nour Salman


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