30 Aug '17, 6pm

US airstrike prevents Islamic State fighters from reaching eastern Syria

The US-led coalition has carried out an air strike to block Islamic State fighters from reaching eastern Syria after they were evacuated from Lebanon. The fighters were heading for the town of Al Bukamal, which borders Iraq. The evacuations were part of a ceasefire deal the Islamic State struck with the Syrian regime and Hezbollah, as well as the Lebanese Army, according to press reports . The Islamic State was to surrender its enclave in the Syrian-Lebanese border area, hand over the bodies of a dead Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) member and two Hezbollah fighters, reveal the burial site of several Lebanese army soldiers and free a Hezbollah prisoner, according to officials and media reports. The agreement follows a week-long offensive against the Sunni jihadist group. Press reports indicate that approximately 300 Islamic State fighters and their families were b...

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