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USA -led warplanes on Wednesday blocked a convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families from reaching territory the group holds in east Syria and struck a group of their comrades travelling to meet them, a coalition spokesman said.

Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon told CNN that the "coalition conducted air strikes to stop a convoy of ISIS fighters and their families from reaching an ISIS-held area in eastern Syria from the Lebanese border under a truce deal".

Their convoy left Monday and.

The coalition said it did not strike the Daesh convoy but severely damaged the road it was using while also confirming that it hit "individual vehicles and fighters" that had been identified as Daesh.

The main security body of the Iraqi Kurdistan region also condemned the deal, questioning the motivation of the Syrian regime and its key Lebanese ally for dealing with the jihadi group responsible for capturing swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory since 2014 and the murder of thousands.

Lebanese troops launched an attack against ISIS on August 18, while Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters launched a simultaneous offensive from the Syrian side of the border.

He said Iraq was battling the fighters, not sending them to Syria.

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After a meeting with President Michel Aoun, the army commander congratulated the military on "its victory against terrorism" and offered his condolences to the families of fallen soldiers. "If a soldier doesn't go into each room, clear it, and mark it as safe, then we can't say that we're done". "We don't expel them to Syria; we kill them in Iraq", Abadi said.

It insisted that it was merely coincidental that both sides simultaneously began an offensive against the Islamic State over a week ago and that both sides declared a cease-fire in their fights against the militant group at about the same time on Sunday. It is part of a deal that came into effect after negotiations, led by Hezbollah, to determine the fate of nine Lebanese soldiers who were captured in 2014. In Syria, under separate attacks from a US -led coalition and from the Russian-backed Syrian army, it is falling back on its strongholds along the Euphrates valley east of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the caliphate it declared in 2014.

His army chief, Gen Joseph Aoun, meanwhile defended the evacuation deal, saying he had wanted to find the missing soldiers and not risk any more lives.

The US-led global coalition has backed Kurdish and Iraqi forces.

The end game is "to make it tougher for the Coalition to capture Deir al-Zor province from ISIL, by relocating their fighters there" the defence expert said.

Lebanese army General Fadi Daoud said the area had been secured, but that there was still a danger of mines laid by the jihadists.


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