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ISIS convoy of 113 militants join forces with Syrian regime army

ISIS fighters on a bus in a convoy from their enclave straddling Syria’s border with Lebanon. (Reuters)

Syrian sources announced that 113 members of ISIS militants staying in the Syrian desert between Reif-Homs and Deir al-Zour, joined forces of the Syrian regime.

The sources said on Monday that these militants insisted on not fighting in Deir al-Zour.

The Syrian regime secured the families of the ISIS militants who joined forces in Palmyra.

This came at a time when the Syrian regime's television announced on Monday that the army and its allies were within 3 kilometers of the city of Deir al-Zour.

The US-led international coalition announced on Sunday that the ISIS convoy was divided into two groups.

One is still in the desert, while another group returned to areas controlled by the Syrian regime, and they got equipped with food and water.

Army Colonel Ryan Dillon Spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the US-led coalition against ISIS tweeted, on Sunday that 85 ISIS militants died in strikes by the coalition and 40 cars were destroyed.

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An agreement was signed between ISIS and Hezbollah, to transfer ISIS militants with their families from the western Kalamoun on the Syrian-Lebanese border to Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria on 26 August.

ISIS fighters and their families evacuated from that enclave as part of a surrender deal were escorted by the Syrian army and Hezbollah to east Syria, but have been stopped by a US-led coalition from reaching Deir al-Zor.

Ten of the original 17 buses are now stuck in no-man’s land between pro-government forces and ISIS territory and six buses retreated back into government areas.

(With Reuters)

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Last Update: Monday, 4 September 2017 KSA 19:08 - GMT 16:08
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