US air strike destroys bridge to impede ISIS convoy out of Lebanese border

US air strike destroys bridge to impede ISIS convoy out of Lebanese border

DEBKAfile August 30, 2017, 6:19 PM (IDT)

The US air force went into action Wednesday to strike a small bridge and a road to impede an ISIS convoy allowed to leave the Lebanese border under a controversial deal with Hizballah for a truce. the jiahdists were heading for their base in Deir ez-Zour on the Iraqi border..

The US-led coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon said: “We are monitoring their location in real time.” He did not rule out strikes against the approximately 300 ISIS fighters on the move. Their convoy is reported still in government-held territory in eastern Syria. Dillon stressed: “We are not party to any agreements that were made by the Lebanese Hizballah and ISIS or the (Syrian) regime.”

The top US envoy for the international coalition against ISIS, Brett McGurk, tweeted Wednesday that ISIS “terrorists should be killed on the battlefield, not bused across Syria to the Iraqi border without Iraq’s consent.” He said the coalition will help ensure that “these terrorists can never” enter Iraq. The Iraqis blasted Hizballah for “dumping the terrorists on their border instead of eradicating them.”

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