Led strikes in Syria block IS militants evacuated from Lebanon

SDF soldiers retake the children’s hospital in southwestern Raqqa

Buses carrying hundreds of Daesh militants and their families arrived in eastern Syria on Tuesday following a negotiated evacuation from the Lebanon-Syria border, where the US -backed Lebanese army deployed for the first time in years.

Syrian state-run news agency SANA said the buses carrying the militants arrived Tuesday to a handover point in the town of Hamimiyah in the eastern Deir el-Zour province.

We review the key developments in Syria, including ISIS surrendering its enclave on the Lebanese-Syrian border, Netanyahu accusing Iran of building missile sites in Syria and Lebanon, and reports that the battle for Raqqa will be over in two months.

"The objectives (of the operation) have been achieved", Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech broadcast live on the party's al-Manar television channel. "We do not send them to Syria - we kill them in Iraq". He said the army could have freed those soldiers from the first day had there been political will.

They are being relocated to Al Bukamal on the Iraq-Syria border in eastern Deir ez-Zor province, part of the middle Euphrates River valley, home to the largest concentration of ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria.

"The Lebanese army can now set up checkpoints along the border comfortably because the security threat on the other side is no longer there", Nasrallah said.

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Trump also pledged more support for Lebanon, saying, "America's assistance can help ensure that the Lebanese army is the only defender Lebanon needs". Before the deal, the Lebanese military successfully pushed out Islamic State militants from about 38 square miles while Hezbollah fighters drove Islamic State from another 8 square miles.

Lebanese Army soldiers ride on their military vehicles in Ras Baalbek, Lebanon August 28, 2017.

Most appeared relaxed, leaning on armoured personnel carriers and waving to journalists embedded with Lebanese troops. "They know that Iraqis destroyed their second biggest city [Mosul] so that Daesh fighters would not escape and Iraq's neighbors would not be harmed", he wrote in a Facebook post.

Smoke could be seen rising behind hilltops along the border. Although Hezbollah members are believed to be the ones escorting the convoy, the Syrian government's involvement creates further risk for the US if the coalition were to hit it.

"There are caves and small rooms in the area". "Hezbollah's answer was categorical, that is, any solution, whether it be partial or whole, must first include the fate of the soldiers". The Lebanese army said the ceasefire would allow negotiations on the return of nine soldiers held by ISIS since 2014.

Hezbollah believes that the war in Syria is an Israeli and American conspiracy to unseat what it terms as an "Axis of Resistance" against Zionist Israel.

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