ISIS militants allowed to leave despite killing all the Lebanese soldiers it took as hostages


isis leaving Lebanon in ac busesIslamic State (ISIS) militants and their families were allowed to  leave a border area between Lebanon and Syria on Monday as part of a  controversial deal negotiated  by the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant  group despite the fact that the terrorist group  killed all theLebanese  soldiers that it kidnapped  and took as hostages  in 2014.

An unidentified number of militants and their families headed in air-conditioned buses toward a town ( Abu Kamal  )held by the Islamic State group in far eastern Syria, near the border with Iraq. The evacuation will effectively end the presence of ISIS militants on the border, after al-Qaida-linked fighters evacuated earlier this month.

The Lebanese government and Hezbollah both cast the evacuation deal as a victory and a capitulation by IS but many in Lebanon, particularly the families of the dead soldiers, were bitterly opposed to the deal, which they said allowed their sons’ killers to leave in air-conditioned buses back to Syria.

The transfer comes nearly a week after the Lebanese army launched a military campaign to drive ISIS from the rugged mountainous area along its border with Syria.

The Syrian army and Hezbollah, which has been fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria since 2013, have been waging their own separate but simultaneous offensive to pressure IS on the Syrian side of the border.

Nearly two dozen buses and 11 ambulances carried the militants and their families Monday from the area straddling the Syria-Lebanon border toward the IS-held town of Boukamal in eastern Syria.

Syrian Al-Ikhbariya TV reported that there were about 250 militants in the transfer. The Central Military Center, a media outlet run by Hezbollah, said ambulances ferried 25 IS wounded fighters from the area.

The Lebanese military on Monday took journalists on a tour of areas along the border near Ras Baalbek that were recaptured from IS in the past week. Soldiers, tanks and armored vehicles were heavily deployed along the border area, and caves used by IS bore signs of damage from the recent fighting. About 5,000 Lebanese soldiers took part in the offensive.

On Sunday, the Lebanese army, on one side, and Hezbollah and the Syrian army on another, declared separate but simultaneous cease-fires. Shortly afterward, the remains of seven soldiers were located and exhumed in an area near the border with Syria. The corpse of an eighth soldier is yet to be located amid reports that a ninth soldier had defected to IS. The bodies of five Hizbullah fighters killed while fighting the militants were also handed over, allowing for the transfer of militants.

Al-Ikhbariya said the Syrian government approved the transfer of militants to Abu Kamal to facilitate the talks over the fate of the soldiers.

 Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah tried  during a televised speech to defend the deal  and to respond to the angry statements by the families of the dead Lebanese soldiers.

“Statements claiming that Hezbollah was blackmailing the Lebanese army and state over the file of the captive troops have been issued… Those who commented did not hear my speech or it reached them taken out of its context.” He said
He added:

I understand the angry responses to my latest speech about the anti-IS battle, and we’ve been used to such remarks since the year 2000. There is a point related to Hezbollah’s credibility and this is something that we cannot take lightly.” A possible reference to the criticism Hezbollah has been facing since the Israeli  army withdrew from Lebanon in 2000.

AP/Ya Libnan



15 responses to “ISIS militants allowed to leave despite killing all the Lebanese soldiers it took as hostages”

  1. What a terrible deal for Lebanon: Setting free the murderers that killed the Lebanese soldiers that were taken as hostages . President Aoun should never have allowed Hezbollah to negotiate such a horrible deal . Shame on us all for allowing these criminals to leave Lebanon in air-conditioned buses. Where is the outrage|?

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      What a shame indeed. They should have been captured, tried and killed right where they buried the soldiers.

  2. This is a decision of the top representatives of Lebanon- Hezbollah. They have worked the best possible deal for Assad and Khanenei. Just wait till the SAA and various shiite militias come save Syria’s Lebanese province and fully occupy Lebanon to save it from other Jihad terrorists. Not a possibility? Think again at what Nassy has already said. This is a real possibility in the near future and will fit into the future war that Iran has planed against Israel..

    1. Danny Farah Avatar
      Danny Farah

      in Defense of Lebanon and under the eyes of the government. All to serve their masters in Tehran. what a pity there are still people supporting those thugs. once we get rid of Daesh and extremists we don’t need anymore wars. Israel will give the farms if needs to be. But I have heard the people who live there do not want to be under Lebanese control. LEbanon cannot provide for them or protect them. but if they are Lebanese indeed then we must have them back at all cost.

      1. Both ISIS and the Party of god are oppressive sectarian terrorist groups. Different sides of the same Islamic coin. Unfortunately in Lebanon, the Iranian occupation is too well entrenched and has made the offical government redundant and subject to Iran’s whims and control.

    2. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Don’t you worry Israeli Ambassadors on YaLibnan.

      ‘Israel threatens to bomb Bashar Al-Assad’s palace if Iran intervenes further,

  3. Danny Farah Avatar
    Danny Farah

    Thanks Nassrallah for freeing these terrorists as usual he is handling Lebanon’s affairs at our own cost. ALl he cares about protecting himself and Syria. He could careless about Lebanon and that damned equations of Resistance, army and Nassrallah. whatever it’s this is not in favor of Lebanon or the LAF period.
    He gave us his dumb ass speech as usual and accused those who went against the agreement as ignorant and not patriotic. so we fight and he deals behind our backs. what a son of a bitch he is. the traitor is no different than ISIS. Rot in Hell Nassrallah you and your iranians and Syrian regimes and ISIS. May God burn you all in hell. and take the freakin Natenyahu and israeli settlers with you. I hope the Lebanese protest this agreement even though nothing can be done now. But at least show Nassrallah and hizb al khara that you are not welcome in Lebanon and go screw yourself you and your thugs.

    1. Rudy1947 Avatar

      Of course Israel has to be blamed in some way for Muslim mistakes.

      1. Danny Farah Avatar
        Danny Farah

        Israel has hands in every middle eastern problems. What are al nusra doing in Golan heights? They don’t fire at Israel and IDF do not fire back? how come Daesh have not attacked any Israelis in the world? not attacking Israel? but they attack Egyptian army.. how come the number 1 enemy of Islam is Israel yet Daesh is the only one who has not attacked it or Al Qaeda.. why is that? please clarify for me? I am blaming the Jewish Settlers and the head of the snake Netanyahu. I have respect for many israelis who wants to live in peace with the Palestinians and all their arab neighbors.

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          Israel kills Palestinian children makes propaganda saving Syrian children

        2. Hannibal Avatar

          Well said Danny… Those sons of Zion point the finger but do not see the finger inside their eyes.

      2. That’s the mentality….. They are screwed up, with no hope but…….. blaming Israel makes those nut heads feel better.
        That’s how they are brainwashed By HA and their governments, as long as they can make the Dumb Lebanese hate Israel and take their psychopathic anger out.
        They will do what ever they want and destroy Lebanon.

  4. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    ‘Israel Working With Al-Qaeda?’

    “(..) they’re talking to them and likely sharing intelligence in the full knowledge that these rebel units cooperate with Nusra against the Assad regime, Hezbollah, and the IRGC.”[Emphasis added]” And of course, War profiteering (at a cost of $1,000 per patient per day of treatment)

    ‘Hey FDD: Israelis are Treating Jihadis, Too’

    ‘Druze attack Israeli ambulance, Syrian casualty dies’

  5. MekensehParty Avatar

    Hasan has spoken
    The rest is noise as usual

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