Lankford says Assad must go

Lankford says Assad must go

Lankford says Assad must go

Most of an Islamic State evacuation convoy stuck in east Syria has crossed out of government territory and is no longer the responsibility of the Syrian government or its ally Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi'ite group said on Saturday. The handover was reported by the Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV.

Islamic State will eventually be defeated in Syria and after that world powers will re-focus on seeking a political solution that must lead to the departure of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

USA warplanes watched "someone" from the Syrian government side resupply the convoy with water and food two days ago and did not intervene, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander of the US -led coalition, told reporters on Thursday.

The families had left Syria's border with Lebanon on Monday - and were intercepted near Humeima in eastern Syria.

Rami Abdurrahman, head of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said dozens of fighters abandoned the buses and drove into parts of Deir al-Zor.

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said last month that he hopes to launch "real, substantive" peace talks between the government and a still-to-be-formed unified Syrian opposition in October.

In his speech on the battle of Arsal, in which the party fought against Al-Nusra Front, the Hezbollah leader outlined some details of the deal that led to the deportation of ISIS militants. He also addressed the fighting against ISIS: "Contrary to Hezbollah's claims, the Lebanese army played an essential role".

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She also raised the prospect of agreeing legal contingents of African migrants who want to study or work in Europe. Merkel also spoke out the same day in an interview with rival German broadcaster ZDF.

Airstrikes crater the road and destroy a bridge - as well as targeting an I.S. party that had been on route to meet them.

More than 300 militants and their families are in the convoy after vacating the border area as part of a Hezbollah-negotiated deal to transport them to an IS-held town in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border.

Spokesperson Colonel Ryan Dillon said the coalition was "not bound by these agreements", referring to the truce between Lebanon, Syria, and IS.

"We can not build peace with Assad", Le Drian said on French radio RTL.

The Syrian armed forces and popular units backed by the Russian aerospace forces have liberated the strategically important city of Uqayribat in Hama province from Daesh terrorists.

Russia, which is providing air support to Assad's forces, says capturing Deir el-Zour is the current military priority.

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