Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi criticized a deal reached between ISIS militants the Lebanese military (with support of Hezbollah) in the Qalamoun area at the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Under the deal about 300 ISIS members and about 300-500 their family members and civilians were allowed to withdraw from the ISIS-held border area to the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor.
This ended the ISIS presence in the border area, but caused criticism from some powers.
“Honestly speaking, we are unhappy and consider it incorrect,” Prime Minister al-Abadi said. “Transferring terrorists from Qalamoun to the Iraqi-Syrian border is worrying and an insult to the [Iraqi] people.”
He added that “There must be no chance for Daesh [ISIS] to breathe.”
The Iraqi Kurdistan Rgion’s Security Council also criticized the deal.
“We as the Region’s Security Council express our concerns about this action and consider it suspicious. This raises many questions. We hope that all relevant parties in the region take a serious stance on this action,” it said.
The US military also blamed the sides of the deal and said that it didn’t rule out airstrikes on the convoy.
“We will take action where necessary; those would be absolutely lucrative targets,” Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, said. “We are monitoring them in real time.”