Sept. 8, 2017
Release # 20170908-02
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTHWEST ASIA -
At approximately 7am GMT
Sept. 8, Syrian pro-regime forces advanced past the 11-bus convoy of ISIS terrorists and non-combatants in the eastern Syrian desert.
To ensure safe de-confliction of efforts to defeat ISIS, coalition surveillance aircraft departed the adjacent airspace at the request of Russian officials during their assault on Dawyr Az Zawyr.
The Coalition will continue to employ available assets to support our Syrian Democratic Forces and Iraqi partners in our mission to defeat ISIS.
"From the start of this situation on Aug. 29, we have placed responsibility for the buses and passengers on the Syrian regime, who in conjunction with Lebanese Hezbollah brokered a deal with ISIS to move its terrorists into Iraq," said Brig. Gen. Jon Braga, director of operations for the Coalition. "The regime's advance past the convoy underlines continued Syrian responsibility for the buses and terrorists. As always, we will do our utmost to ensure that the ISIS terrorists do not move toward the border of our Iraqi partners," said Braga.