Maliki defends Islamic State-Hezbollah evacuation deal

Nouri al-Maliki. File photo.

Baghdad ( Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki defended on Thursday a deal between Lebanese militia Hezbollah and Islamic State militants by which the latters were allowed to evacuate safely from the Lebanese-Syrian borders to areas near the Syrian borders with Iraq.

Maliki denounced what he described as “the systematic campaign (of criticisms) against Hezbollah, adding that transferring Islamic State militants was “part of the strategy against terrorism powers”. According to Maliki, “every battle has its circumstances and its tools for victory”.

A deal between Hezbollah and Islamic State fighters, approved by the Syrian government, has gone into force, granting IS militants a safe exit from the Syrian-Lebanese borders towards the Syrian Al-Boukamal city, near the borders with Iraq’s Anbar.

Baghdad has lambasted the agreement, saying it endangers its security. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on Wednesday for an investigation by Damascus into the controversial deal. A spokesperson of the U.S.-led coalition also said the militants should have been killed rather than given a safe exit.

Hezbollah reached the deal with IS militants in return for retrieving the bodies of an Iranian soldiers killed during encounters between the Lebanese army and the militants on the Syrian-Lebanese borders over the past week.



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  1. Who in there right mind would let these IS murdering pigs off and let them go?
    These IS pigs want to kill non IS people.
    Let them go so they can regroup and come back fighting, what a screw up way of thinking.

    Kill these IS Pigs when you get the chance, before they kill you.

  2. At first glance only this seems to be a bad deal. If you have a closer look on the map, it is good that the Region at the Lebanese-Syrian border is cleared from dangerous IS elements. They will go to an area that is already occupied by IS. Where is the additional IS threat. In addition to that, the evacuated IS-Forces will have no future there. Encircled from all sides (Iraqi army and militias, perschmerga, US-Special troops, Syrian army, Russian Support, cut off of supply lines, etc… Show us that those were their days…….

  3. Hopefully there was a conscious decision for safe passage to killing fields where they can get more efficiently eradicated.

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