- A LAF victory against the Islamic State has been tarnished by a Hizbullah ceasefire deal
- The remaining militants have been given safe passage to eastern Syria
A ceasefire deal that gave dozens of Islamic State militants safe passage to eastern Syria has marred a successful Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) offensive and raised speculation over future United States military support.
The US and Britain, both financial and material backers of the LAF, criticised the deal between Lebanon’s Shia Hizbullah militia and the Islamic State that saw the militants and their families bussed to a pocket of territory that straddles the Lebanese-Syrian border to Al-Bukamal on Syria’s eastern border with Iraq.
US aircraft staged airstrikes on 30 August in an apparent attempt to prevent the convoy from reaching Al-Bukamal.
Nevertheless, both the US and UK have signalled they will continue to support the LAF.
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