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Maduro's troops block Venezuela aid convoy with bullets and tear gas

Maduro's troops block Venezuela aid convoy with bullets and tear gasTrucks laden with U.S. food and medicine for Venezuela returned to warehouses in Colombia after opposition supporters failed to break through lines of troops, who fired rubber rounds to disperse them, injuring dozens of people. Angered by the Colombian government’s support for opposition leader Juan Guaido, Maduro said he was breaking diplomatic relations with Bogota and gave its diplomatic staff 24 hours to leave the country. Guaido, who most Western nations recognize as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, had given a personal send-off to Saturday’s convoy carrying aid from the Colombian city of Cucuta.



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Convoy plucks women, children from last IS holdout in Syria

Convoy plucks women, children from last IS holdout in SyriaHundreds of people including women and children were trucked out of the Islamic State group’s last Syria redoubt Wednesday, bringing US-backed forces closer to retaking the last sliver of the “caliphate”. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said however it was just a first wave of evacuations, and that a large number of civilians and IS fighters still remained inside. The implosion of the jihadists’ proto-state, which once spanned swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq, has left Western nations grappling with how to handle citizens who left to join IS.



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Suicide attack on Kurdish-US convoy in Syria 'kills 5'

Suicide attack on Kurdish-US convoy in Syria 'kills 5'A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of US troops and their allies in Syria on Monday, killing five members of a Kurdish-led force fighting the Islamic State group, a monitor said. The assault, claimed by IS jihadists, came less than a week after another deadly attack on US forces in Syria, and a month after Washington announced a US troop pullout from the war-torn country. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five fighters from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces were killed in the blast on a road in northeastern Hasakeh province.



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Biggest convoy yet evacuates Syria's ruined Ghouta

Biggest convoy yet evacuates Syria's ruined GhoutaThe largest convoy yet of Eastern Ghouta evacuees arrived in northwestern Syria Tuesday as the regime threatened to resume its blitz if the last remaining rebels do not leave. Government troops, backed by Russia and loyalist militia, launched a ferocious assault more than a month ago to retake the enclave on the outskirts of Damascus. Russia and the Syrian regime it supports reportedly threatened to resume their blistering bombardment if the last holdout pocket that includes the main Ghouta town of Douma does not agree to a similar deal.



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Coalition pulls drone from skies over stranded IS convoy

Coalition pulls drone from skies over stranded IS convoyThe US-led coalition on Friday pulled aircraft from the skies above a convoy of Islamic State buses stranded in the Syrian desert so regime and Russian forces could go past, officials said. The buses themselves, which are packed with civilians believed to be family members, have not been targeted. As many as 200 jihadists and 200 civilians, thought to be family members, are on board.



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Prowling the Syrian Desert, U.S. Picking Off ISIS Fighters in Stranded Convoy

Prowling the Syrian Desert, U.S. Picking Off ISIS Fighters in Stranded ConvoyPacked with fighters and their families, the buses remain struck in the desert.



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The Latest: US says IS convoy still stranded in Syria

The Latest: US says IS convoy still stranded in SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):



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Convoy of hundreds of Isil fighters still stranded in Syrian desert standoff

Convoy of hundreds of Isil fighters still stranded in Syrian desert standoffA convoy of evacuated Islamic State fighters is in a stand-off in the desert Syria, with the US threatening more air strikes if they continue to their destination near the Iraqi border. Lebanon's Hizbollah movement, which agreed the deal with Isil, today accused US-led forces of stranding the buses carrying hundreds of fighters and civilians headed for jihadist-held territory in eastern Syria. It was reported that some of the ambulances carrying wounded fighters, who had been allowed to travel from the Lebanon-Syria border to Deir Ezzor province, were allowed in but the rest remain stuck in government-held territory.  On Wednesday and Thursday, the US-led coalition pounded the road to Deir Ezzor with air strikes to prevent the convoy reaching the Isil-held town of Albukamal on the Iraqi border.  Lebanese army soldiers with the 6th Brigade standing on armoured vehicles on a hill they recently took from the Islamic State (IS) group in Jurud Ras Baalbeck on the Syrian-Lebanese border on August 28, 2017. Credit: AFP Hizbollah, which has defended the deal to remove Isil fighters from the Lebanese frontier, said US-led forces had effectively stranded most of the convoy's 17 buses. "They are also preventing anyone from reaching them even to provide humanitarian assistance to families, the sick and wounded and the elderly," the Hezbollah statement said. The convoy left the Lebanon-Syria border region on Monday, but Hizbollah said six of the buses remained in Syrian government-held territory. The deal, brokered by Hizbollah with the support of its Syrian regime ally after a week-long offensive against IS, has been fiercely criticised by US-led forces and the Iraqi government. The international coalition fighting Isil has said it is unacceptable for jihadists to be transported to the border with Iraq, where pro-government forces this week ousted the extremist group from the northern city of Tal Afar. In a statement overnight, the coalition said it had sent a message to Damascus through Syria's ally Russia to say that "the Coalition will not condone IS fighters moving further east to the Iraqi border." "The Coalition values human life and has offered suggestions on a course of action to save the women and children from any further suffering as a result of the Syrian regime's agreement," it added, without providing further details. The coalition said it would not strike the convoy, but acknowledged hitting Isil fighters and vehicles "seeking to facilitate the movement of Isil fighters to the border area of our Iraqi partners." Hizbollah accused US forces of hypocrisy, saying they had previously allowed Isil fighters to flee territories in Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has described the deal as "unacceptable" and an "insult to the Iraqi people". In Lebanon some criticised it for allowing fighters suspected of killing Lebanese citizens to escape on "air-conditioned buses." Deir Ezzor in Syria's east is one of the jihadists' last remaining strongholds, where they hold most of the province and parts of its capital of the same name.



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Hezbollah slams US over IS convoy stranded in Syria

Hezbollah slams US over IS convoy stranded in SyriaLebanon’s Hezbollah movement on Saturday accused US-led forces of stranding a convoy of Islamic State fighters and civilians headed for Syria’s Deir Ezzor province under an evacuation deal. The convoy carrying hundreds of IS fighters as well as civilians was meant to travel from the Lebanon-Syria border to jihadist-held territory in eastern Syria under a deal Hezbollah helped broker.



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Isil convoy that was blocked by US air strikes attempts different route

Isil convoy that was blocked by US air strikes attempts different routeAn Isil convoy that was blocked by US air strikes on Wednesday attempted a different route to reach territory held by the jihadist group in eastern Syria, despite the coalition warning it would likely strike again. More than 300 lightly armed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters and about 300 family members are being evacuated from Syria's western border with Lebanon under a ceasefire agreement involving the jihadist group, the Syrian army and the Lebanese Shia militia Hizbollah. The truce has been criticised by the coalition and by Iraq, whose army is fighting Isil in areas next to the eastern Syria region to which the convoy was headed. Buses carrying Isil jihadis and their families driving east from Syria's border with Lebanon Credit:  LOUAI BESHARA/AFP US Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the commander of US-led forces fighting Isil, said they had observed the convoy travelling again towards their destination late on Thursday, before appearing to turn back. He did not offer an explanation as to why. The Syrian army escorted the convoy part of the way Credit:  LOUAI BESHARA/ AFP "When I walked into this conference about an hour ago, the buses were on the move. They had turned and had driven back into regime-held areas," he told reporters via a video teleconference from Baghdad. "We haven't struck the convoy. But we have struck every ISIS fighter and/or vehicle that has tried to approach that convoy. And we'll continue to do that," he said. Iraq victory over Isil in Mosul, in pictures “We will not allow it to link up with Isil in the Euphrates River Valley,” a source in the coalition told the Telegraph earlier on Thursday.   Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbollah's leader, said in a televised address that the US had warned the Lebanese government that if they let the deal go ahead they faced losing US financial support. FAQ | Islamic State  



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