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US choppers allegedly evacuated over 20 ISIS commanders from Deir ez-Zor

A Russian news agency Sputnik published an article which claims that a US Air Force chopper allegedly evacuated ISIS field commanders from Deir ez-Zor. The US-led coalition has denied the allegations.

According to that claims, a US Air Force aircraft reportedly evacuated 20 ISIS field commanders from the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, liberated this week by Syrian government forces. This information allegedly coming from a military and a diplomatic source close to the Sputnik.

Amid successful actions by Syrian government troops in the eastern part of Syria in late August, a number of field [Daesh] commanders backed by US special services, had been promptly evacuated from Deir ez-Zor to safer regions in order to use their experience in other directions,” the source said.

The source said that on August 26, a “US Air Force helicopter” had evacuated 2 ISIS field commanders of “European origin” with members of their families from an area located to the north-west of Deir ez-Zor at night. According to these claims, two days later, ‘US choppers’ transferred 20 ISIS field commanders and militants close to them from an area south-eastern of the city of Deir ez-Zor to northern Syria.

Militants who lost their commanders due to the Americans, usually tend to cease organized actions, leave their positions, join other [Daesh terrorist] units or one by one flee. This eventually contributes to the success of the offensive by the Syrian government troops in eastern Syria,” the source said.

The US-led coalition has already reacted to the allegations by saying they are false.

On Tuesday, the Syrian army finally breaks the three-year Daesh siege of the city of Deir ez-Zor, with food and ammunition only being delivered to the city by air, while helicopters from the city of Qamishli had been evacuating the wounded and delivering essential supplies to the city’s population.

The Deir ez-Zor victory is designated as the most important achievement of the Syrian army during the 6-year war.

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