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Islamic State fighters start to quit Lebanon border zone
August 28, 2017 / 3:27 PM / 22 days ago

Islamic State fighters start to quit Lebanon border zone

Hezbollah and Syrian flags flutter on a military vehicle in Western Qalamoun, Syria August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A convoy of Islamic State fighters and their family members began to leave the Lebanon-Syria border zone on Monday for an area in eastern Syria held by the jihadist group, under the terms of a truce, Syrian state television cameras showed.

Islamic State agreed to surrender its enclave and depart for eastern Syria on Sunday after a week-long offensive by the Lebanese army on one front and the Syrian army and Lebanon’s Shi‘ite Hezbollah group on the other front.

Reporting By Angus McDowall; Editing by Alison Williams

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