The US military aircraft was allegedly spotted by authorities in Syria who witnessed the aircraft transporting the terrorists to an unknown location.
Daesh started withdrawing from the west of Raqqa province following an agreement with the US-backed Kurdish forces while Syrian troops removed its grip in Eastern Aleppo and entered the western part of their de facto capital.
In early June, President Assad revealed that the US had transferred ‘Western’ Daesh ringleaders from Raqqa to other regions.
He said that the US had allowed more than 120 Daesh members to leave Raqqa with their weapons and redeploy to al-Sukhnah to create insecurity in the Palmyra (Tadmur) region, however the Russian and Syrian fighter jets pounded and killed them.
“The US is coordinating with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and some of its commanders originate from the US, Britain, France and regional states. What is happening in the battlefield is very different than what the media say and many surprising events occur,” he added.
He said that some weeks ago, the US-led coalition planes staged heliborne operations in Raqqa and transferred a number of Daesh ringleaders to unknown locations. He added that they were not Syrian, Iraqi or Chinese, but were Western commanders of Daesh.
Noting that Raqqa is very important to the US, he asked: “How is it possible for Daesh and the SDF to arrive at an agreement, despite their ideological differences, that would allow Daesh leaders safe passage out of Raqqa?”
(The US hand seems to be playing both the white and black pieces on the chess board and it must be very entertaining to have Muslims killing Muslims without the US getting any blood on their hands. Ed.)
Meanwhile, the US seems to be encouraged by the creation of a de-escalation zone in the south-western part of Syria that resulted from negotiations with Russia and Jordan. The US National Security Adviser, Herbert R. McMaster said that his hopes are that this will help to end the conflict in the country.
He added that after concluding this agreement with Russia and Jordan, the US President Donald Trumpo discussed it with the G20, including the leaders of Turkey, the UK and Germany.
He said that the US remains committed to defeating Daesh, ending the conflict in Syria, reducing suffering (of civilians) and returning people to their homes.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov said that after talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the US, Russia and Jordan agreed on ceasefire in southwestern Syria starting at noon on July 9. The US and Russia have committed themselves to ensuring the implementation of the ceasefire.
However, the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson most recent comments on Syria are rather scandalous and self-righteous.
Besides saying that the US is open to establishing no-fly zones in Syria in coordination with Russia as well as jointly setting up a truce monitoring and humanitarian aid delivery mechanism, he also noted that the US and Russia have a variety of unresolved differences but said Syria is an opportunity for the two countries to create stability in Syria.
He also added that Russia has "an obligation to prevent any further use of chemical weapons of any kind by the Assad regime."
The clincher came when he said that Russia, as an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and a participant in the conflict, "has a responsibility to ensure that the needs of the Syrian people are met and that no faction in Syria illegitimately re-takes or occupies areas liberated from the control of Daesh or any other terrorist groups."
What it actually means is that any Syrian attempt to regain control of any parts of Syria that have been taken by US-Kurdish or US-‘rebel’ forces from Daesh, would be considered "illegitimate" by the US, and that Russia must prevent it from happening.
Bizarrely, the US believes it and its proxies have more legitimacy to hold Syrian territory than does the internationally recognized Syrian government which sits in its UN chair in New York.
Given such rhetoric by the "moderate" Tillerson we wonder what the US offer of cooperation on "no-fly zones" means.
Russia and Syria have not discussed any such zones except in the sense of offering them to the opposition if the latter signs under Astana process and breaks off from al-Qaeda (Tahrir al-Sham).
Probably what Tillerson means is that the US is ready to cooperate on establishing no-fly zones over Syria for Syrians and Russians.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that the future of Syria and its president lies in the hands of the Syrian people, not the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
During a press conference of the G20 summit in Hamburg, he said: “The US Secretary of State is not a citizen of Syria and has no right to talk about its future and the fate of its president. This shall only be decided by the Syrian people.”
He stressed that the US stance towards Syria has not drastically changed, although it has become more pragmatic, adding that the US also played a certain role in the decline of violence in the country.
He then spoke about a positive understanding on the issue of reaching a ceasefire agreement in the southwest of Syria and invited his Jordanian and Israeli partners to cooperate, pointing out that Syrian territorial integrity has to be preserved at all costs.
He also revealed that Russia maintains contacts with several Kurdish factions in Syria, despite not having that close relations with them as the US does, noting that Russia stands on preserving Syria’s unity and territorial integrity, which makes its position on the Kurdish a bit different than that of the US.
Putin said that Russia will continue its policy of restoring peace and stability to the country and will keep cooperating with its Syrian, Iranian and Turkish partners, noting that the Syrian issue was discussed with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the summit.
He mentioned that he talked with the Qatari leadership on the blockade issue before and pointing out that it has to be solved quickly as it could negatively impact the stability and economic situation in the region.
Speaking of his meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump, he said that the real life Trump is a rather different person than the one we know from TV. He seems more rational and the noted that the outcome of the talks was very positive and will likely provide the grounds for the normalization of relations between the countries.