Alwaght- A US-led coalition's helicopter has transferred on Saturday ISIS terrorists in Syria’s eastern Province of Deir ez-Zor, a UK-based monitoring group said.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the airlift was conducted in the town of al-Tabani, on the western outskirts of Deir ez-Zor, Press TV reported.
Syrian sources said that the operation was accompanied by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)’s artillery fire.
The sources said speculated that the airlift was possibly meant to transfer US mercenaries fighting alongside ISIS or the terror outfit’s ringleaders who sought to defect.
On Thursday, the SOHR reported a similar operation, during which US helicopters took four ISIS members and a civilian from a house used as an arms depot in Beqres, a suburban area east of Deir ez-Ezor.
The five people transferred during the operation included a foreign bomb expert, three Egyptian ISIS members and a civilian, the report added.
The developments come at a time that ISIS has retreated from much of the territory under its control amid sweeping advances by Syrian army soldiers and allied fighters on the battlefield.
The US has long been accused of colluding with ISIS to provide safe passage and logistic support to the members of the Takfiri group in conflict zones.
The US and its allies have been bombarding what they call ISIS positions inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.
The air raids, however, have on many occasions resulted in civilian casualties and failed to fulfill their declared aim of countering terrorism.