US Planes Transfer ISIL Terrorists from Raqqa to Unknown Destinations

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Syrian legislator said revealed that the US aircraft are transferring ISIL terrorists from Raqqa province to unknown destinations.

Ammar al-Assad said that the world is now aware of the West’s hostile policies and allegations against the Syrian government and knows that the western governments and the US want to display the Damascus government as the culprit behind the killing of civilians by releasing fake footage and raising unfounded allegations.

He added that videos have mostly been taken in places other than Syria under the supervision of the White Helmets Organization which produces these videos using actors to prove the West’s allegations against the Syrian government.

Elsewhere, Assad said that the US is now transferring the ISIL terrorists from Syria, specially Raqqa province, to unknown places.

Arab media outlets had disclosed that the ISIL started withdrawing troops from West of Raqqa province following an agreement with the US-backed Kurdish forces, while Syrian army soldiers managed to oust ISIL from its last strongholds in Eastern Aleppo and enter Western part of the group’s de-facto capital in the Arab country.

Al-Assad revealed mid-June that the US has transferred the ISIL ringleaders who are originally from the Western states from Raqqa to other regions.

He said that the US has allowed over 120 ISIL members to leave Raqqa with their weapons and go towards al-Sukhnah to create insecurity in Palmyra (Tadmur) region but the Russian and Syrian fighter jets pounded and killed them.

“The US is highly coordinated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as some of the group’s commanders are from the US, Britain, France and certain regional states. Actually what is happening in the battlefield is against what the media say. Many surprising events happen,” al-Assad added.

He said that weeks ago, the US-led coalition planes staged heliborne operations in Raqqa and transferred a number of ISIL ringleaders to unknown places, adding that they were not Syrian, Iraqi or Chinese, but were the western commanders of the ISIL.

Noting that Raqqa is highly important to the US, he stressed that “How could it be possible for the ISIL and the SDF to arrive at an agreement, despite their ideological differences, that allows the ISIL leaders to leave Raqqa through a safe passage.”

US Increases Spying Flights over Syria’s Coasts

TEHRAN (FNA)- A US reconnaissance plane was spotted flying over the Russian naval base in Syria’s Tartus port city in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, flight monitoring websites reported, stressing a significant rise in such flights after the White House’s recent rhetoric against Damascus.

The monitoring sites reported that a RC-135 U reconnaissance plane of the US army took off from Souda Bay base in the Greek island of Crete and flew for a long time over Syria’s coasts, reaching 40km away from the Russian naval base in Tartus port city in Lattakia province.

The same websites reported on Friday that a P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft took off from the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily Island and flew for several hours over international waters in Mediterranean Sea near Tartus port city.

In the meantime, at least four US planes and a Norwegian plane were spotted flying near Tartus.

Military experts, also, confirmed that the US has increased its spying flights over the Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea near Russian bases in Syria.

Well-informed sources told the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen Wednesday that the US aerial operation to gather information along Syria’s coastal regions unusually increased in recent days, stressing that unusual operation of the US reconnaissance flights show that the US army was paving the gourd for carrying out a new move in the region.

The Spokesperson for the United States administration accused Syria of preparing to stage a chemical attack in the Arab country, threatening that Washington would make Damascus pay “a heavy price.”

As Washington claims that it fights against the ISIL group, US warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea at the Shayrat airfield in Homs province on April 7, following a chemical weapons incident in Idlib province on April 4 which the Western countries blamed on the Damascus government.

The Syrian government fiercely denied using or even possessing chemical weapons since the country’s compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention was certified by international observers in 2013, as the world is still waiting for the US and its allies to provide any proof for its claims of Bashar al-Assad government’s involvement in the alleged chemical attack.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had characterized the alleged chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun as a provocation to justify the US strike on Shayrat airbase in Homs province. The Syrian leader also warned of the possibility of the new provocations similar to the one in Idlib.