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>> A convoy of over 300 armed Islamic State fighters and their families forced to turn back towards their starting point on the Syrian Lebanon border. They had been trying to reach the safety of IS territory in eastern Syria under a cease fire agreement with the Syrian army and Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah.
eir path though blocked by US led war planes. Airstrikes cratering the road and destroying a bridge, as well as targeting an IS party that had been on route to meet them. The families had left Syria's border with Lebanon on Monday and were intercepted near Humaima in eastern Syria.
The pro Syrian government military said on Thursday they tried to find a new route through to join their jihadist comrades. Now the commander of US led forces fighting Islamic State says the busses have retreated deeper into Syrian held areas. He told the Pentagon, they hadn't attacked the convoy, but had struck every IS fighter or vehicle trying to reach it and will continue to do so.
The airstrikes may not signal a more aggressive military approach from the US but the standoff shows the tangled nature of a complicated war being fought on many fronts by many different actors.
x years into Syria's civil war, IS has lost much of the ground it's seized to an array of foes.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad backed by Russia rapidly regaining territory this year. While in the north the US which opposes Assad attacks IS in its strong hold in Raqqa.