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    ISIL Militants Transported From Syria to Yemen - Syrian Army

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    Over 500 ISIL militants have been transported from Syria to Yemen aboard planes arriving from Turkey to fight against Houthi rebels, a Syrian general said Tuesday.

    Syrian Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Ali Maihub claimed that more than 500 ISIL militants had been transported from Syria to Yemen aboard 4 planes that had arrived from Turkey on October 26.

    According to him, two of the planes belong to Turkish airlines, one is a Qatari aircraft and one is a UEA plane.

    "According to the intelligence data, 4 planes arrived from Turkey at the airport of Aden [in Yemen] on October 26. Two of them [planes] belonged to Turkish airlines, one — to Qatar airlines and another aircraft was owned by an UAE airline. More than 500 militants of ISIL terrorist group were on board, they were transported from Syria to save them from Russian airstrikes," Maihub said, according to RIA Novosti.

    He further claimed Saudi-led coalition officers met ISIL militants at the airport in Yemen. The Syrian general said that the jihadists were supposed to take part in a ground operation against Houthi rebels.

    "[ISIL] militants were met by officers from the Saudi-led coalition, who took them out of the [Yemeni] airport in three groups. The first group was taken to the town of al-Bab in the Mandeb province, the second — to Maariv, the third — to Saudi provinces Jazan and Asir," he said.

    "The militants are expected to take part in the ongoing ground operation where ground coalition forces have recently suffered serious losses in clashes with Houthi fighters," the general said, adding that, based on intelligence data, similar transfers of ISIL militants from Syria would continue.

    "According to available information, operations aimed to transport ISIL terrorists from Syria will continue in a short time," he added.


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      hahaha.. what a joke , I guess Saudi won't be happy
    • Now who can trust erdogan....this guy is finished!
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      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,
      No, he's not finished. He's well prepared. TODAY he organised raids against ISIL in different cities in Turkey.
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      So now the US has ISIL in Yemen. Congratulations *sarcasm*
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      Article begs several questions: From where in Syria did the planes take off from; if they did fly from Syria, why weren't they intercepted?

      The Saudis are short on troops; they had to hire 800 Colombian mercenaries and now this Daesh group. If true, this is the first overt interaction between Saudi and Daesh I know of and ought to be enough grounds for UNSC sanctions--at least a vote so the UK and its Outlaw Empire Master will need to veto to protect their ally.
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      n.petrossov, Only targeting the militants who wanted to attack on the turkish soil for the others he's their boss (Turkey is deeply involved in that war (ie the attack against the syrian kurds yesterday..why? Well you know his buddies were in a bad position..)
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      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,
      His targeting the militants in Turkey can be one of his artificial activities to cover up his involvements with ISIL. But even if he's caught up with the worst you could imagine, nothing much changes for him (he'll continue till the end - he believes in himself, that's enough. It's him.)
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