[This is exactly the same Pentagon thinking that has characterized every aspect of the so-called “war on terror”. Why risk embarrassing ourselves trying to eliminate Islamist terrorist outfits if we end up looking bad for killing a few “too many” civilians in the process, especially if we later find-out that we needed a few radical Islamists to start a revolution or a civil war?
CIA always prevents the complete elimination of its Islamist assets. Beginning with Tora Bora and the epic escape of bin Laden, followed in short order by Pakistan’s application of the doctrine in every “Operation” its ISI launched to eliminate terrorists in its Tribal Region. The evidence is all over Afghanistan today, where you see terrorist remnants of every variety of outfit, which Pakistan has claimed to have eliminated from Pakistan. They were all chased full-circle, back into Afghanistan. Afghanistan has always belonged to the CIA. That is why it is in the terrible shape that it is in, because that is exactly the way they wanted it to be.
As a result of the Afghan destabilization, India and Pakistan stand as close to all-out nuclear war as they have ever been. Iraq and Syria remain in the same fixed, devastated condition, as well, just like the CIA wanted there also. Now that we have Russia’s help, we have the chance to rub-out this mistake, the creation of ISIS from the remnants of al-Qaeda in Iraq (SEE: What is the truth about ISIS? ).
If 100 beige Toyota pick-ups were knowingly en route from Manbij to Raqqa because the CIA’s Syrian joke allowed that to happen, then that meant that there were 70.7 miles of desert to trap or scrap them in. The civilians who might be unwillingly traveling with them WOULD be in great danger…but that WOULD NOT be our problem.]
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WASHINGTON D.C. — A couple hundred vehicles of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters were allowed to leave the northern Syrian city of Manbij as U.S.-backed forces seized the town in recent days because the militants had civilians with them, according to a U.S. military official.
The official said Tuesday that some of the ISIS fighters may have already made their way into Turkey, but many are still in Syria. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.
Col. Chris Garver, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, told Pentagon reporters that the decision to let the convoy leave the city was made by commanders of the Syrian Democratic Forces. He said there were civilians in each of the vehicles, and the military wanted to avoid casualties. He added that he doesn’t know how many of the civilians may have been in the cars voluntarily, but some were likely hostages.
It’s not clear if the militants left under a pre-arranged agreement between the SDF and the ISIS fighters. During the offensive, the SDF had offered fighters a safe route to leave the town but they refused.
ISIS has repeatedly used civilians as human shields, including in recent battles in Iraq.
“They kept throwing civilians to basically walk into the line of fire, trying to get them shot to use that potentially as propaganda, we think,” said Garver.
Garver said the coalition has been tracking and watching the vehicles as they headed north, but he declined to say where they were.
Syrian Democratic Forces seized control of the city on Friday and are now clearing the neighborhoods, looking for militants and bombs. Garver said that a “significant number” of explosive devices were left in the city by IS insurgents as they retreated.
Manbij is a key victory for the SDF and the coalition, because it lies on a major supply route between the Turkish border and the city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the ISIS group’s self-styled caliphate.