David Trayner — Daily Star Oct 13, 2016
Up to 9,000 ISIS fighters and their families will be given safe passage out of the terror group’s Iraqi stronghold, Russian military sources say.
The jihadi army will allegedly be let back in to Syria to fight president Bashar al-Assad.
Britain and the US have faced criticism for failing to stop Assad’s bombing of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
But unleashing ISIS would be a risky shock tactic.
More than 250 British squaddies and 600 US troops have been sent to Iraq to help its army retake Mosul – the largest city under ISIS control.
The final assault is widely forecast to take place this month.
The RAF and US Air Force are primed to support the ground attack with air strikes.
But under the agreement – allegedly brokered by Saudi Arabia – the US-led coalition will only bomb targets agreed with the militants in advance
The military source in Moscow said: “In preparation for the operation in Mosul, US intelligence agencies and Saudi Arabia agreed that before the assault all militants will be offered a safe route to leave the city with their families.
“And at the time of the assault, coalition aircraft would only strike empty buildings, agreed in advance with the militants.
“More than 9,000 ISIS fighters will be transferred to the eastern regions of Syria to follow a major offensive operation, which involves the capture of Deir ez-Zur and Palmyra.”
Saudi Arabia – a Sunni Muslim kingdom – has been accused of supplying funds and arms to ISIS and other Islamic rebel groups fighting Assad – whose power base is Syria’s Shia Muslim minority.
The bloody civil war across Syria and Iraq has been cast as a regional proxy war between Riyadh and archenemy Iran – which is also Shia Muslim.
Vladimir Putin has thrown his military might behind pal Assad as long-time ally Syria has hosted Russian bases since the Soviet era – and gives Russia key access to the Mediterranean
Britain and the US has tried to use rebel groups to fight for its interests across the world, from Syria to Afghanistan and Libya – with very mixed success.
The CIA famously funded the Taliban, Osama bin Laden and the precursor to al-Qaida in their fight against the USSR.
But working hand-in-hand with ISIS would be a staggering “nuclear option” in the fight for Syria.