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Northeastern Syria: ISIS intends to hand over Raqqa to Kurdish fighters

Arab media outlet reported that ISIL in a meeting with the predominately Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) showed intention to hand over Raqqa city to the SDF and leave the city for Deir Ezzur via a safe corridor.

(FNA) -- Al-Sharq al-Awsat daily reported that a delegation from the Tribal Council of the ISIS held territories met with the SDF in the town of Ein Issa in Tal Abyadh countryside, adding that the ISIS delegation offered to hand over Raqqa city in return for safe exit towards Deir Ezzur at the meeting.

Commander of the Russian military forces in Syria Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin said on Saturday that his soldiers are closely monitoring the situation in Raqqa.

"The command of the Russian military group in the Syria is closely monitoring the situation in the area of Raqqa, where we observe the militants freely leaving the city and its suburbs," Surovikin added.

Local sources reported on Tuesday that ISIS was planning to announce Deir Ezzur city as its new capital in Syria after the US-backed SDF inked an agreement with the ISIL that allows militants' exit from Raqqa city without a battle.

The sources said that while the US and the SDF permitted ISIS terrorists to leave their capital city of Raqqa without clashes, the Takfiri terrorists were moving towards Deir Ezzur in groups.

In the meantime, the Russian-language Izvestia daily reported that the agreement between the SDF and ISIS on evacuation of terrorists from Raqqa caused intensified ISIS attacks on pro-government forces' positions in Deir Ezzur.

The paper further added that the ISIS was trying to drive the Syrian Army troops out of Deir Ezzur city to declare it as its new capital.

The daily went on to say that the Syrian General Command was about to dispatch fresh forces from Palmyra to Deir Ezzur on airplanes to join the army forces in Deir Ezzur to face ISIS as strong as possible.

Izvestia also said that the general command would possibly use Ilyushin Il-76 cargo planes they recently received from Russia in this operation.

Source: Al-Alam News Network

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