As the Iraqi army and popular troops complete the liberation of the central Iraqi city of Ramadi from ISIS control, US forces are planning to interfere and evacuate ISIS leaders, according to an Iraqi commander.
The commander of volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi), stated that “The delay in operations to liberate Ramadi and Fallujah cities in al-Anbar province is the result of the US interference.”
“It seems that the US intends to evacuate the ISIL terrorist group’s infamous ringleaders secretly (with helicopters) from Ramadi to unknown places,” he added.
The claim was reported by the Iranian Fars News Agency, so should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Earlier this year, Iranian officials accused the US of allowing ISIS to seize Ramadi.
The Intercept reported shortly thereafter that the ISIS fighters who had taken Ramadi were ex-Baathist Sunni terrorists, formerly loyal to Saddam Hussein, known as the Former Regime Loyalists, or the FRLs.
“It is reasonable to surmise that the ex-Baathists flying the ISIS flag today are covertly working to undermine ISIS’s caliphate and eventually achieve their own political goals.” Malcolm W. Nance noted.
There is a history, of the US consenting to the evacuation of top terrorist leaders and fighters it deems as useful from warzones.
in 2001, prior to the invasion of Afghanistan, the US was said to have consented to thousands of top commanders and members of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and their Pakistani advisers to be airlifted out of Kunduz. The operation has become known as the ‘airlift of evil.‘