BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has issued a final ultimatum to the Islamic State (ISIS) in regards to the 30+ prisoners that are held captive by the terrorist group.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army is not going to pay the ransom sum that the Islamic State demanded.
The source said that Syrian Army negotiators told the Islamic State that if they do release the 30+ prisoners in the coming days, they will be destroyed.
In order to pressure the Syrian military to pay the ransom, the Islamic State executed one of the kidnapped civilians from the Al-Sweida Governorate on Thursday.
The Syrian Army was hoping to do a prisoner exchange with the terrorist group, especially after they captured over 200 members of the ISIS-affiliated Jaysh Khaled bin Walid forces.
However, ISIS was reportedly not interested in a prisoner exchange and demanded the Syrian Arab Army pay the ransom.
ISIS is currently trapped inside the Badiya Al-Sham region of northeast Al-Sweida, as they no longer have any outlet to retreat from.