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Secret US-backed deal allowed hundreds of ISIS fighters, with tonnes of weapons and ammunition, to escape Raqqa

Secret US-backed deal allowed hundreds of ISIS fighters, with tonnes of weapons and ammunition, to escape Raqqa | 13 Nov 2017 | The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city. A convoy included some of ISIS's most notorious members and -- despite reassurances -- dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey...When lorry driver Abu Fawzi and his fellow drivers assembled their convoy early on 12 October, they realised they had been lied to. Instead, it would take three days of hard driving, carrying a deadly cargo - hundreds of ISIS fighters, their families and tonnes of weapons and ammunition. The deal to let ISIS fighters escape from Raqqa had been arranged by local officials. It enabled many hundreds of ISIS fighters to escape from the city. At the time, neither the US and British-led coalition, nor the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which it backs, wanted to admit their part. Great pains were taken to hide it from the world.