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The US Secretly Let Thousands Of Armed ISIS Fighters Escape Raqqa In Broad Daylight

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A deal between U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab forces in Syria and ISIS sent thousands of fighters and families belonging to the terror group on a convoy out of harm’s war in Raqqa and deeper into the so-called caliphate where the fighters can regroup or smuggle themselves into other countries.

A group of truckers in Syria reportedly got called out to Raqqa, ISIS’s former Syrian capital, for what they thought would be a small job moving a few hundred people around. But it ended up as ISIS’s mass exodus from its former stronghold, according to a BBC investigation.

The truckers met around 4,000 ISIS fighters and their families armed to the teeth and strapped with explosives. The terrorist group boarded the convoy of trucks, along with their own vehicles, and reportedly beat and threatened the drivers for the duration of the trip. The ISIS fighters brought so many weapons and so much ammunition, the weight broke a trucker’s axel, according to the BBC.

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The U.S. not only knew about the deal — they reportedly kept a close watch on the convoy as it drove through the desert towards Iraq’s border.

“When the last of the convoy were about to cross, a U.S. jet flew very low and deployed flares to light up the area. IS fighters s— their pants,” one of the drivers told the BBC.

Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, explained to the BBC why the U.S. knowingly accepted the deal.

“We didn’t want anyone to leave,” Dillon said. “But this goes to the heart of our strategy, ‘by, with and through’ local leaders on the ground. It comes down to Syrians – they are the ones fighting and dying, they get to …read more

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