Thousands of ISIS members were secretly allowed to leave Raqqa with weapons and ammo — and the US knew about it
Alex Lockie14 Nov 2017 111
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A deal between US-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 way 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.
Why the US and its allies let ISIS escape
The US not only knew about the deal – they reportedly kept a close watch on the the convoy as it drove through the desert towards Iraq’s border.
“When the last of the convoy were about to cross, a US jet flew very low and deployed flares to light up the area. IS fighters s— their pants,” one of the drivers told the BBC. » Lees verder