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High-level defector says thousands of ISIS militants escaped Raqqa in secret US-approved deal

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A former commander and spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces said the SDF arranged to bus all remaining ISIS fighters out of Raqqa in October.
The former commander originally told the media that fewer than 300 fighters left Raqqa with their families.
He now claims that the number of fighters who were allowed to go was far higher, and that the story of a last-ditch battle was a fiction designed to keep journalists away while the militants' evacuation took place.
He also alleged that a U.S. official approved the deal during a meeting with an SDF commander.
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