The BBC is reporting that hundreds of ISIS fighters and their families were allowed to drive out of Raqqa, the declared location of the caliphate, before coalition forces captured the city. They have since fanned out across remote parts of Syria and Iraq with many trying to cross into Turkey to continue their escape out of the war zone.
Under the original arrangement, they were only allowed to evacuate their families and their personal weapons. All foreign fighters were supposed to be left behind. Witnesses say ISIS members from multiple nations escaped with their families and brought out truck loads of weapons with them.
“This wasn’t so much an evacuation – it was the exodus of so-called Islamic State.”