Local officials: Raqqa evacuation included some foreign fighters

By REUTERS
October 15, 2017 09:49
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Some, but not all, foreign Islamic State fighters have left Syria's Raqqa city on Sunday as part of a withdrawal deal with US-backed militias, a local official told Reuters on Sunday.

Omar Alloush, a member of the Raqqa Civil Council, would not say how many militants remain in the city, where the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have hemmed them into a small enclave.

An SDF spokesman said earlier that a group of Syrian Islamic State fighters without foreign militants had evacuated Raqqa overnight, taking civilians with them as human shields.

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