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Raqqa evacuation included some foreign fighters: local official
October 15, 2017 / 6:52 AM / 2 months ago

Raqqa evacuation included some foreign fighters: local official

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Some, but not all, foreign Islamic State fighters have left Syria’s Raqqa city on Sunday as part of a withdrawal deal with U.S.-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 U.S.-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.

Reporting by John Davison, editing by Louise Heavens

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