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Syrian Civil War, 2011 - ? From a local uprising to a proxy war, we discuss the chaos in Syria.

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BBC: US authorities allowed hundreds of ISIS to escape Raqqah

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The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city.
A convoy included some of ISs most notorious members and despite reassurances dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/...s_dirty_secret

Interestingly enough Syrian sources for a few weeks now have been suggesting that the US/SDF and ISIS had cut a deal allowing the remaining ISIS forces in Raqqah to escape in exchange for allowing the SDF to capture Syria's Omar oil fields without obstruction. This seems to have been borne out by the fact that while ISIS has launched numerous counter-attacks against the Syrian forces in the area, they gave up the Omar oil fields to the SDF with barely a shot fired.
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How can an agreement with IS possibly go wrong?

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Could be a good move. The oil was financing ISIS operations. There will always be more soldiers, but money is hard to come by.

The title is rather deceptive: the US & UK negotiated a deal, which appears to have worked.

The question now is which side will be happiest with their share.
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This was known at the time yes, nothing came out of there but women and children, while it was known there had to be several hundred fighters left, but from what I hear it's the Turks that got them, not US/UK.
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One thing ISIS is right about is the middle east hasn't been stable without some form of Caliph controlling it. That doesn't mean the Ottoman empire was a great thing because there is stability and then there is functioning stability.

When you have such disparate cultures as Turks, Persian, and Arab struggling for dominance of a theocracy things are bound to be nasty.
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