BRIT JIHADIS FREED AND HEADING HOME
BRITS are thought to be among a convoy of 4,000 Islamic State fighters heading home after being allowed to flee Raqqa.
Coalition leaders let the jihadis leave the Syrian hell-hole with their weapons in 163 vehicles as part of a truce.
The move was aimed at avoiding brutal hand-to-hand combat in the streets as the terror network was driven from the city. The convoy left on October 12 bound for a camp further north in territory still held by Isis.
But experts fear many of the fighters will try to reach their homelands, including the UK.
The coalition monitored the four-mile convoy from the air. Isis fighters carrying AK-47s sat on top of trucks and many of the vehicles flew black Isis flags. Witnesses said among the fleeing jihadis were English speakers and women.
The exodus flew in the face of previous US pledges that Isis fighters would be killed rather than allowed to go home. The move was agreed to spare Kurdish forces who were leading the battle against Isis on the ground.
They would have become embroiled in a long battle to clear the last surviving jihadis.
CAPTIVE: Jack Letts in Syria before his capture by Kurds. He says he is being held in solitary confinement a knife and hammer. Birmingham Crown Court heard the white Brit, from Rhondda Cynon Taf, had become radicalised online. He denies preparing to commit acts of terrorism in the city. Matthew Brook, prosecuting, said: “He was planning a lone-wolf attack.”
The trial continues.
VICTORY: Syrian forces