DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:05 A.M.) – Remarkably, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were caught red-handed lying about an evacuation deal reached with ISIS, allowing jihadist safe departure from the Tabqa pocket in return for not destroying vital infrastructure such as the Tabqa Dam.
Last week, Al-Masdar News reported that the SDF had given jihadist militants safe passage to exit Tabqa along a safe corridor to Raqqa city and the ISIS mainland, bringing with them their light weaponry.
However, hours later the SDF leadership denied the AMN report, stating it was fabricated. Today, the US military released a statement congratulating the SDF on the liberation of Tabqa city, but also confirming that a rare ISIS-SDF deal did indeed take place:
It is not known why the SDF command center decided to cover up the agreement. A similar last-minute deal was reportedly reached with ISIS over Manbij last year.