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Foreigners who joined Islamic State faced almost certain death in Raqqa

PARIS — The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield. As they made their last stand in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, an estimated 300 extremists holed up in and around a sports stadium and a hospital argued among themselves about whether to surrender, according to Kurdish commanders leading the forces that closed in. The final days were brutal — 75 coalition air strikes in 48 hours and a flurry of desperate Islamic State car bombs that were easily spotted in the sliver of devastated landscape still under militant control.

Article by By Lori Hinnant and Sarah El Deeb (c) Page One News - Read full story here.