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Convoy left from here, the city hospital, they'd been holed up inside for months. On it were IS fighters, their families and their hostages, but we were told their mood wasn't dejected, it wasn't defeated. They were defiant. It was here that they realized that they might live to fight another day. The deal to get them out of here is the deal that no one wants to talk about. It's Raqqa's dirty secret. So did Kurds, Arabs and the Western coalition get together and agree a deal that not only allow IS to escape from Raqqa, but also allowed its fiercest fighters to roam far and wide from the confines of the city. The deal started with the media black out. The Islamic State's escape was not to be televised.But thanks to amateur footage, we see that this was a convoy and a deal too large to hide. The world was told only a few dozen local fighters were being let go. No foreigners and no weapons. But the trucks were crammed full of fighters, some wearing suicide belts. All were heavily armed. After days of searching, we picked up the trail at a truck stop on the outskirts of Tabqa. Here we discovered drivers, all civilians, who drove IS to freedom. They'd been hired by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. It was the longest journey of their lives. Their trucks were rigged with IS bombs in case the deal collapsed. They'd been told they were picking up only a few hundred civilians that it would be a quick job. They ended up driving day and night for three days. We were 47 trucks and 13 buses, and IS militants took their own vehicles as well. Our convoy was six to seven kilometers long. We took out around 4,000 people, including women and children.