mosul and surrendered to kurdish forces. >> i didn't support their ideology. and at that point, that's when i decided i needed to escape. i wanted to go back to america. the life in mosul, it's really, really bad. he realized his isis. u.s. officials say the group is having trouble keeping its recruits, and that he intelligence value. >> amazing to see him richard, thank you very much. nominee for the supreme court, merrick garland, made his first visit to capitol hill today hoping to meet with as many senators as he can. but he's had no meetings with republicans yet. some now say they're open to the idea. but the gop appears to be standing firm on denying him a vote. nbc's pete williams went to get answers on the hill. >> reporter: they're known as courtesy calls, merrick garland may find courtesy in short supply at the senate. so far democrats have formally agreed to meet with him, including harry reid and patrick leahy. democrats are highlighting their meetings to push for a though republicans say neither will happen. do you think that could be changed? >> i hope it will be changed.
isis and when the kurds asked where he had been he answered -- >> mosul. >> reporter: mosul, now an isis stronghold in iraq. last week, this man who said he's an isis defector, provided nbc news with a cache of documents he claimed he stole from the group. the documents show foreign fighters have to obtain permission to leave with each request carefully logged in these forms. isis may be starting to lose its grip on last week a u.s. official said isis had retreated from 1,000 square miles. both the leaking of information and today's bizarre desertion show that isis may be cracking under the pressure from its many enemies. a u.s. law enforcement official said quase was apparently not not a u.s. database of suspected isis members who have traveled overseas. in other words, they didn't know he had gone to fight with isis until he got caught trying to sneak out. lester? >> richard engel, tonight. >>> a surprise announcement today from russian president vladimir putin who says he's withdrawing most of russian troops from syria charging their mission has been accomplished. putin sent forc
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