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Hundreds of ISIL fighters surrender

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Published on March 10, 2019 with No Comments

US-backed Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria have captured 400 ISIL fighters who were trying to escape the armed group’s last enclave in Deir Az Zor, according to a military commander for the group.

A senior commander for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) also said  that hundreds more Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL  also known as ISIS) fighters surrendered from the last shred of territory they control in the village of Baghouz. The fighters left Baghouz as part of an evacuation that also included civilians, but it was not yet clear how many had given themselves up voluntarily, the commander is reported to have said.

The evacuations came as the US-backed forces slowed their latest push on Baghouz, east of the Euphrates river, to allow civilians to leave the enclave.

The SDF has said this is the final move against ISIL and the US-backed forces have alternated between heavy fighting – including air raids, and pauses that allowed people to escape.  Since February 20, more than 10,000 people have left the enclave, producing scenes of women, shrouded in black, and children climbing off trucks in the desert to be screened and searched. The women and children were then taken to a camp for displaced persons to the north in Hasakah’s al-Hol, while suspected fighters were moved to detention facilities. The overcrowded al-Hol camp has now become home to more than 55,000 people, many of whom emerged from Baghouz weak, tired, and hungry.


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