Syrian Democratic Forces Dislodge ISIS Fighters as 500 Surrender


The fighters of Islamic State of Syria (ISIS) surrendered to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday. The number of fighters who gave up is estimated to be around 500. The move, however, came as SDF made the final push to dislodge the jihadist group from Baghouz, the last remaining dominion in eastern Syria

The group of fighters were among those fleeing fighting in the village, near the Iraqi border, an area destabilized the by the US-led coalition airstrikes in the recent weeks.

According to CNN their team was at the ground zero where thousands were being processed, both militias and civilians. SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said on Twitter that 3,500 people were expelled from Baghouz on Tuesday alone.

Adnan Afrin, spokesman and commander for SDF, told CNN that “more than 6,000 people have fled or left Baghouz within the past 48 hours and more are expected to arrive to the reception areas.”

Before the standoff commenced last month, SDF officials estimated that 1,500 civilians and 500 ISIS fighters remained. However, as the assail began it became evident that the real numbers were much higher that estimated.

SDF commanders also quoted to the CNN that ISIS fighters are displaying fierce resistance in their ode to continuing control of the territory, deploying guided missiles and using a network of tunnels to launch attacks.

Seizure of the land would mark an end of ISIS’ control and its so-called “caliphate”. The area, which was once covered over the large swaths of Iraq and Syria, approximately about the size of Portugal. Besides, at that time around 7.7 million were believed to be living under the ISIS influence.

The revenue, however, in the following years since the resurgence by the SDF began has fallen to quite an extent. According to recent report by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, the amount from up to $1.9 billion in 2014 fell to $870 million in 2016.


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