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Bismehe Ta3ala 
Assalam Alikum 
If you don't want to read the whole article, just read the last paragraph.  May Allah reunite them with their families.  Amir al Mo2mneen told us if you love me, be prepared for tribulations.   :(
M3 Salamah, Fe Amin Allah 
Mar. 07, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Hundreds of Daesh militants try to escape, surrender

NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria: Hundreds of Daesh (ISIS) militants surrendered Wednesday and hundreds more of their comrades were caught trying to escape the militant group’s last, tiny scrap of land in eastern Syria, a commander in the militia besieging it said. Daesh militants holed up in the enclave at Baghouz near the Iraqi border have been giving up in large numbers this week after a ferocious assault on their enclave Saturday and Sunday, but many remain inside, the commander said.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia has slowed its attack to allow thousands of civilians to leave Baghouz, continuing an exodus that began when it announced it was launching a final battle for the enclave last month.

Far more people were still in Baghouz than the SDF had expected, it said, and it wanted them all to leave before it either stormed the area or otherwise forced Daesh’s surrender there.

“There are a large number of fighters who are inside and do not want to surrender,” the senior SDF commander said.

The fall of Baghouz would mark the end of the rule of Daesh’s self-proclaimed “caliphate” over populated territory, although some militants are still hiding out in remote desert or have gone underground to wage a guerrilla insurgency.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said there were preparations in eastern Syria to announce the end of Daesh there.

Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition backing the SDF, nevertheless said the international force had “learned not to put any timetables on the last battle.”

Syrian military airstrikes against militants further west, in the country’s central desert, were a reminder of the constant warnings by both Arab and Western officials that Daesh will continue to pose a serious security threat.

Some 400 Daesh militants were captured trying to escape Baghouz along with smugglers, the senior SDF commander said.


Hundreds of others militants surrendered, though it was not yet clear how many, the commander added.

Those surrendering were among more than 2,000 people who left Baghouz Wednesday in the latest evacuation, transported by trucks to a patch of desert to be questioned, searched and given food and water.A group of women seen at a reception area set up in the desert, where they were screened by SDF officials, were rowdy, aggressive and defiant, praising Daesh and screaming angrily at journalists. Wearing black robes with a black face cover, they pointed their fingers at the group and screamed: “Islamic State will stay, God is great, God is great, Islamic State will stay!” A couple of women took off their shoes and raised them in the direction of journalists. “Take a picture of the shoe, the shoes are better than you,” one said. Children joined, raising their fingers in the air.

A 30-year-old Iraqi woman said her 1-month-old baby, who was sick, died overnight in the reception area from the cold.

“I didn’t want to leave except to treat her,” the woman who identified herself as Um Fatima said. She cursed the SDF and said: “The Islamic state will remain and expand, God willing,” and walked away.

A group of men were seated on the ground, under the watchful eye of SDF fighters, many of them covering their faces with checkered scarves.

Many among those leaving Wednesday appeared to be wives and children of Daesh militants.

The SDF said about 6,500 people had left the area over the previous two days, including hundreds of men. Most civilian evacuees are headed for the Al-Hawl displacement camp in northeast Syria.

The International Rescue Committee aid group said that of the 60,000 people in the camp, 50,000 had arrived since December, mostly from the shrinking Daesh enclave, including 4,000 Wednesday. Of the 90 people who have died reaching the camp since December, two-thirds were babies or infants, it said. Among those who came out Wednesday were 13 captive children from the Yazidi community.

Four Shiite children abducted from the Iraqi city of Tal Afar four years ago were also freed and the SDF would try to reunite them with their parents said Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the militia.


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Middle East

Mar. 25, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Militants emerge from tunnels to surrender


An SDF member points toward smoke rising near the horizon while on watch duty in the village of Baghouz.

BAGHOUZ, Syria: Dozens of Daesh (ISIS) militants emerged from tunnels to surrender to U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria Sunday, a day after their “caliphate” was declared defeated.

Syria’s Kurds warned that despite the demise of the proto-state, the thousands of foreign militants they have detained are a time-bomb the world urgently needs to defuse.

An AFP reporter saw dozens of people - mostly men - file out of the battered militant encampment in the remote village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border to board pickup trucks.

“They are Daesh fighters who came out of tunnels and surrendered today,” Kurdish spokesman Jiaker Amed said. Some sported thick beards and wore long woollen kaftans over their dark-colored robes, or a chequered scarf around their faces, as they trudged out of their final hideout under the drizzle.

“Some others could still be hiding inside,” Amed said.

A spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who goes by the nom de guerre Mervan The Brave, said Baghouz village where the militants made their final stand is “full of all kinds of explosives.” He said SDF forces have detonated land mines and suicide belts left behind by the militants. In a series of tweets, the U.S.-led coalition said the SDF continued “back-clearance operations” to rid Baghouz of any militants or weapon caches.

A day earlier, a Syrian driver working with NBC News reporters was killed by an explosive device that went off in a house used by the SDF as a command post and a media center for journalists covering the fighting in Baghouz.

World leaders were quick to hail Saturday’s announcement by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces that the last shred of land controlled by Daesh in Syria had been conquered. But the top foreign affairs official for the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region warned Daesh members captured during the assault still posed a threat.


“There are thousands of fighters, children and women and from 54 countries, not including Iraqis and Syrians, who are a serious burden and danger for us and for the international community,” Abdel-Karim Omar said.

“Numbers increased massively during the last 20 days of the Baghouz operation,” he said.

He also warned of the continuing danger posed by Daesh sleeper cells.

According to the SDF, 66,000 people left the last Daesh pocket since January, including 5,000 fighters and 24,000 of their relatives.

The SDF have screened droves of people scrambling out of Baghouz in recent weeks, detaining suspected militants and trucking civilians and Daesh relatives to camps further north.

Most relatives have been crammed into the Al-Hol camp, a facility built for 20,000 people but which now shelters 72,000.

The Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria has warned it does not have capacity to detain so many people, let alone put them on trial. But the home countries of suspected Daesh members are reluctant to take them back, due to potential security risks and the likely public backlash.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 25, 2019, on page 1.


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