ISIS FIGHTERS SURRENDERING
BAGHDAD — Several hundred suspected Islamic State fighters surrendered last week to Kurdish authorities after the militant group lost its last stronghold in northern Iraq, a security official said.
The suspects were part of a group of men who fled toward Kurdishheld lines when Iraqi forces captured the Islamic State base in Hawija, the official said yesterday, asking not to be identified.
The report of militants fleeing, rather than fighting to the finish as in previous battles, suggested their morale may be fading, said Hisham alHashimi, a Baghdadbased expert on Islamic State affairs.
“Approximately 1 000 men surrendered over the last week. Not all, however, are terrorists,” said the security official from the northern Iraqi base of the Kurdistan Regional Government. This leaves Islamic State now defending a stretch of land on both sides of Iraq’s western border with Syria. — Reuters.