Mosul – Hundreds of Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants have escaped Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate through the Ba’aj road to Syria, officials and military sources reported on Tuesday.
Kurdish Peshmerga commander Qassim Shesho confirmed that a large number of ISIS fighters have fled the Mosul countryside through the Ba’aj road to Syria.
The Bajaj road is an unofficial route used by ISIS to move between Mosul in northern Iraq and Raqqa, the group’s capital in Syria.
Another senior Kurdish official also confirmed: “Yes, there were cars going from Ba’aj to Syria. Maybe they were civilians, not Daesh [ISIS].”
On Saturday, dozens of Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists arrived in the Syrian border town of Margada along with their families. The jihadists came from positions in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate, which have been evacuated.
Local sources told ARA News that more than 90 ISIS members, along with their families, arrived in Margada town–near the administrative borders between Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor Governorates. Eyewitnesses reported that there were at least 25 families in the ISIS convoy.
Also, several ISIS military vehicles passed through al-Qa’im crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border. The vehicles continued on to al-Bukamal city in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor Governorate. “The vehicles crossed the border in the early morning on Saturday, carrying weapons and dozens of ISIS fighters,” local media activist Ahmed Hamwi told ARA News.
In the meantime, Kurdish Peshmerga forces told ARA News that there are no plans so far to attach southern Sinjar to cut the road between Raqqa and Mosul.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh & Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News
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