Around 150 Isis Members Surrender To Peshmerga Northwest of Tal Afar
About 150 Islamic State (ISIS) members and their families surrendered to Peshmerga forces in Sahil al Malih, a village 25 kilometers west of al-Ayadiya, northwest of Tal Afar.
Peshmerga Major, Jamal Barwari, said on Wednesday (August 30) that there were Germans, Turks, Turkmen, Afghans and Chechens among the surrendered members and families of the Islamic State.
“In fact these displaced people who turn themselves in, they are not displaced people they are all Dawaesh [Islamic State members] and they all wore explosive belts,” Barwari added.
Peshmerga forces captured 16 ISIS militants in Ayadiya sub-district near Tal Afar on August 28, including two emirs from the ultra-hardline group.
Iraqi forces backed by Shia paramilitaries began fighting house-by-house, in the one town left to take from ISIS before they can declare complete victory over the group's former stronghold of Tal Afar, military commanders said.
The fighting in al-Ayadiya has been described by some Iraqi troops as "multiple times worse" than the battle for Mosul, which was flattened by nine months of grinding urban warfare.
Tal Afar became the next target of the U.S.-backed war on ISIS following the recapture of Mosul the city where the group had declared its "caliphate" over parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.