ERBIL – As the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi army troops continue their advance in the northwestern Nineveh province, dozens of militant fighters from the Islamic State (ISIS) have reportedly evacuated their headquarters in Mosul city.
“More than 80 ISIS militants have escaped from Mosul on Saturday for fear of attacks by the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi allies aimed at storming the ISIS-held city,” spokesman of the Nineveh media center Raafat Zarari reported.
Speaking to ARA News, Zarari confirmed that the number of the militant fighters in Mosul has “remarkably decreased after ISIS fighting units saw a wave of dissidence among its members over the last few days”.
“Most of ISIS defectors have crossed the border into Syria. Some of them have escaped to Turkey, while the rest are still seeking their way into the Turkish territory,” the source said.
In the meantime, local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News in Mosul that a state of alert hit the ranks of ISIS commanders “after dozens of top fighters left their positions in Mosul suburb”.
“The recent gains by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army troops, beside the mounting airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, have caused a large pressure on ISIS in Mosul, leading main fighting units to escape the city looking for a safe haven in neighboring countries,” al-Malla reported.
According to activists, the current chaos in the ranks of the radical group could facilitate the progress by the Kurdish and allied Iraqi forces to retake Mosul –ISIS main bastion in Iraq.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News
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