A number of foreign fighters of the Islamic State radical group. File photo
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Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Leading members of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) began to leave the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit, heading towards their main stronghold Raqqa, in northeastern Syria, local sources reported on Thursday.
An informed source from Mosul told ARA News (under the condition of anonymity) that IS foreign leaders had gathered with their families in the Nabi Younis area in central Mosul on Thursday evening, and were transferred by mini-buses towards the Syrian border near the sub-district of Baaj (120 km southwest of Mosul).
“The same scenario took place in Tikrit evening,” he said.
“These groups entered the Syrian side and then moved on to Raqqa, the main IS stronghold in southeastern Syria,” the source added.
The source pointed out that the IS foreign fighters were leaving in the evening “apparently keeping their departure confidential, thus none of the local fighters knew about it.”
Noteworthy, dozens of IS leaders in different Syrian cities moved to Raqqa with their families earlier this week, eyewitnesses told ARA News.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf
Source: ARA News