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ISIL Commanders Fleeing to Northern Syria with FSA Assistance

9 December 2017 13:05


 The Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) assisted two senior commander of the ISIL terrorist group to escape the war zone in Eastern Syria towards Northern Aleppo near the border with Turkey, media activists reported on Saturday.

The sources said that Hamad al-Sowein and Mahmoud al-Qodous, two notorious commanders of the ISIL terrorist group, escaped ISIL-held regions, and headed to Northern Aleppo.

The sources further said that the FSA helped the ISIL commander to move to the town of Azaz in Northern Aleppo near the border with Turkey.

They added that the ISIL commander paid a hefty amount of money to the FSA to let them go through their regions and move to Northern Aleppo.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) announced in late October that a large number of senior commanders of the ISIL terrorist group fled the battlefield and escaped to Turkey.

“According to documents and proofs, a number of Syrian and non-Syrian ISIL commanders have escaped to Turkey in recent days and weeks,” the SOHR wrote on its website.

SOHR further added that ISIL commanders were evacuated from battlefields in Raqqa and Deir Ezzur provinces to the regions that were under the control of the Euphrates Shield Operation in Northern and Northeastern Aleppo that border Turkey.

“ISIL commanders have paid $20,000 up to 30,000 dollars each to leave the provinces of Homs, Deir Ezzur and Raqqa for Turkey via the regions that are under the control of Ankara-backed militants,” the SOHR said, adding that the human traffickers moved the ISIL commanders to the borders with Turkey via checkpoints in Northeastern Aleppo, handing them over to Turkish traffickers.

Hundreds of ISIL members, including the local commanders of the group, escaped to Hasaka province, SOHR said, adding that some of these commanders were hidden in Hasaka and some of them moved to Turkey.

The SOHR said that according to documents, ISIL’s members and commanders that left Eastern Homs to the regions that were under the control of the Euphrates Shield Operation in Northeastern Aleppo were taken to Turkey by human traffickers.

Local sources said that Khaled Ali’owi nom de guerre Abu al-Walid Hosseiniyeh and Samir al-Dayeri, two notorious commanders of the ISIL, escaped from the Eastern countryside of Deir Ezzur city as the army men were rolling on the terrorists’ positions.

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