The sources said that a group of former ISIL recruits who now reside in the Turkish border town of Urfa told Rudaw they fled Syria in hope of going back to their families.
“I’ve no idea where to go,” a 24-year-old former recruit from the Kurdistan region said without saying his name.
“They will imprison me if I go back to Kurdistan and if I return to the ISIL, I could be executed for treason,” the young man said.
He said when the ISIL withdrew from Tal Abyad, he and many of his fellow fighters took the chance and left the area disguised as refugees with the rest of the inhabitants.
Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) recaptured Tal Abyad, known as Gire Spi to Kurds, last week after a week-long siege of the ethnically mixed town.