BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – An official from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Kurdistan 24 on Monday that an estimated 1,000 Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighters were left inside their Euphrates enclave.
“There is no official record, but there are maybe more than a thousand mercenaries [ISIS fighters] there, most of them foreigners: Europeans, Turks, a lot of Iraqis, Asians,” Adnan Afrin of the SDF told Kurdistan 24.
The SDF official said that the Islamic State is confined to approximately 700 square meters of territory inside this Euphrates enclave.
“But this was incorrect. Once we started the operation, some 5,000 civilians were liberated. After collecting additional information from the civilians, it seems there are more trapped in the city. The number is higher, you saw it with your own eyes,” he added.
The remaining Islamic State terrorists have refused to surrender themselves to the Syrian Democratic Force, despite being completely surrounded by the latter.