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Convoy of ISIS Iraqi vehicles reportedly arrives in Raqqa

By Rudaw 13/10/2016
A convoy of Islamic State militants. Photo: AP/file
A convoy of Islamic State militants. Photo: AP/file
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—A convoy of vehicles carrying Islamic State (ISIS) militants and their families have reportedly arrived in Raqqa, Syria

“10 Buses and 35 SUV Chevrolet With Iraqi Plates arrived Raqqa full with ISIS fighters and their families,” tweeted the credible activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) on Thursday. 


It is unknown at this time where in Iraq the militants allegedly came from. Iraqi forces have recently been deployed to both Anbar province and the Mosul area. 

Iraqi, Kurdish, and international coalition forces are gearing up for the largest offensive against the terrorist group yet – liberating the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. On Wednesday, a convoy of armoured vehicles and artillery pieces belonging to Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces arrived on the Khazir frontline north of Mosul. 

A 30,000-strong force will participate in the military operation, which is expected to be launched this month.

Many ISIS leaders have fled the city with their families in recent months in anticipation of the military offensive, Iraq’s then Minister of Defence, Khalid al-Obeidi said in July, noting that most were going to Syria. 

Others have deserted the militant group and fled, with Turkey the most popular destination. “This very morning, three ISIS fighters have fled to Turkey,” the Mosul Eye, a blogger in Mosul and one of the few sources of information from the city, told Rudaw English earlier this month. They were local recruits, he added. 

The Iraqi army is also preparing an offensive to clear the last remaining territories under ISIS control in Anbar province. Last week, the army deployed about 3,000 troops to the Syrian border.

RBSS was formed by a group of activists in April 2014 with the aim of documenting ISIS abuses in Raqqa, the militant group’s self-declared capital. Their members in the city risk death in their reporting that has shed light on the multitude of abuses carried out by ISIS. 

They are one of the few reliable sources of information in the ISIS stronghold. At least two of their members have been killed by the terrorist group for their reporting. 

RBSS was awarded an International Press Freedom Award in 2015 by the Committee to Protect Journalists. 

Comments

 
Barwari peshmerga | 13/10/2016
Where was the intelligence ??? Such a big convoy arrives unhurt ? Isn't strange ?
Lao in | 13/10/2016
Why not bomb them? When they are in the road? A journalist have detected them but not all military powers around the world?!
Nameless | 14/10/2016
Don't fall for rudaws stupidy that the above image is from recently. They can't even comment their uploaded images
Kyle | 15/10/2016
They were with their families many of whom were probably innocent civilians being used as shields or forced brides.
Josh | 18/10/2016
They knew they were leaving, The public organizer from Chicago, that some call our president, I call the biggest terrorist the world has ever seen, Mr.Obama Osama Hussein "agreed to let them leave Mosul for Syria"; he did this because he wants Syria to fall, so he can continue his push for his pipeline (with the Saudis), as it stands, Assad turned down the US-Saudi pipeline, instead opting to go with the Iranian partnered pipeline; Oh, at that point, Obama declares Assad a dictator that has to go, and starts arming rebel factions in Syria, and Libya along with Mrs.Clinton, and ISIS was born. Iraq was collateral damage and never was intended to happen so they help the Iraqis clear ISIS from Iraq, but make no mistake, they will NOT help the Syrians clear Syria because they want Assad government to be overthrown so they can implement a US backed govt that will allow our pipeline so we can continue to line our "leaders" pockets with money, meanwhile all the innocent families in Iraq, Syria, and Libya will pay the price. Obama will simply blame the Russians as the reason we are not attacking ISIS in Syria, as Russia IS keeping Assad afloat. The world needs to open their eyes to what is REALLY happening in the Middel East; Obama wants a One-World govt (the United Nations), along with The Clintons, and will stop at NOTHING to achieve this. That means the United States is no longer a sovereign nation, as Obama put it, "Our humanity should allow us to give up some freedoms and privileges so other poor nations can live better. There should be no rich nations, no poor nations, only a singular modest world, One world religion, one world govt, one world power"... Just listen to his 2016 UN speech for all the proof you need.... WW3 is upon us and all the US cares about is if Trump likes to grab pussies... Lmao (who doesn't)

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