Foreign militants fighting with Islamic State (IS) are moving their families from Mosul to areas in Syria.
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official from the Zumar sub-district Hasan Khalo told BasNews, “Foreign militants and commanders of IS have begun moving their families from Mosul to IS controlled areas in Syria this week, and a large number of them have already left the city.”
“They are leaving Mosul in small groups to avoid causing tension,” Khalo said.
The exodus is thought to be in response to the operation to free Tikrit and other areas of Salahaddin Province, raising fears of an operation to liberate Mosul in the near future.
According to Khalo, more than 85 foreign militants and their families joined commanders of IS in leaving Mosul this week.