Suruc, Turkey – In an unprecedented development, the U.S.-led international coalition called on civilians in the IS-held Syrian city of Raqqa to evacuate their houses immediately.
The American appeal came on Sunday through paper scraps dropped by warplanes on the city, local sources reported on Sunday.
Local activists from Raqqa told ARA News that chaos prevailed in the city after residents obtained these scraps, amid continued raids against IS locations.
This comes after a wave of defections hit the ranks of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS).
Speaking to ARA News on the phone, a military source from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the IS-held city of Manbij said (under the condition of anonymity) that the number of IS militants has decreased in the city.
“The IS group is even afraid of sending their gunmen on missions and patrols outside Manbij,” the source reported. “Those militants, who are supposed to perform military missions and come back to their bases, mostly do not return, as in the recent cases in IS-held Amarna and Jazira checkpoints on the road to Jarablus.”
In the meantime, the town of Ain Issa, in southeastern Kobane (Ain al-Arab), was reported free of IS militants on Sunday evening. The group has transferred its Sharia Court and headquarters to the nearby town of Sulug, amid the escape of large numbers of militants towards the Turkish territory across Tel Abyad in the Raqqa countryside, in northeastern Syria.
Media sources also reported that the IS extremists are planning to withdraw from the northern countryside of Aleppo, after their loss in Kobane’s battles.
Commenting on these developments, media activist Khabat Hisso told ARA News: “After the group’s defeat in Kobane, I’m afraid of IS recklessness and retaliatory practices against civilians before their withdrawal from any area.”
The defending forces of Kobane have made great advancement in these areas. The IS group has entered the stage of collapse, at least in the mentioned areas, according to observers.
Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed
Source: ARA News
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