Hundreds of terrorists who have defected the ISIL after the terrorist group’s heavy defeat in Syria crossed the borders to Southern Turkey as a first step to return to their countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
“The former extremist terrorists are now rallying in several towns and villages in Southern Turkey after making it through the borders,” local media reported.
The ISIL has experienced heavy defeats in Homs, Hama and Deir Ezzur provinces in recent weeks.
Throughout the year, the Turkish border guards have shot dead scores of both civilians and the terrorists who were trying to cross the borders into Turkey.
In a relevant development on Tuesday, the Syrian army forces ambushed a large group ISIL terrorists who were escaping from a besieged area in Central Syria towards Idlib, and held them captive.
The ISIL terrorists sought to run away from an army-controlled region through al-Sa’an-Ithriya road towards areas controlled by al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) in Idlib but they faced an ambush by the army units.
During the operation, 25 ISIL militants were held captive.
A military source said that 3 ISIL commanders are among the captives.
The Syrian army is now steamrolling through ISIL’s last positions in Central Syria, liberating town after town around in the Eastern countryside of Homs and Hama.
The Syrian army troops hit ISIL terrorists’ defense lines hard in Eastern Hama and imposed control over several villages.
The army units engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in remaining regions that are still under the control of the terrorists in Eastern Hama.