ISIS Evacuates Families of Foreign Fighters From Tell Abiad

ISIS group has transferred the families of foreign fighters from the city of Tell Abiad and the surrounding areas toward Raqqa city. It seems that the group has begun to seriously fear battle, which is now on the horizon after the progress achieved by the Free Army and Kurdish Protection Forces in the countryside of the city.

While opposition forces seized many villages in the western countryside of Tell Abiad, such as Jern Elaswad and Hurriyeh, they also advanced towards the city from the east and seized the villages of Rawya, Dahmaa and Tal Khanzir in the countryside of Ras Al Ain in the province of Hasaka. These factions announced the start of crawling toward the city of Tell Abiad, one of the main strongholds of the group, and issued a statement saying that the battle is very close, and that the group has started retreating and losing its strength significantly.

For its part, recently ISIS is trying to urge civilians in Tell Abiad to join its ranks and defend the city against “infidels and apostates,” as they described. As the group started digging trenches on the outskirts of the city, the most recent was near the Turkish border.

In the same context, a reporter from “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” reported that ISIS warned the inhabitants to evacuate Kurdish villages located between Ein Issa and Tell Abiad and move to the city of Palmyra or nearby areas, and prevented them from going toward Raqqa or Aleppo countryside. ISIS announced the warning through the cars of Hesba, which roamed the streets after the Friday prayers, he added.

He also added that the group has removed all flags from the city, except the large flag at the entrance to the city, and another one at the National Hospital, which is considered the headquarters of the group there. ISIS also closed the recruitment office and the training camp in the east of the city, in an accelerated steps from the group to organize its ranks and prepare for the upcoming battle in Tell Abiad.

media activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa, founding member of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", founding member of the documentary project of "Sound and Picture". I work in documenting violations committed by Assad's regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the supervision of "Cyber-Arabs" in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace "IWPR", about the management of electronic websites and leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography under the supervision of the photojournalist "Peter Hove Olesen".