UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A widow of a militant in the Islamic state, freed from the last bastion of the organization in eastern Syria, made no effort to hide her hostility to the United States after she surrendered to Syria’s democratic forces besieging the region.
“It is not a war and it has not seen fighters or people carrying arms against the United States, but has seen Americans kill many people,” French mother Um Walaa told Reuters television after leaving the village of Baguoz near the Iraqi border.
“America terrorizes people more than people who talk,” she said. They are being killed and they are more terrified than men.”
“They say, ‘We were terrified of the world.’ I am in truth, I have not seen this thing … America’s lips will be killed in Muslims. In the whole world not only in Syria. all over the world. I am this thing. The world needs to know that America is terrorists. They are terrorists.”
The talk of Umm Wala shows the feelings of the followers and fighters of the Islamic state of those who left this stronghold during the past month in large numbers.
Having subjugated vast parts of Syria and Iraq to a regime characterized by mass murder, sexual slavery and steel, the Islamic state was on the verge of gaining control over the last populated area.
After the creation of the so-called Khilafah state in 2014, the Islamic state has attracted followers from around the world, many of whom, like Umm Wala, are still hard-line and proud to be supporters of this militant organization.
The mother, who was black and covered with her head and face, said she was a French citizen of Moroccan origin and that she was born and lived the first years of her life in Belgium. She said her husband died while fighting in the Islamic state.
Umm Walaa, who put her daughter in Syria, said she traveled to join the organization because she wanted to help. She said she wanted to see what was happening in Syria, describing what she saw as terrorism. She said the United States had killed large numbers of people.
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The Islamic state has regressed to the Baguz after it gradually lost control of territory in Syria and Iraq in the face of forces including Iraqi forces, the Syrian army backed by Russia and Iran, as well as the Turkish-backed armed opposition as well as the US-backed Syrian democracy.
He was the biggest loser in 2017 when he was driven out of his stronghold in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Raqqa.
The gains of Syria’s democratic forces in Syria come from massive US air support. Amnesty International said there was evidence that attacks by the US-led coalition on Al-Raqqa were a violation of international law because they endangered the lives of civilians.
The coalition says it applies “strict standards” when setting goals for an Islamic state and makes extraordinary efforts to protect noncombatants.
Control of the Baguz would be a milestone in the fight against the Islamic state but it is widely believed that the organization remains a security threat as it still controls some enclaves in other regions and has the ability to launch guerrilla attacks.
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