Syrian forces arrest 400 jihadist fighters after thwarting attempt to flee

FILE PHOTO: A boy carries his belongings at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Fardous district, Syria April 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rami Zayat/File Photo

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Syria’s anti-government forces have arrested 400 fighters from the Islamic state after foiling their attempt to escape from their besieged enclave in the eastern town of Baguoz, a leading source told AFP on Wednesday.

The source said that 400 fighters tried to infiltrate the Bagouz area on Tuesday evening after a network trying to take them out of the area, without specifying the identity of the elements of the network and the area they intended to transport them.

He explained that among those arrested were “Syrians and foreigners of different nationalities, who were trying to escape on foot and were arrested on the basis of intelligence,” without giving any further details.

Syria’s Democratic forces have been besieging remaining fighters and members of their families for weeks in a limited spot inside the town of Bagouz on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River in eastern Syria.

They surround the town from both sides of the north and west, while Syrian forces lie south on the West Bank of the Euphrates, and Iraqi forces and popular mobilization factions east on the opposite side of the border.

In recent weeks, thousands of Baguoz men, including men suspected of being members of the extremist group, have emerged before Syria’s democratic forces launched their latest offensive on Friday. Two days later, the slow pace of the offensive announced that it was opening up more trapped civilians, accusing the extremist organization of using them as human shields.

As a result of the Syrian army’s military advance since the start of its offensive in eastern Syria, some 58,000 people have left the organization’s control areas, including a large number of foreigners, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

These forces are waiting for the end of the evacuation process in preparation for the completion of its attack and control of the entire Bagouz, in preparation for the end of the existence of the “Caliphate.”

The organization, which announced in 2014 the establishment of an “Islamic Caliphate” in large areas controlled by Syria and neighboring Iraq, estimated the size of Britain, suffered large field losses during the past two years after years of terrorized by its hard-line and bloody attacks around the world.

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