Footage filmed near Baghouz on Saturday shows wives and children of IS militants fleeing the last IS stronghold in eastern Syria. IS family members fled the eastern Syrian village, after 1,300 fighters reportedly surrendered following intense clashes, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The wife of a fallen IS militant, who claimed her name was Saffyia, said that she had come to Syria from Istanbul “five years ago.” She said that she followed her husband to Syria, noting, “He came here, then I followed him.”
The wife of another killed IS fighter, a Finnish national who identified herself as Manija Kismar, said that she also had come to Syria with her husband and has been in the country for “three years.”
According to Kismar, she first came to Idlib from Turkey, adding that “we walked through the mountains and crossed the border to Idlib.”
The SDF has battled IS fighters holed up in the village of Baghouz for weeks. On March 9, the SDF launched fresh attacks on IS positions, resulting in the surrender of around 4,000 IS militants and their family members.
Some 5,000 IS militants and their family members are still believed to be in Baghouz, based on the SDF reports and intelligence acquired from captured IS fighters.