During the recent Peshmerga liberation of Bashiqa, a town on the eastern outskirts of Mosul city, Kurdish forces stumbled upon a few dozen beleaguered ISIS fighters held up at isolated buildings across the town.
In one rare instance, an Islamic State militant – who clearly suffered from poor hygiene – surrendered himself to the advancing Peshmerga soldiers.
— Chris Tomson (@TheDaneChris) November 14, 2016
Although summary executions have been a common theme between warring factions in both Iraq and Syria, good treatment of prisoners of war (POW’s) does nevertheless encourage hostile militants to give up their arms more frequently.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Army has captured a dozen districts in the eastern part of Mosul city while the pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are advancing inroads to Tal Afar amid an offensive that looks to cut off ISIS’ supply line to Mosul.