A leading member of the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group surrendered to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Wednesday, military sources reported.
Abu Abdullah al-Bahreni, a Bahraini jihadist and chief of the ISIS-led Hisba Police in the Kifsa town in northern Syria, has surrendered to the SDF near Manbij city.
“After the SDF forces foiled an attempt by ISIS to infiltrate into Manbij, a number of ISIS militants, headed by al-Bahreni, surrendered themselves to the SDF,” Kurdish officer Habun Osman told ARA News.
ISIS militants tried to infiltrate into the Mestariha district in southwestern Manbij on Wednesday. However, the SDF troops foiled the attempt after clashes with the militants.
“At least seven ISIS militants were killed in the clashes, while the rest surrendered themselves and their weapons to the Syrian Democratic Forces,” SDF officer Osman said.
The Kurdish officer told ARA News that the militants could have escaped, “but they’ve chosen to surrender”.
“Having a prominent ISIS official like Abu Abdullah al-Bahreni surrendering to the SDF indicates the helplessness of the terrorist group in continuing the fight against our forces in northern Syria,” an SDF spokesman said.
The city of Manbij has served for over two years as a main ISIS jihadi pocket on the Syrian-Turkish border. Supported by the US-led coalition, the SDF liberated the city and its countryside in mid-August, 2016.