Monday, October 16, 2017
From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter a much more understandable explanation that recent surrender en masse of Islamic State combatants as was the topic of a previous blog entry:
"DEBKA: Iraq recovered Hawija from ISIS - without firing a shot"
"DEBKAfile's military sources dispute the Iraqi prime minister Haydar al-Abadi's claim that his army vanquished ISIS in a two-week offensive and liberated the town of Hawija near Kirkuk. Our sources reveal that, instead of launching this offensive, Iraqi army commanders negotiated a deal with the jihadists through the mediation of local Arab tribes. They granted safe passage for the occupiers and their families to withdraw from Hawija in return for a commitment not to resist the Iraqi army’s takeover of the town. Iraqi troops indeed secured a corridor for their exit, after which the Islamic fighters headed for Diyala in eastern Iraq near the Iranian border."
En masse surrender with TERMS and GUARANTEED safe passage!
Fair and just treatment will induce other ISIL fighters to give up the battle? Hands up much more often and pronounced will be the result? That is the hope.