Hundreds of ISIS fighters surrender after fleeing Tal Afar

Between ‘150 and 200 ISIS fighters moved with their families up to Al-Ayadieh’, according to Brigadier General Andrew A Croft, deputy commander of the US-led coalition air units.

Iraqi forces had said the fighting in the area had been ‘multiple times worse’ than the battle for Mosul’s old city, which was retaken from ISIS last month.

Hundreds of battle-hardened fighters were positioned inside most houses and high buildings inside the town, making it difficult for government forces to make any progress, army officers said.