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ISIS Fighters Surrender After Losing Hawija

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Displaced men from Hawija are lined up against a wall facing away in order not to see security officers at a Kurdish screening center in Dibis, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (Bram Janssen/AP)

By    |   Monday, 09 October 2017 10:07 AM

ISIS fighters are surrendering en masse to Kurdish forces after losing their last major city in Iraq, The New York Times reported.

This is in stark contrast to the martyrdom associated with the terrorist group, whose fighters have boasted choosing suicide over surrender, but the fall of Hawija has seen over 1,000 Islamic State fighters turn themselves in since last Sunday.

The Iraqi military said, per The New York Times, that they had managed to oust ISIS from the Iraqi city in just over two weeks.

In those 15 days, only three were spent in actual combat before most of the extremists fled.

The surrender comes as a sign that the extremist groups are "giving up," according to Lieutenant General Paul Funk, who commands the coalition task force fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

"They're coming out with their hands up, putting their weapons down — full scale surrender," Funk told USA Today.

"What we are hearing (from those who surrendered) is, 'Our leaders have abandoned us, we haven't been fed, we haven't been paid.'"

The New York Times paints a dreary scene of the interrogation center of the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq, revealing that many of the dejected fighters had not been able to go to a toilet in days.

According to the report, many of the fighters had only been members of the Islamic State for several weeks, claiming to have been cooks or clerks.

One of the prisoners, Maytham Muhammed Mohemin, spoke about how the governor of Hawija had told the fighters to surrender to the Kurdish forces.

"The governor told us each to 'solve your own problem and find your own solution for yourself,'" he said, per The New York Times.

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