Hasakah – At least 15 foreign jihadists have defected from the Islamic State group in the town of Margada in northeastern Syria, local sources said on Wednesday.
Activists reported a state of alert in ISIS ranks in the town of Margada, south of Hasakah Governorate, after a group of jihadists evacuated their posts and fled Syria.
“The defectors were Western members of the group who have been recently transferred from Iraq’s Mosul to Margada in Syria’s Hasakah,” media activist Ghassan al-Omari told ARA News.
“The ISIS-led Hisba Police was unable to find them in the area. The defectors have most likely crossed the border into Turkey,” another local source said, citing an ISIS member.
“They have apparently lost their hope in winning the fight against the US-backed Iraqi and Syrian forces, which led them to abandon the ISIS ranks and escape,” al-Omari told ARA News.
ISIS installed new security checkpoints and deployed dozens of guards in the vicinity of Margada town in the wake of the incident.
Margada is the Islamic State’s last stronghold in Hasakah Governorate. It is located on the administrative border between Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor Governorates.
Dozens of militants have recently deserted ISIS ranks amidst growing internal rifts over power and money, according to local monitors.