An officer of Kurdish Peshmerga forces gives water to a man who is suspected of being an Islamic State militant, southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed
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Hundreds of suspected Daesh (ISIS) militants surrendered last week to Kurdish authorities after the militant group was driven out of its last stronghold in northern Iraq, a Kurdish security official said Tuesday.The suspects were part of a group of men who fled toward Kurdish-held lines when Iraqi government forces captured the Daesh base in Hawijah, the official told Reuters, asking not to be identified.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday this last piece of territory would be recaptured before the end of the year, marking the final defeat of the militants in Iraq.Daesh's cross-border "caliphate" effectively collapsed in July when U.S.-backed Iraqi forces captured Mosul, the group's de facto capital in Iraq, in a nine-month battle.
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