Rudaw

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Nearly 100 ISIS militants crossed Syrian border into Iraq last week: security sources

Nearly 100 ISIS militants entered Iraq’s Nineveh province from Syria last week, according to security sources.

“Fear has spread among our people,”  Mirza Khalaf, Peshmerga commander of the 2nd regiment in Shingal, told Rudaw on Thursday. “We have received some information that nearly 100 have entered [Iraq] through Rabia and Baaj from Syria.”

Due to the continued threat of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, the nearly 3,000 Peshmerga fighters stationed at the Sheikh Sharafadin shrine are prepared to fight, he assured.

Iraqi forces say they have arrested nearly 10 ISIS militants in Baaj over the last week.

According to the Shingal administration, about 6,000 families have returned to the town in the last eight months.

However, many still fear the reemergence of ISIS, which launched a massacre against Yazidis in the area.