The Islamic State has come up with a whole new plan to go undetected in cities and regions they intend to overtake. But this week that plan came to an end when several men dressed in full black veils attempted to blend in with civilians fleeing Manbij, Syria.
The IS fighters are fleeing the strategic city after coalition forces warned they have 48 hours to ‘get out’ of the besieged town.
Several videos of the men were published online by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Thursday.
The attempted escape of the men came after Manbij Military Council, a part of the Syrian Democratic Forces gave the warning and told the men to leave the city with only their one weapon, otherwise they will be annihilated.
Many of the IS fighters ignored the warning and remained within the city limits using humans as shields against attacks.
Ahead of the warning, sources say that at least 56 civilians were killed by coalition air strikes in Manbij.
Reports of the civilian casualties prompted the head of the opposition to urge the US-led coalition to suspend its aerial campaign against IS.
This is not the first time IS fighters were discovered dressed up as women as they either escaped or attempted to blend into the community. In February of this year, ISIS fighters fleeing Ramadi were captured wearing burqas and made-up faces.
So far the battle with IS has taken the lives of over 250,000 people, and have displaced a purported 12 million humans since the civil war began in 2011.