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    ISIS Fighters, Having Pledged to Fight or Die, Surrender en Masse

    DIBIS, Iraq — The prisoners were taken to a waiting room in groups of four, and were told to stand facing the concrete wall, their noses almost touching it, their hands bound behind their backs.

    More than a thousand Islamic State fighters passed through that room this past week after they fled their crumbling Iraqi stronghold of Hawija. Instead of the martyrdom they had boasted was their only acceptable fate, they had voluntarily ended up here in the interrogation center of the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq.
    More than 1,000 militants turned themselves in after the latest in a string of humiliating defeats in Iraq and Syria. Many claim to have been only cooks or clerks.
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