Reports: ISIS troops are surrendering
Militants who have been determined to be ISIS fighters have voluntarily turned themselves in at the Kurdish authorities' interrogation center in northern Iraq, in effect surrendering the fight, NYT and Reuters report. They fled after their Iraqi stronghold of Hawija fell on October 5.
Why it matters: That's highly unusual behavior for ISIS. As NYT's Rod Nordland writes, this is "an extremist group that has made its reputation on its ferociousness, with fighters who would always choose suicide over surrender…According to Kurdish officials, they put up no fight at all, other than planting bombs and booby traps… Seen up close, the fighters' pretense of bravado soon disappears."