Some 200 ISIS militants have defected battlefields in Iraq, and many of them have surrendered to the security forces to be tried justly, according to Iraqi officials.

“A large number of ISIS militants have surrendered to the security forces and it is ongoing,” said Najim al-Jabouri, the commander of the Nineveh Operations Command, Rudaw reported.

“Upon the request of the surrendering militants, the general commander of the armed forces has guaranteed the militants that they will be tried just and their lives will be protected until the court has issued their verdicts per their crimes,” he added.

ISIS has face military setbacks and loss of territories in Iraq and Syria. According to Iraqi defense ministry reports, as many as 200 militants have fled.

“I have not got an exact data, because some of them have surrendered to the Peshmerga in Makhmour and some others to the Federal Police and 9th Division of the Iraqi army,” Jabouri said.

He further said that militants who withdraw from the battles will not end up executed by Iraqi forces, since they are seen as Iraqis.

Abdulraza Talibi of the Iraqi defense ministry said in a press conference that the number of ISIS fighters has reduced from 30,000 in 2014 to 7,000 in 2017.