As defeat neared, the anger of defiant supporters of the "Islamic state" among the evacuees was palpable.
Women seen at a reception area set up in the desert, where they were screened by SDF officials, were rowdy and aggressive. They angrily denounced journalists, and praised IS. Engulfed in conservative black robes with a black face covers, they pointed their fingers at the sky and screamed: “Islamic State will stay, God is great, God is great, Islamic State will stay!” Two women took off their shoes and raised them in the direction of journalists. “Take a picture of the shoe, the shoes are better than you,” one said. Children joined, raising their fingers in the air.