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Syria, ISIS militia fled from prisons in the north point to Idlib and Deir Ezzor


The ISIS militiamen, who escaped from the SDF prisons in the north thanks to the Turkish offensive, are heading towards Idlib or Deir Ezzor. Kurdish forces have already captured many in Manbij, Raqqa and Tabqa

The ISIS militiamen, who fled from the SDF prisons in northern Syria thanks to the Turkish offensive, are spreading. Local sources explained to Defense and Security that the attacks on the main camps, where jihadists and commanders of the Islamic State were detained, from al-Chirkin to Ain Issa, created the chaos. The actions, combined with internal revolts, caused mass evasion of both local fundamentalists and foreign fighters. Some of them went to Idlib and Turkey, but others pointed towards south and east. Indeed, Kurdish forces have captured numerous Daesh members in Manbij, Raqqa and Tabqa. This means that they are heading to Deir Ezzor and Hasaka. It is not clear, however, whether to join the groups active in the region or to try to reach the border with Iraq.

It is feared that, especially after the appointment of al-Qurayshi as a new caliph, Daesh wants to reorganize and attack the only large camp still protected: that of Al-Hol. As a result, Kurdish forces have strengthened security throughout the area. Also thanks to the return of the US military

For the moment, however, Isis has failed to conquer the largest SDF prison in eastern Syria: that of Al-Hol. This, despite several revolts broke out inside the camp and attempts to escape. Events, however, that the Kurdish forces managed to manage. The structure is home to around 12,000 Islamic State jihadists and 80,000 members of their families. It’s highly supervised and there has recently been a further increase in security. Also thanks to the return of US soldiers to the area. It is feared, in fact, that Daesh wants to free his men. Especially after the appointment of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as the new caliph, who presages a reorganization of Daesh. This starts from acquiring new resources, both in terms of jihadists and financial.

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