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Syria, the SDF “free” local Isis prisoners from the Al-Hol camp


The SDF intervene to alleviate the situation in the Al-Hol camp in Hasaka. About 28,000 Isis detainees and their families will be “released”. It is not known if freed or transferred elsewhere. 37,000 foreign fighters remain

The SDF intervene in the Al-Hol camp in Hasaka to prevent the situation inside from deteriorating. The Arab-Kurdish forces, according AFP, explained that the Syrian Isis prisoners will leave the facility, while only the foreign fighters will remain in the prison. Inside there are today about 65,000 IS jihadists and their families (including many children). Of these, 28,000 are local and 30,000 Iraqis. Finally, the rest are of various nationalities, including Western ones. It is not clear whether the militiamen and their relatives will be freed, under guarantees from the families, or if they will be transferred to other detention centers. Furthermore, the times when the operations will take place have not been announced. Of course, there is, instead, that the measure concerns only and exclusively Al-Hol and not the other camps in the eastern region.

The decision to “lighten” the presence of IS jihadists in Al-Hol has a precise meaning: to reduce the risks of internal violence and radicalization, as well as those of attacks. Moreover, the most dangerous terrorists have already been transferred to other structures in the Syrian region

The decision of the SDF was made necessary as the repatriation of Isis foreign fighters continue with the dropper. As a result, Al-Hol is still extremely crowded and episodes of violence (including killings) are multiplying within it, with limited capacity for intervention by the Arab-Kurdish forces. Furthermore, the facility is always at risk of raids by IS militiamen to free their comrades. With the “blank release”, however, the situation changes. The significantly lower presence of terrorists will facilitate the control and supervision of the structure. At the same time, the risk of attacks will also be reduced, as the detainees are “foreigners” and therefore have few local links. Finally, there will be less danger of radicalization, especially towards the youngest. Moreover, the most dangerous elements of the group have already been separated and transferred in secret to smaller camps in the Syrian region.

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