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Kurdish-led SDF Forces in Syria: ISIS Prisoners No Longer ‘Our Responsibility’ as Five Escape and Thousands More At Risk of Breaking Free

Prisoners of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) held in Kurdish-controlled areas of north-eastern Syria are not the accountability of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a spokesman for the group stated.

SDF forces presently maintain some 12,000 ISIS militants of their prisons following years of serving to the U.S. in quashing the group’s affect, however now that the U.S. has successfully withdrawn its assist and allowed a Turkish incursion into their territory, the Kurdish-led group should focus its efforts on defending its folks and borders, head spokesman Mustafa Bali advised Rudaw.

An extra 90,000 ladies and youngsters affiliated with ISIS fighters are additionally stated to be held in detention facilities in northern Syria.

“We are currently subject to a genocidal attack,” Bali stated.

“There is a challenge to make a demographic change and eradicate Kurds. Therefore, our first responsibility is the safety of our folks, border and soil.

“All our forces are specializing in this now. Our prisons, which have about 12,000 ISIS gang members, and camps, which have greater than 90,000 households of ISIS fighters and migrants, are like detonated bombs.

“We do not know when they will explode. However, this is no longer our responsibility,” he added.

The SDF’s announcement comes as 5 ISIS militants efficiently fled from Jirkin jail in Qamishli. Turkish shelling was blamed for his or her escape.

Upwards of 100 ladies affiliated with ISIS additionally began a significant disruption on the Al-Hol camp close to the Iraqi border—setting tents ablaze and attacking safety guards with sticks and stones—and video footage of the incident confirmed roughly 20 ladies operating via an open discipline in an try and flee.

SDF officers later stated that none had efficiently escaped.

Kurdish-led SDF Forces in Syria: ISIS Prisoners No Longer 'Our Responsibility' as Five Escape and Thousands More At Risk of Breaking Free
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands earlier than veiled international ladies in al-Hol camp, which homes kinfolk of Islamic State group members in northeastern Syria on March 28, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images

The two incidents comply with a refrain of warnings from experts and security officials who said {that a} Turkish invasion may assist ISIS stage mass jail breaks and permit the phobia outfit to regroup.

A White House assertion asserting the withdrawal of U.S. troops prior to the Turkish offensive stated that Turkey would now develop into accountable for all ISIS fighters within the area—a suggestion that was extensively criticized.

“[President Donald] Trump may actually be on the cusp of creating on the worst national security crises of our time by—albeit inadvertently—fuelling the very circumstances in which all these ISIS prisoners escape,” Shiraz Maher, director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, stated on Twitter. “It’s absolutely astonishing.”

Trump may very well be on the cusp of making on the worst nationwide safety crises of our time by – albeit inadvertently – fuelling the very circumstances through which all these ISIS prisoners escape. It’s completely astonishing. https://t.co/OcQ03auhFo

— Shiraz Maher (@ShirazMaher) October 7, 2019

The SDF’s announcement relating to ISIS prisoners is probably going so as to add extra gasoline to the fireplace in an already-volatile area and can little question enhance the criticism obtained by Trump in green-lighting the Turkish operation.

The president is already dealing with sturdy condemnation after Newsweek revealed that U.S. Special Forces in Syria—stationed within the majority-Kurdish metropolis of Kobani—inadvertently came under artillery fire by Turkish troops.

“This is outrageous,” New York Senator Chuck Schumer stated on Twitter.

“Donald Trump wants to clarify instantly why he betrayed the Kurds and why his buddy [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan is reportedly threatening our forces!

“Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, General Mark Milley and General Kenneth McKenzie should come ASAP to publicly reply questions from Senators.”

This is outrageous. @realDonaldTrump wants to clarify instantly why he betrayed the Kurds and why his buddy Erdogan is reportedly threatening our forces!

Sec. Esper, Gen. Milley, & Gen. McKenzie should come ASAP to publicly reply questions from Senatorshttps://t.co/yDWLoxFGNM

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 12, 2019

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