EM – Syria: 70 dead in fighting between Islamic State and Kurdish forces raging for day three


The attack in the northern city of Hasakeh is one of the most significant since its “caliphate” was declared defeated in Syria nearly three years ago

Syrians flee their homes in the Ghwayran neighborhood of the northern city of Hasaka on January 22, 2022, the third day of fighting between Islamic State and Kurdish forces in Syria. AFP

Beirut: Fighting between the Islamic State group and Kurdish forces in Syria raged for a third day on Saturday after IS attacked a prison housing jihadists, with violence that killed over 70 people , said an observer.

The attack on Ghwayran prison in the northern city of Hasakeh is one of the most significant since his ‘caliphate’ was declared defeated in Syria nearly three years ago.

‘At least 28 members of Kurdish security forces, five civilians and 45 members of IS were killed in the violence,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights members of the jihadist group are being housed, including some of their leaders, the observatory said old,” and freed several ISIS fighters, said the UK-based observer, who relies on sources inside war-torn Syria for his information.

Hundreds of jihadi inmates have since been recaptured, but Dozens are still at large, the observatory said.

Kurdish security forces, backed by US-led coalition planes, have surrounded the prison and are fighting to regain full control of the surrounding neighborhoods, which jihadists use as a launch pad for have used their attacks.

The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday said they would conduct “operations to maintain security in the city of Hasakeh and around the Ghwayran area with the help of coalition allies and Kurdish internal security forces.” jail.

Saturday’s clashes were said to be mainly concentrated The jihadist group said in a statement released by its Amaq news agency on Friday that its attack on aimed at “freeing the prisoners”.

– “fat target” –
ISIS has regularly launched attacks on Kurdish and government targets in Syria since the rump of its once-sprawling proto-state was overrun in March 2019.

Most of their guerrilla attacks have targeted military targets and oil facilities in remote areas, but the outbreak from Hasakeh prison could mark a new phase in the group’s resurgence.

It was not immediately clear whether the prison break was part of a centrally coordinated operation, timed to coincide with an attack on a military base in neighboring Iraq, or the Action by a local IS cell.

Analyst Nicholas Heras of Washington’s Newlines Institute said the jihadist group had targeted the prison to increase its numbers.

The Islamic State group “wants over out beyond the terrorist and criminal network it has morphed into, and to do that it needs more fighters,” he told AFP.

“Out of prison breaches are ISIS’ best opportunity to regain its weapon strength, and Ghwayran prison is a nice fat target for ISIS because it’s overcrowded,” he said, using a different acronym for IS.

The prospect of a Repeat attacks remain very real, said Colin Clarke, research director at New York-based think tank Soufan Center.

Kurdish authorities have long warned they are unable to handle the thousands of IS fighters who are in According to Kurdish authorities, more than 50 nationalities are represented in a number of Kurdish-run prisons, which currently hold more than 12,000 ISIS suspects.

Many of the countries of origin of the IS prisoners were reluctant to bring them back, fearing a public backlash at home.

Abdulkarim Omar, the top foreign policy chief The leader of the semi-autonomous government blamed the “failure of the international community to meet its responsibilities” for the attack on the IS prison.

The war in Syria broke out in 2011 and has killed nearly half a million people since then triggered the largest conflict-related displacement since World War II.

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January 22, 2022 7:47:47 PM IST


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