February 9, 2023

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In Syria, jihadists escape after Islamic State militants raided a prison

Quran, one of the largest jihadist strongholds in Syria, was attacked by Islamic State (IS) militants on Thursday, January 20, and was able to release prisoners.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), which has an extensive network of sources in Syria, a car bomb exploded at the entrance of the prison, and a second explosion occurred just before the IS jihadists attacked Kurdish security forces guarding the prison. Organizational leadership.

“Many prisoners managed to escape”, The NGO said, without mentioning their number. He did not immediately report any casualties in this rare attack in the Syrian Kurdish-controlled city of Hasake.

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The situation is under control

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), dominated by Kurdish militants, continued their struggle against ISIS, confirming the attack on Ghwayran prison, but the prisoners did not escape.

“Dash is an attempt to escape the terrorists [un acronyme arabe pour désigner l’EI] An explosion and a car bomb blast took place in Hassaké prison, SDF said in a statement. “Members of the dash sleeper cells sprout from the surrounding area and collide with security forces.” The Kurds, they continued.

The FDS sent reinforcements to the prison and blocked the area, OSDH said. In a separate statement, SDF spokesman Farhat Sahmi said: “The situation inside the prison is currently under control” And reports “Clashes between Kurdish militants and jihadists near the prison”. According to the OSTH, planes of the US-led International Anti-Jihadist Alliance flew over the area and set fires near the prison.

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Sleeper cells

According to Kurdish officials controlling much of northern Syria, 12,000 jihadists from more than 50 nations are being held in jails under their control.

Leading the fight against IS, the SDF, backed by the International Coalition, defeated the jihadist group in Syria in 2019 and drove out its last stronghold, Baghouz in the Deir Ezzor (eastern) province. Despite being defeated, IS has been carrying out deadly attacks, especially in the vast Syrian desert from the central province of Holmes on the Iraqi border to Deir ez-Zor.

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The attacks target both the Syrian army and its allies and Kurdish forces, which have long been supported by Washington in their fight against IS, which has sown terrorism in both countries and carried out bloody attacks around the world. In Syria, as in Iraq, the jihadist group maintains sleeper cells.

The war in Syria, provoked by the repression of pro-democracy protests in March 2011, has been complicated by years of involvement of regional and international forces and the rise of jihadists. It caused nearly half a million deaths and displaced millions, according to OSDH.

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World with AFP