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Weekend Reads: Syria: Kurds resume a prison six days after a jihadist assault

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  Syrie: les Kurdes reprennent une prison six jours après un assaut jihadiste © AFP

L Kurds forces supported by the United States in Syria resumed Wednesday the total control of a large prison attacked by the Group Islamic State (EI), ending the most important jihadist assault in the country in three years.

The fighting that followed the assault launched on January 20 to release jihadists from the prison in Hassaké (Northeast) controlled by the Kurdish forces, made 181 dead -124 jihadists, 50 Kurdish fighters and seven civilians-, according to The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights ( OSDH ).

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The resumption of the "total control" of the prison took place after the surrender of all the jihadists who were entrenched there, indicated Farhad Shami, spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (FDS) dominated by the Kurds and spearheads. The anti-EI struggle in Syria, country at war since 2011.

OSDH has confirmed the prison taking by Kurdish forces but stressed that they continued to rake.

More than a hundred jihadists in and out of the prison participated in the coordinated assault launched on January 20 against the detention center.

prisoners, who were mutated against the guards and served in an armory, participated in the fighting on the side of attackers who managed to infiltrate the prison.

This is the most important attack launched by the EI since its territorial defeat in Syria in 2019 against Kurdish forces. Trapped trucks and heavy weapons were used in the assault.

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"International Problem"

FDS has been helped by American soldiers of the International Antijahist Coalition led by Washington in their operation to regain control of the prison.

Video: Syria: Inmates of the Islamic State group go to Kurdish forces (Le Figaro)

according to the OSDH, an indeterminate number of jihadists have managed to escape from Thursday.

and more than 1,000 jihadists, who were detained or who had infiltrated during the assault in the prison, went to the Kurdish forces since January 20, according to the FDS and OSDH.

The prison sheltered at least 3,500 jihadists of different nationalities, had indicated the OSDH. The United Nations and human rights organizations have also reported hundreds of minors locked in this former converted school in the detention center. We did not know in the immediate future the fate of these miners.

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The Kurdish forces had to "postpone (their attack on prison) because of the presence of minors and to avoid a maximum of human losses," had a Kurdish official.

Wednesday, the Kurdish autonomous administration that controls large areas of Northern and Northeast Syrian renewed with the international community its call for help, fearing that the EI is reinforced by recruiting new fighters.

"This is an international problem that we can not pay alone," said


Abdel Karim Omar, Local Officer. Calls for help Despite repeated calls from Kurds, most Western countries refuse to repatriate their citizens who are in prisons and camps, content with repatriations in the gout.

"We defeated the terrorized EI, without eliminating terrorist ideology," said Mr. Omar.

experts see in this attack against the prison a new stage towards the resurgence of the EI, which has retreated in the Syrian desert after its territorial defeat in Syria in 2019 and Iraq, neighboring countries, in 2017.

" Unless the international community provides sufficient assistance, including economic a new control of the EI on this area is not excluded, "warned Mr. Omar.

triggered in March 2011 by the repression of proprietary events, the war in Syria became complex over the years with the involvement of regional and international powers and the rise of jihadists.

The conflict made about 500,000 dead, devastated the country's infrastructure and moved millions of people.

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