400 ISIS Fighters Missing After Attack On Syria’s Largest Prison

Nearly 400 ISIS fighters are currently missing after an attack on the largest prison in Syria. 

On January 20, 2022, an explosion that was caused by a car bomb marked the beginning of a six-day attack by ISIS forces on al-Sina prison in Al-Hasakah, Syria. 

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A total of 374 ISIS fighters were killed during the attack and around 77 prison staff, 40 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, and 4 civilians were killed.

But the thing is, it does not stop there.

Around 400 ISIS fighters are currently missing from the prison since the attacks were carried out and right now it is considered to be one of the largest prison breaks in the country since the caliphate was defeated in 2019. 

According to reports, a mixture of Jihadist gunmen and suicide bombers took part in the attack to free the members of the Islamist Group.

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The Kurdish-led forces said that around 400 fighters are still unaccounted for. 

The SDF said that the jail held around 3,500 prisoners and around 800 young boys that are known as the Cubs of the Caliphate. 

According to the SDF, guards were taken as hostages and others were killed with weapons, which were driven into the prison through cars. 

A press release by the SDF says that the escape plan included the use of tunnels, which were dug to and from surrounding buildings.

The statement added:

‘The Daesh terrorist attack was undoubtedly not a normal attack, and it was part of a long-planned extensive scheme.’

The SDF said that they believe that ISIS’s plan was to capture civil and military institutions after taking control of the prison and its neighborhood.  

The thing is, nearly 10,000 SDF fighters and special forces from the United States of America and the UK were deployed to fight the Jihadists. 

After 6 days of constant battling, the operation was placed on halt after they managed to clear the area of any members of the terrorist organization. 

The SDF reassured that all the ISIS prisoners that remained in jail have been relocated to a location that has been labeled as more safe and more secure. 

Ned Price, the US State Department spokesperson, released a statement about the incident and applauded the SDF.

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They said that the SDF carried out an heroic and effective response to the sustained ISIS attack.

Right now, it is believed that around 12,000 ISIS suspects are held in Kurdish-run prisons.

US officials are now working with the government of Syria to improve “ the secure and humane detention of ISIS fighters, support rehabilitation initiatives, and urgently repatriate their nationals and other detainees remaining in northeast Syria.”

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