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US-backed Syrian forces free girls in 3-week raid of IS camp

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters stated Saturday they’ve concluded a 24-day sweep at a sprawling camp in northeast Syria housing tens of hundreds of ladies and youngsters linked to the Islamic State group.

Dozens of extremists have been detained and weapons have been confiscated within the operation at al-Hol camp, which started on Aug. 25, the U.S.-backed forces stated. The U.S.-backed drive stated two of its fighters have been killed in clashes with extremists contained in the camp through the operation.

IS sleeper cells getting ready a brand new technology of militants — girls and boys being fed extremist ideology to finally attempt to arrange a second so-called Islamic State caliphate — have been additionally uncovered, the assertion by the Inner Safety Forces stated. It added that the operation was assisted by the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in addition to members of the U.S.-led coalition.

The operation at al-Hol within the northeastern province of Hassakeh additionally led to the discharge of two Yazidi women taken from Iraq as intercourse slaves years in the past and 4 non-Yazidi girls, who had been chained and subjected to torture.

“The operation was launched following the growing crimes of killing and torture dedicated by ISIS cells in opposition to the camp residents,” stated the assertion from the U.S.-backed forces, utilizing one other acronym for the Islamic State group. It added that because the starting of the 12 months, the extremists have killed 44 camp residents and humanitarian employees.

The assertion additionally stated that 226 individuals, together with 36 girls, have been detained in al-Hol — broadly seen as a breeding floor for the IS.

Some 50,000 Syrians and Iraqis are crowded into tents within the fenced-in camp. Almost 20,000 of them are youngsters; a lot of the relaxation are girls, wives and widows of IS fighters.

In a separate, closely guarded part of the camp often called the annex are an extra 2,000 girls from 57 different international locations — they’re thought of essentially the most die-hard IS supporters — together with their youngsters, numbering about 8,000.

“ISIS has depended primarily on girls and youngsters, as actual sources associated on to the ISIS leaders, to take care of the ISIS extremist ideology and unfold it within the camp,” the assertion stated.

The camp was initially used to accommodate the households of IS fighters in late 2018 as U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces recaptured territory in jap Syria from the militants. In March 2019, they seized the final IS-held villages, ending the “caliphate” that the group had declared over giant elements of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The US and different nations have struggled to repatriate the households, however have had solely very restricted success.

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