ISIS operatives involved in plans to attack detention centers captured
Several Islamic State (ISIS) affiliates involved in planning attacks on detention facilities holding ISIS fighters and on the Al Hol camp in Northern Syria were captured in recent joint operations, US Central Command (CENTCOM) and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said in separate statements.
CENTCOM said on Friday:
"Since partnered operations to defeat ISIS between the US and SDF resumed on December 8, we have conducted 6 partnered operations, resulting in the detention of 5 ISIS operatives involved in planning attacks on detention facilities holding ISIS fighters and on the al-Hol camp."
SDF, the armed force of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), said that taking advantage of the escalating Turkish military aggression in the region ISIS cells were involved in attempts to attack areas including Deir Ezzor, al-Hol, and Tal Hamis, and three ISIS members, including an "ISIS emir" were arrested in operations conducted by SDF's Counter-Terrorism Units (YAT) and the International Coalition forces.
The three ISIS members were involved in supplying the ISIS cells with weapons and ammunition in an attempt to target the detention facilities holding ISIS fighters and the al-Hol camp, SDF added.
In another statement, SDF said that a man involved in smuggling ISIS fighters' families from the al-Hol camp and in supplying ISIS with weapons was arrested in an operation conducted in the eastern countryside of al-Hasakah.