Heavy fighting continued on Saturday for a third day in a battle to stop ISIS’ biggest operation in Syria since its defeat in 2019: a prison break attempt in the city of Al-Hasakah.
More than 100 ISIS fighters attacked Gweiran prison late Thursday, trying to free nearly 3,500 ISIS detainees held by the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces — SDF — in northeastern Syria. According to an SDF official, the attack was well-coordinated between ISIS attackers and detainees inside the jail, which is also known as al-Sina’a prison.
The source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, described the attack as ISIS’ biggest activity since its “caliphate” fell three years ago.
In a video published by ISIS’ media mouthpiece Amaq, ISIS gunmen, appearing to number more than three dozen, are seen penetrating the prison walls. They also appear to be executing prison guards while chanting “Allahu Akbar.”