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Heavy Fighting Continues for Third Day to Stop ISIS Prison Break Attempt in Syria

Heavy clashes have continued over the past three days, with more prison inmates escaping. SDF forces have moved into the area and called for more reinforcements.
Heavy fighting continues for third day to stop ISIS prison break attempt in Syria
This photo provided by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces shows the flag and bags of Islamic State group fighters who were arrested by the Syrian Democratic Forces after they attacked Gweiran prison, on January 21, 2022. KURDISH-LED SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES, VIA AP

CBS News

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." 

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