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U.S. Backed Kurdish Forces Arrest 300 ISIS Fighters in Three-Week Operation

CENTCOM chief Gen. Erik Kurilla consults with officials running the al-Hol camp. (CENTCOM)
CENTCOM chief Gen. Erik Kurilla consults with officials running the al-Hol camp. (CENTCOM)

Kurdish forces in Syria cleared out 300 ISIS fighters from the al-Hol refugee camp as part of an ongoing operation to eliminate the terrorist group’s presence and influence in the region. 

“ISIS preys on the weak and disenfranchised and is trying to exploit the conditions in the camp to help regenerate its forces,” said General Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). “The situation in al-Hol is an international crisis that requires an international solution, and the only permanent solution is the repatriation, rehabilitation, and reintegration of camp residents.”

The 24-day operation concluded with a clear-out, which also resulted in the rescue of six women whom ISIS fighters had chained and tortured – one of the women had remained in their custody since 2014 at the age of nine. 

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carried out the operation with support from CENTCOM by sharing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. 

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