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Who Are the ISIS Fighters in Custody, and How Can They Be Repatriated? | Homeland Security Today
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Who Are the ISIS Fighters in Custody, and How Can They Be Repatriated? | Homeland Security Today

What to do with terrorist fighters held in SDF territory is certainly a pressing issue.  The SDF has been struggling with ill-equipped and overcrowded prisons and is facing threats of an invasion from Turkey. If SDF is attacked by Turkey, it leaves room for the prisons to be vulnerable and for terrorists to escape. Leaders in Syria say they are disappointed in the US response to stay out of the matter and are struggling to decide what they will prioritize.

Turkey claims that the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces are just as dangerous as the PKK terrorist group and are ready to enter Syria on a “cleansing” mission. However, foreign terrorist fighters are being held in SDF and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi along with supporters have been calling for attacks to release them. It is expected that Turkey will take over the whole of Northern Syria, including the camps and prisons. SDF will do its best to defend itself and maintain the captives, but feel the US is effectively abandoning its ally by not taking action.

Source: https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/terrorism-study/who-are-the-isis-fighters-in-custody-and-how-can-they-be-repatriated/

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