Attack on Kurdish Prison in Syria Shows ISIS Is Still Alive and Kicking

ISIS is good at spotting weakness, as it has done in Iraq. Plus the Kurdish loyalties spread among Russia, Syria, Iran and the United States make it hard to predict a Kurdish reconciliation or a diplomatic solution in Syria

Zvi Bar'el
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After Islamic State militiamen broke into a prison in the northern Syrian town of Hassakeh and freed hundreds of prisoners, it was almost a week before the Kurdish troops who control the province announced Wednesday that they had regained control of the jail, halted the riots and restored order.

According to a Syrian war monitor, 332 people, including 79 members of Kurdish forces, 246 Islamic State fighters and seven civilians, were killed in the raid that’s considered the Islamic State’s biggest operation in Syria since 2019. After two booby-trapped cars exploded near the al-Sinaa prison, dozens of militiamen from outside the jail broke in, shot the Kurdish guards and freed prisoners.

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