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Coalition calls for ‘long-term solution’ after ISIS prison-break attempt in Hasaka

PM:05:41:27/01/2022

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SULAIMANI — The US-led Coalition on Wednesday (January 26) called for an investigation into the massive Islamic State (ISIS) prison-break attempt in Hasaka, stating the problem went beyond the northeast Syrian city.

"This is a global problem that requires many nations to come together to develop an enduring long-term solution,” Maj. Gen. John W. Brennan, the Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a statement.

The coalition’s statement referred to the "makeshift prisons throughout Syria” as a "breeding ground” for ISIS and announced its support to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The SDF announced late on Wednesday afternoon they had re-established complete control of al-Sinaa prison, which houses thousands of ISIS inmates in Hasaka, after days of intense clashes in the city following the break-out attempt.

Clashes in the vicinity of al-Sinaa, in Hasaka’s neighborhood of Ghweiran, began last week when three explosions struck near the detention facility, housed in a converted technical school.

The US conducted air strikes over the past four days with Apache helicopters in support of the SDF and Internal Security Forces’ (ISF) battle to quell the prison break.

The Pentagon confirmed on Monday US ground forces were providing "limited ground support.”

The fight to prevent a mass break-out from the prison is the largest US engagement with ISIS since the defeat of the so-called caliphate in 2019.

(NRT Digital Media)