US-backed Syrian forces raid camp of IS families, arrest 9


BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of Kurdish-led forces have begun a military assault at a large camp in northeast Syria with support from a U.S.-led coalition in an effort to track down and apprehend Islamic State extremists and stop the rising executions and violence there.
According to U.S. sources, the coalition is providing “indirect” information, surveillance, and reconnaissance support for the security sweep at the al-Hol camp, which will last for some time.
On Sunday, the Kurdish-led forces detained nine persons, including an Iraqi IS member who worked in recruitment, and claimed to have approximately 5,000 militants taking part in the operation.
About 62,000 people live in the al-Hol camp, including spouses and children of IS fighters, and according to American authorities, it has turned into a breeding ground for the organization’s future militants.
The Kurdish-led forces claim there have been 47 murders in the camp since the year 2021, but U.S. officials estimate there have been well over 60.
Military officials have long issued warnings about the camp’s escalating security issues. In remarks made in February to the Middle East Institute, Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. The “systematic indoctrination” of camp residents into IS ideology, according to Central Command, is a grave long-term threat.
The current military action is intended to stop IS activity in the camp and secure the security of the occupants, according to Col. Wayne Marotta, spokesman for the coalition supported by the United States.
He said that coalition forces “will be in a rear support position, but are/will be close enough to give operation advisement, help, and enablement.” He claimed coalition forces will support the operation “for early warning and situational awareness.”
Marotta added that in order to “keep security by identifying (those dwelling in the camp) associated to terrorist operations,” the Kurdish-led troops are employing biometric technology to register inhabitants in the camps.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Rojava Information Center, an activist group that monitors news in regions under the control of the Kurdish-led forces—the Syrian Defense Forces and regional Kurdish security forces known as Asayish—the majority of the most recent victims at al-Hol were shot in the back of the head at close range.
A policeman who was shot, an Iraqi guy who was decapitated, a local official who was shot, and at least five women are among those who have perished so far this year. Most of them died at night in their tents or shelters, according to RIC.
According to Syrian Kurdish officials who oversee the camp but claim they struggle to get it under control, the majority of the killings at the camp are thought to have been committed by IS militants frightening anyone who deviates from their radical stance and punishing perceived enemies.
The appeals for nations to repatriate their people who are incarcerated in the camp have increased due to the spike in violence. The coronavirus epidemic has caused a sharp slowdown in the repatriations, which were already few.
The next generation of ISIS will be indoctrinated as these kids become radicalized, McKenzie warned last month. “Unless the international community finds a way to repatriate, reintegrate into home communities, and support locally grown reconciliation programs, we will bear witness to the indoctrination of ISIS,” he added. ISIS won’t be completely vanquished if we don’t deal with this issue right away because the ideology will live on for a very long time.
McKenzie and other U.S. defense officials have complained about how slowly the refugees are being returned to their home nations.
In remarks to the U.S., McKenzie stated, “I find it alarming that we’re going so slowly because we could either deal with this problem now, or deal with it tenfold worse a few years down the road.” last summer at the Institute for Peace. The potential for widespread coronavirus infection in the camp also worries me strategically, even if there are many other negative things that could occur there as well.
The spouses, widows, children, and other family members of IS fighters—of whom hundreds are imprisoned—are housed in Al-Hol. Women and children make up more than 80% of the 62,000 camp residents. According to McKenzie, as of early this year, more than half of the population was under the age of 12, more than one-third was under the age of 12, and about two-thirds of people were under the age of 18.
Syrians and Iraqis make up the majority of the population, although there are also about 10,000 residents from 57 other nations.
Two years have passed since the U.S.-led coalition ended the Islamic State group’s self-declared caliphate, which had controlled a sizable portion of Iraq and Syria. After a protracted, bloody conflict that lasted years, Kurdish authorities who were supported by the United States now rule eastern and northeastern Syria, with only a small contingent of several hundred American troops still stationed there.
Remaining IS terrorists have since hidden in the Syrian-Iraqi border region, continuing an uprising. The organization relocated thousands of family members who had remained on the last patch of land they controlled to the camp or prisons.

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