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Iraqi assassination ring arrested in al-Hol camp: SDF

  2021-06-21  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrest four Islamic State (ISIS) members involved in assassinations in al-Hol camp west of Hasakah, AANES, Syria. Photo by SDF
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – The Kurdish security forces on Monday (June 21) apprehended four Islamic State (ISIS) members who have killed three civilians in the sprawling al-Hodl camp west of Hasakah province.

The ISIS militants were Iraqi nationals who fled from Anbar to Syria in 2017 during the Iraqi then offensives, they said in a confession video released by the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The ISIS members confessed to have received instructions from Daesh leaders through mobile phones using “Turkish communications numbers,” according to the SDF, noting the “one of the most important means of holding accountable those who refuse to comply with the terrorist organization’s orders is to kill and slaughter, which happened with three civilians.”

“The instructions noted the need for the camp’s residents to adhere to receive instructions that incite terrorism and to hold accountable all those who do not comply with the instructions sent by leaders outside the cam,” the SDF said in a statement. 

Al-Hol houses over 60,000 wives, widows, children and other family members to ISIS militants. 

80 percent of them are women and children. The majority are Iraqis and Syrians, but it includes some 10,000 people from 57 other countries, housed in a highly secured separate area. Many of them are radicalized ISIS supporters.

Dozens of civilians including Iraqi nationals were killed in assassination sprees in the cam in recent months before the Kurdish security forces launched an operation to hunt down ISIS sleeper cells within the camp. 

The Kurdish officials have called on the foreign countries to repatriate their nationals stranded in the camp, but a few countries have answered, mostly repatriating children. 

(Zhyan English)