According to Syrian Kurds, hundreds of supporters of the Islamic State terrorist militia have fled a camp in northeastern Syria. Foreign sympathizers stormed the gate of Camp Ain Issa, the local Kurdish authorities said. According to reports, about 100 jihadists have fled with their families, a total of about 700 to 800 IS people.
The camp in the Syrian border with Turkey has approximately 12,000 people, including 1,000 foreign women with links to the IS and their children.
The camp was guarded by Syrian Kurds, allied with the US in the fight against ISIS. Since the United States refused their support and withdraws, since Wednesday, the Turkish army moves into the Syrian territory and fights the Kurdish units.
Worrying about a growing IS
Ain Issa is now almost unguarded. A leader of the Kurdish-led rebel group SDF, against which the Turkish offensive is directed, said there simply were not enough security guards after fighters had been sent to the front. Other security forces had run away after being bombarded by the Turkish military.
In Ain Issa, which is located near the equally contested city of Tel Abyad in northern Syria, there are only 60 to 70 security forces, compared to normally around 700.
Shortly after the start of the Turkish offensive, Kurdish forces warned that they might no longer be able to control detention centers with IS people. This in turn raises concerns that the Turkish offensive will cause IS to regain strength.
Kurdish prisons in northern Syria have about 12,000 IS fighters imprisoned, mostly women and children, including up to 3,000 from abroad. Many of them had been captured in March in the conquest of the last IS bastion Baghus in eastern Syria.