Late on April 13, unidentified gunmen attacked a prison run by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the southern countryside of al-Hasakah.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the prison, which is located in Kubibah oil field near the town of al-Shaddadi, was targeted with machine guns and mortar shells. Two SDF fighters were injured in the attack. Two of the attackers were also killed.
“The attack coincided with the transfer of 40 prisoners of the terrorist organization [ISIS] from inside the prison, most of them of Iraqi and Tunisian nationalities, to the American base prison in Al-Shaddadi town,” local sources told the stat-run news agency.
A few hours before the attack, the SANA reported that US military helicopters transported 60 ISIS terrorists from SDF prisons in al-Hasakah to al-Omar oil fields in southeastern Deir Ezzor.
Previously, on March 31, US forces moved 40 ISIS terrorists from al-Houl prison in eastern al-Hasakah to their base in al-Shaddadi.
So far, the SDF and the US-led coalition have not commented on the reported attack on Kubibah prison. The coalition rarely acknowledges security events in northeastern Syria. The SANA claims that the coalition is moving terrorists to reinforce local SDF factions as well as to boost ISIS attacks against government forces.
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