Kurds Say ISIS is Launching New Attacks as Turkish Invasion of Syria Continues

This photo by Hawar news, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria (ANHA), shows flames rising from burned cars at the site of an explosion in the central Qamishli city in northeastern Syria, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Activists and Syrian Kurdish officials are reporting a large explosion outside a popular fast food restaurant. It was not clear what caused the explosion on Friday which occurred amid intensive shelling by the Turkish military in the city and other areas. (ANHA via AP)

The Kurdish news service Rudaw reported on Tuesday that elements of the Islamic State (ISIS) are taking advantage of Turkey’s invasion of Syria to increase the tempo of their own attacks on positions held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Rudaw wrote that ISIS is hitting the SDF from the south while the Turkish army and its Syrian proxies hammer them from the north:

With the SDF distracted by the Turkish invasion, emboldened ISIS sleeper cells have upped their attacks on the force, most recently near the al-Hol camp where tens of thousands of ISIS families and supporters are being held. As detainees staged riots inside the camp, militants targeted a vehicle belonging to the SDF in the vicinity of the camp on Sunday, killing and injuring a number of fighters.

The ISIS propaganda channel Nashirnews via messaging app Telegram said on Monday that the “soldiers of the caliphate” targeted a vehicle of the “apostate,” referring to SDF forces, with an improvised explosive device (IED) near the grain silo in al-Hol town killing and injuring those inside the vehicle.

The SDF called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility by repatriating over 2,000 foreign fighters currently detained in northern Syria, but has received no answer. Dozens of children born to ISIS families have been taken back, but European countries appear to be unprepared to take responsibility for their adults.

According to the report, ISIS is also “conducting a sophisticated campaign of intimidation and assassination of individuals like heads of villages who are the eyes and ears of the SDF in Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa provinces.” The Kurdish media reported an Islamic State media statement claiming responsibility for one such political assassination in Deir ez-Zor.

Rudaw cited a Monday article in Foreign Policy that quoted two anonymous U.S. officials who said Turkey’s Syrian allies are “deliberately releasing detainees affiliated with the Islamic State from unguarded prisons.”

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SOURCE: Breitbart, John Hayward