US associate forces repel ISIS assault in Syria, Central Command says

U.S.-partnered Syrian Democratic Forces repelled a suicide bomb assault by Islamic State militants in Northeastern Syria early Tuesday, in line with an announcement from U.S. Central Command.

At roughly 12:25 a.m., seven ISIS fighters in two automobiles had been intercepted by Syrian Democratic Forces headed within the course of the Internally Displaced Particular person Camp at al-Hol, the assertion mentioned. One automotive exploded prematurely exterior of Um Fakik village, roughly 12 miles from the camp. The opposite car was surrounded by Syrian Democratic Forces, the place one ISIS fighter detonated his vest and one other was shot by SDF personnel.

“By taking instant motion, and displaying disregard for their very own security, the Syrian Democratic Forces demonstrated their professionalism and dedication to creating and sustaining a secure and affluent area for the individuals who make it their house,” mentioned CENTCOM spokesman Col. Joe Buccino. “The response of our partnered forces highlights not solely dedication to their individuals, but additionally their tenacity and dedication to the enduring defeat of ISIS.”

No SDF had been wounded, in line with CENTCOM. One ISIS fighter was taken prisoner — and 4 others had been killed — within the alternate.

The intercepted assault comes after a 24-day operation by SDF models to take out ISIS networks within the 60,000-person camp at al-Hol concluded on Sunday.

Aided by CENTCOM with reconnaissance and intelligence, SDF arrested roughly 300 ISIS operatives and secured 25 kilograms of explosives, in line with CENTCOM.

Accomplice forces additionally secured the discharge of six girls, who had been kidnapped and tortured by ISIS leaders for years, in line with CENTCOM.

“ISIS preys on the weak and disenfranchised and is making an attempt to take advantage of the circumstances within the camp to assist regenerate its forces,” Gen. Michael Kurilla, commander of CENTCOM, mentioned in an announcement. “The scenario in al-Hol is a world disaster that requires a world resolution, and the one everlasting resolution is the repatriation, rehabilitation, and reintegration of camp residents.”

Zamone “Z” Perez is an editorial fellow at Protection News and Navy Instances. He beforehand labored at Overseas Coverage and Ufahamu Africa, the place he helped produce podcasts. He’s a graduate of Northwestern College, the place he researched humanitarian intervention and atrocity prevention in his thesis.

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