Turkey shells ISIS prison in northeast Syria – Kurdish-led authorities

Syrian-Kurdish authorities targeted in a military operation launched by Ankara this week accused Turkish forces of bombing a prison holding Islamic State (ISIS) prisoners of more than 60 nationalities, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Kurdish-led authorities said Turkish forces shelled the Chirkin prison in the border city of Qamishli, calling this a clear attempt to help ISIS fighters to escape, Reuters said. Turkey did not comment on the report.

“These attacks on prisons holding Daesh (ISIS) terrorists will lead to a catastrophe the consequences of which the world may not be able to handle later on,” Reuters quoted a statement from the Kurdish-led authorities as saying.

Turkey views the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its affiliates, which control large parts of northern Syria, as terrorists due to their links to outlawed Kurdish militant groups in Turkey.

But the SDF has played a key role in the U.S.-backed international coalition against ISIS and is holding thousands of ISIS detainees in prisons in northern Syria.

On Wednesday the United States, which withdrew troops from the Syrian-Turkish border in advance of the Turkish operation, began moving high-value ISIS prisoners from the Kurdish-controlled prisons.