Syrian-Kurdish Forces Retake Part of Prison Held by ISIS

BAGHDAD — U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces said they regained control Monday of part of a prison in northeast Syria that Islamic State fighters had held since an attack on Friday but that hundreds of boys were still being held as hostages

The prison houses approximately 3,000 suspected ISIS fighters in addition to almost 700 boys, who are being used by ISIS as human shields.

An official with the paramilitary forces said that ISIS was threatening to kill the boys if the United States and the Kurdish-led force continued the assault on the prison.

Hundreds of Islamic State fighters attacked the makeshift prison on Friday in an effort to free their detained comrades in one of the boldest attacks by the group in the region since the fall of its so-called caliphate three years ago.


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