Senators from both parties have been demanding answers from the Trump government about the number of ISIS detainees have escaped by Kurdish-run detention centres in Syria following the president removed the way for Turkish army actions in the area.
In a letter Tuesday to Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire,” Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Susan Collins of Maine, a Republican on the committee, stated they had”grave concern” which”numerous Islamic Condition detainees out of detention centers which were conducted by America’s Kurdish partners at the Syrian Defense ministry” had escaped.
The mostly Kurdish Syrian force, called the SDF, was holding over 10,000 caught ISIS fighters, such as 2,000″foreign fighters,”committed jihadists who traveled from Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere to combine ISIS, the senators noted.
“Many of those people are hardcore terrorists, together with the sorts of experience — bomb-making, propaganda and leadership — which had left ISIS such a danger to the United States and our allies.”
Following President Donald Trump cleared the way for Turkish army actions against the Kurds, Kurdish officials told NBC News that staffing the detention camps wouldn’t more be a leading priority.
Warner and Collins called a report in Defense One, a site which covers military things, that senior U.S. officials have”no actual idea” how many fighters may have escaped, and just how many more will achieve that.
“If the past is any indicator, it had been escaped al Qaeda from Iraq offenders that formed the heart of what became called ISIS, leading to the band’s eventual takeover of Mosul and a lot of northern Iraq,” Warner and Collins composed. “The following influx of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria raised the terrorist threat to the United States and Europe. If left unattended, the getaway of ISIS detainees in Syria can result in comparable counterterrorism setbacks.”
They requested Maguire to supply the Senate Intelligence Committee from Nov. 19 with”an evaluation of the affect the escape of ISIS detainees at SDF custody might have about the safety of United States and our allies, such as the detainees who’ve escaped and people residing in SDF custody