Published On: Mon, Oct 14th, 2019

ISIS affiliates escape Syria jail after Donald Trump withdraws US military | World | News

At least 750 individuals associated with ISIS – including women and children – escaped the Ain Issa camp in northeastern Syria following a series of violent riots in the wake of Turkey’s attack on the border. The assault from Ankara came immediately after President Trump withdrew US troops from Syria after the Republican said the extremist militant group has been successfully defeated – a decision condemned by Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Washington. They argued pulling out of Syria could lead to the resurgence of ISIS and embolden more US foes such as Iran and Russia, who are involved in the Syrian conflict, The Guardian reports.

Kurdish forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said an additional five ISIS militants escaped from another detention centre in Qamishli.

The US had been propping up Kurdish forces in the war-torn nation before President Trump removed them and announced ISIS had been completely killed off.

He said: “We’ve won. We’ve beat ISIS and we’ve beat them badly and decisively. We have no soldiers. The last thing I want to do is bring thousands and thousands of soldiers in and defeat everybody again. We’ve already done that.”

He had claimed for months that the terror cult had been defeated, a move strongly opposed by some of his key Republican allies.

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina – who usually defends the US President – was one. He told Fox News: “ISIS is not defeated. This is the biggest lie being told by this administration.”

Retired US Navy Admiral James Stavridis echoed Mr Graham’s remarks.

He said: “Pulling them out will absolutely allow the reforming of that mass of Islamic State fighters.”

Retired US Army General John said it was a “myth” ISIS were defeated. News of the breakouts come after former Defence Secretary James Mattis warned that ISIS will return.

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“It’s going to have an impact. The question is, how much?”

He also added said: ”I think Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the intelligence services, the foreign countries that are working with us have it about right that ISIS is not defeated.

“We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don’t recover.

“We may want a war over. We may even declare it over.

“You can pull your troops out, as President Obama learned the hard way, out of Iraq, but the ‘enemy gets the vote,’ we say in the military’.”

Turkish troops have moved into the region after Trump gave in to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the region last week.

Turkey’s military incursion into Syria to battle various Kurdish groups are raising alarms with the US amid concerns that Islamic State prisoners could escape amid the chaos unfolding.

Turkey accuses the Kurds of being terrorists and says it wants to force them away from a “safe zone” reaching some 30km into Syria.

It also plans to resettle more than three million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey, many of whom are not Kurds, inside the zone, which critics say could lead to ethnic cleansing of the local Kurdish population there.

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