VT Damascus: Today, 40 top leaders and over 1000 fighters, held in prison in Hasakah, Syria, jointly by Kurdish and Syrian Defense Forces, were released to an American column that approached Ghweran Prison this morning.
Only last week, American planes joined in an air attack on the Syrian Arab Army who was fighting ISIS units south of the city of Palmyra. 53 Syria soldiers were killed in that attack which allowed the withdrawal of an ISIS column to the safety of US held oil facilities east of the Euphrates River where they could rejoin their Saudi and Israeli advisors.
The ISIS leaders released today are to be deployed against Syria to fight in support of Israeli, Saudi and American forces inside Syria who provide air cover, artillery and logistics support for al Qaeda and ISIS and who sell stolen Syrian oil to Turkey for pennies on the dollar.
The US then flew the ISIS commanders to al Tanf, a US safe haven, insider Syria just north of the Jordanian border, according to sources, on direct order from President Trump.
The 40 ISIS leaders and well over 1000 jihadists were pardoned by Trump.
The American commander, a Special Forces E7, carried a release order from President Trump pardoning top ISIS commanders and ordering their removal to a safe haven in Southern Syria. With American Blackhawk helicopters and F16s flying above, the reluctant commanders turned all ISIS prisoners, each a named terror leader, over to the Americans.
From there, they were driven to a nearby American base. From Voice of America, the news service of the US State Department:
WASHINGTON – The United States military has begun building a new base in northeast Syria, according to local reports.
The new U.S. military base reportedly is located in the city of Hasakah, one of the largest cities in Syria’s northeast.
A local reporter told VOA that the U.S. maintains another base outside the city, “but this is the first time that U.S. forces have begun building a base in the city center.”
“The U.S. flag is now raised over a building,” said journalist Jindar Berekat, who lives in Hasakah, adding that “it is not clear how many American soldiers will be stationed at this location, but their armored military vehicles are here and it looks like they are still constructing parts of it.”
The base was previously occupied by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a local military alliance that has been a major U.S. partner in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
It is located near a major prison that holds hundreds of IS fighters. The SDF says it currently holds about 2,000 IS foreign fighters and 12,000 IS-affiliated women and children.
Hasakah is largely controlled by Syrian Kurdish fighters, but Syrian government and Russian forces have a significant military presence in the city as well.
This is but one of several new US bases inside Syria directing attacks on government forces of Iraq and Syria.
Nahed is VT Damascus Bureau Chief. She is a member of the American Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (USA) and serves as Assistant Director of the Arab-American and Muslim Congress (Detroit, USA). She has a Diploma in English Literature from Damascus University (1987).
She’s also been a reporter for Turkish newspaper Aydinlik, Special Coordinator for Arab-Armenian International Law Assembly, Correspondent for Qatari News Agency, Al Ayam news Paper in Bahrain, Al Liwaa in Lebanon, Correspondent for Petra News Agency in Jordan, correspondent for the Associated Press in USA, and worked as a freelance journalist for CBS, ABS and CNN in Syria. She is fluent in both English and Arabic.