More than 40 Islamic State terrorists from the prisons of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were relocated to the US troops’ base in the city of Ash Shaddadi, in the northeastern province of Al-Hasakah, Syrian news agency SANA reports.
Although the transfer of the prisoners, among which allegedly are on IS spy commander and an explosive-making expert, is unknown though Syrian sources speculate that the militants will be used for US purposes in the region.
There were frequent reports before that US forces are transferring militants to Al-Tanf military base in Homs Governorate, on the Syrian-Jordanian border, with Syrian media accusing that it serves as a sanctuary for the terrorists in the region, where they are supplied with weapons.
These speculations only add to the flaming situation created by Damascus’ repeated accusations that the presence of the US troops in the country violates international law as well as Syria’s sovereignty since the US was never invited to the Arab Republic.
Syrian authorities also blamed US forces for plundering Syria’s natural resources after former US President Trump decided in 2018 for US troops to remain in northeast Syria to secure the oil.
Back in December, on the other hand, Jim Jeffrey, the former US special envoy for Syria, acknowledged that the real of the US mission in Syria was to prevent Assad from restoring control over the country.