US-backed Kurdish YPG forces in Syria say that following the battle for Raqqa, they are holding a number of “senior” foreign ISIS leaders, including several “emirs from all around the world.”
Officials say that they captured many of them in special operations, but that some of the emirs simply turned themselves in during the fall of the city. Raqqa had been ISIS capital city in recent years.
With the US refusing to take prisoners by and large in the ISIS war, many ISIS have chosen to surrender to Kurdish fighters. That leaves the future fate of these ISIS leaders very much uncertain, as it’s not clear what plans the Kurds have made to handle POWs.
Kurdish officials say they have special prisons just for ISIS, and are interrogating them. Officials talked of eventually bringing them into a court, but this is going to require the establishment of courts to handle such cases.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Trump Lowers Expectations for Russia Summit - July 15th, 2018
- Afghan Civilian Deaths Hit Record High, Says UN - July 15th, 2018
- Trump Declares EU a 'Foe,' Alongside Russia and China - July 15th, 2018
- Iran Says Will Leave Iraq, Syria Only If Those Countries Want Them To - July 13th, 2018
- Afghan Forces Kill Over 100 Taliban in Southeast Offensive - July 13th, 2018