25 Killed as Syrian Kurds, US Airstrikes Foil ISIS Prison Break

18 Kurds among the slain

In a major attack in northeast Syria, over 100 ISIS fighters tried to stage a major prison break in Hasakeh, clashing with Kurdish forces. The US provided the Kurds air support.

Fighting centered on the prison, but overnight it rapidly spread into surrounding neighborhoods. The Kurds reported that ultimately they surrounded the prison, and foiled the escape.

The prison is question holds 3,500 ISIS detainees, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 25 were killed in the fighting, including 18 Kurds, 6 ISIS, and one civilian bystander. The Kurds did not confirm the toll, but said they had lost some fighters.

Kurdish officials report their security forces are still carrying out operations, and ISIS fighters are shooting at people from nearby houses.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.