SDF Fight With ISIS Over NE Syria Prison Continues, Fate of Children Uncertain

Hasakeh fight is biggest since Caliphate's fall

Fighting continues to rage at the prison in Syria’s Hasakeh, as the Kurdish SDF reports 550 ISIS fighters recaptured and more forces being brought in amid a week-long battle.

It looks like the SDF will get things under control, but a big focus is the fates of hundreds of child detainees within, who are claimed to be used as human shields by ISIS.

The number of children reported involved grew for days and is now about 850. Their fate remains uncertain, and it seems they are still at serious risk.

This battle, with scores if not hundreds dead, is the biggest single fight against ISIS in Syria since the fall of the Caliphate in 2019. Even if the ISIS prison break ultimately fails, the scale of the operation shows ISIS is growing in strength.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.