Turkey bombs Syrian prison holding Islamic State terrorists in attempt to help them escape
Turkey has shelled an ISIS prison in Syria in a ‘clear attempt’ to help fighters locked up inside escape, Kurdish forces have claimed.
Explosions overnight in the town of Qamishli, near the Iraqi border, damaged Chirkin prison where jihadi militants from some 60 countries are being kept, guards said.
‘These attacks on prisons holding Daesh (ISIS) terrorists will lead to a catastrophe the consequences of which the world may not be able to handle later on,’ the Kurds said.
Mustafa Bali, spokesman for Kurdish forces in northern Syria, added that Chirkin prison is where ‘the most dangerous jihadists’ are held.
Qamishli was among the first Kurdish strongholds to be hit by Turkish warplanes and artillery after Erdogan announced the start of Operation Peace Spring Wednesday.
Turkish troops swept into northern Syria not long after in an attempt to create a ‘peace corridor’ some 20 miles wide and 300 miles long along the border.
Turkey says this will allow for the return of some 2million Syrian refugees currently in the country, and possibly another 1million in Europe, if their armed forces are allowed to push further south.
Erdogan also plans to drive ‘terrorists’ away from Turkey’s border, by which he means Kurdish-led forces which allied with the US in the fight against ISIS.
However, critics have argued that this will further destabilise the region, lead to civilian deaths and could cause a resurgence in ISIS.
Of particular concern are prisons holding some 10,000 ISIS fighters, wives and children, including 2,500 foreigners.
Under the new plan, Turkey would become responsible for all of these prisoners, effectively placing the future of European security into Erdogan’s hands.
Faced with fierce international opposition to his plan, Erdogan wasted no time in threatening to release 3million Syrian refugees into Europe if leaders oppose him.
Source: Daily Mail