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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have arrested dozens of ISIS terrorist hiding within the al-Hol refugee camp, the Pentagon introduced Wednesday.
The SDF made the arrests in a sequence of operations all through the camp, dissolving a community of terrorists working there and elsewhere in Syria. ISIS terrorists have attacked American and allied targets in latest weeks.
“This operation will make the camp safer for these residents who stay or want to return to their international locations of origin, however are unable to take action,” CENTCOM communications director Colonel Joe Buccino stated in a press release.
“The SDF will proceed its efforts to get rid of the ISIS risk, however it stays essential that the worldwide group assist this effort via repatriation,” he added.
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The arrests come weeks after drones flew explosives right into a U.S. base in southern Syria in August.
American and allied forces on the al-Tanf compound suffered no accidents or harm from the assault, nevertheless. Troops stationed on the base shot down one of many drones earlier than it might enter the compound. One other one flew inside a constructing and detonated however triggered no accidents.
The U.S. garrison at al-Tanf conducts frequent patrols alongside coalition forces towards Islamic State militants.
The U.S. later carried out retaliatory air strikes towards extremist targets in response to the assault.
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“In the present day’s strikes have been crucial to guard and defend U.S. personnel. The US took proportionate, deliberate motion meant to restrict the danger of escalation and decrease the danger of casualties,” Buccino stated in a press release on the time.