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Tango0120 Dec 2018 3:30 p.m. PST

….. Prisoners.

"BEIRUT, Lebanon America's Kurdish allies in Syria are discussing the release of 3,200 Islamic State prisoners, a prominent monitoring group and a Western official of the anti-Islamic State coalition said on Thursday, a day after President Trump ordered the withdrawal of all American troops from the country.

Top officials of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurdish-led and American-supported militia fighting the Islamic State in eastern Syria, met on Wednesday to discuss the option of releasing about 1,100 Islamic State fighters and 2,080 relatives of the group's members, according to Rami Abdul Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory on Human Rights.

Mostapha Bali, the spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, or S.D.F., denied that there had been any discussion of releasing prisoners from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. "Any news coming from such sources is not reliable and is not coming from us," he said…."
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shirleys painting Inactive Member20 Dec 2018 3:51 p.m. PST

A bullet in the back of the head is what they need…

CFeicht Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2018 4:01 p.m. PST

Germany will take them in.

28mm Fanatik20 Dec 2018 4:37 p.m. PST

Let the Syrians and their Russian and Iranian allies handle ISIS. We paid enough of a toll in blood, sweat and treasure in this hell-hole and it's time to get out.

Ousting Assad is not realistic given our past failures at regime change in the region with Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. You can't force democracies with certain cultures and traditions.

The Kurds will be just fine. They haven't survived for so long without being a self-reliant, hardy, resourceful and resilient people.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2018 7:17 p.m. PST

LOL sure, guys, that'll show us.

28mm Fanatik20 Dec 2018 11:04 p.m. PST

You can't leave yet, come back! There are still at least 3,200 more ISIS fighters in Syria.

USAFpilot21 Dec 2018 7:22 a.m. PST

Begs the question, why did they take ISIS prisoners in the first place? If the roles were reversed, ISIS would have executed any captured Kurds, and probably by decapitation.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2018 9:10 a.m. PST

Probably took prisoners while Western personnel were present. Much like Northern Alliance folks taking Taliban/AQ prisoners in October 2001. Once they got loaded up on trucks and driven out of camera range however….

coopman21 Dec 2018 2:40 p.m. PST

Are the Kurds' guillotines out of order?
Hopefully if they do release them, they will let us know in advance so that we can have a deadly rain of bombs from the skies above waiting to help them celebrate their release.

soledad22 Dec 2018 2:44 a.m. PST


The kurds probably hold themselves to a higher standard than the ISIS and therefore do not execute captured people. One can argue that this is right or wrong but that is what separates civilized people from savages.

Basically all kurds I have met are excellent fighters with a strong sense of right or wrong. They keep their humanity and moral compass and behave like professional soldiers. Therefore they take prisoners and dont murder people.

Lion in the Stars22 Dec 2018 9:09 a.m. PST

Soledad, I'm just surprised there were any DAESH that survived the battle before being captured.

Yes, I know that sometimes you want to capture people, usually for information-gathering purposes. That's not easy when the opponents are convinced that dying gets them into heaven.

But this is … a rather surprisingly high number of prisoners, isn't this close to 1/10 of the (believed) DAESH fighters?

soledad22 Dec 2018 11:26 a.m. PST

Not all ISIS soldiers are hard core. A surprising number have been forced into service along the "fight for us or we shoot you" line. These are fairly quick to surrender. Some hard core are not so hard core when the going gets tough. These can be "bureaucrats" so to say who are more like administrators than fighters. These can be true scumbags anyway. The kind of people who run prisons, punish those who dont follow their twisted laws and so on. But when it comes to combat they are cowards, they are omly tough against unarmed bound people so to speak. Truly despicible characters.

Tango0122 Dec 2018 12:32 p.m. PST

Totally agree!.


goragrad22 Dec 2018 11:23 p.m. PST

There are also those naifs from foreign countries in ISIS who joined without any real idea of what ISIS really was and what war was like.

Once they joined they learned that there was no exit plan. Given a chance they also surrender.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 10:38 p.m. PST

I was under the impression ISIS members would never surrender, from the ISIS leadership.

Appears their absolute control over their troops is slipping.

Still, I agree they should hold them to their word, and speed them along to their meeting of the virgins waiting for them.

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