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Men suspected of being connected to ISIS gather in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on October 26. An AFP team received rare access to one of the overcrowded detention facilities where Kurdish troops detain Muslim group suspects

Behind the steel door the cell is as full as their eyes are empty – ragged, skinny prisoners in orange jumpsuits that cover every inch of floor space.

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An AFP team received rare access to one of the busy detention facilities in northeastern Syria, where Kurdish troops detain suspects from the Islamic State Group (IS).

Just as a Turkish offensive launched against Kurdish troops earlier this month caused chaos in the area, how solid such doors will be is a matter that keeps the world on its toes.

Men suspected of being connected to ISIS gather in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on October 26. An AFP team received rare access to one of the overcrowded detention facilities where Kurdish troops detain Muslim group suspects

Men suspected of being connected to ISIS gather in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on October 26. An AFP team received rare access to one of the overcrowded detention facilities where Kurdish troops detain Muslim group suspects

Kurdish sources say that around 12,000 ISIS hunters, including Syrians, Iraqis and foreigners from 54 countries, are being held in Kurdish-run prisons in northern Syria

Kurdish sources say that around 12,000 ISIS hunters, including Syrians, Iraqis and foreigners from 54 countries, are being held in Kurdish-run prisons in northern Syria

Kurdish sources say that around 12,000 ISIS hunters, including Syrians, Iraqis and foreigners from 54 countries, are being held in Kurdish-run prisons in northern Syria

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) guards a prison where men suspected of being affiliated to the Islamic State group are imprisoned
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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) guards a prison where men suspected of being affiliated to the Islamic State group are imprisoned

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) guards a prison where men suspected of being affiliated to the Islamic State group are imprisoned

Men suspected of being connected to the Islamic State gather in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on October 26

Men suspected of being connected to the Islamic State gather in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on October 26

Men suspected of being connected to the Islamic State gather in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on October 26

Suspicious branches of ISIS gather on Tuesday in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh. The men crammed into poorly fortified prisons such as this one in Hasakeh come from dozens of countries they don't want for free - but they don't want to return

Suspicious branches of ISIS gather on Tuesday in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh. The men crammed into poorly fortified prisons such as this one in Hasakeh come from dozens of countries they don't want for free - but they don't want to return

Suspicious branches of ISIS gather on Tuesday in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh. The men crammed into poorly fortified prisons such as this one in Hasakeh come from dozens of countries they don't want for free – but they don't want to return

The men crammed into poorly fortified prisons such as this one in Hasakeh come from dozens of countries that they do not want free – but also do not want to return.

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With 5,000 prisoners – Syrian, Iraqi, but also British, French, German – the prison is bursting with the flotsam of the international jihadist army IS that was raised five years ago.

The group is accused of committing widespread atrocities in the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, including mass executions, rape, slavery and torture, many of which were filmed for propaganda.

& # 39; I want to leave jail and go back home to my family & # 39 ;, says Aseel Mathan, 22.

The lanky young man left his native Wales at the age of 17 to attend his brother in Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where the IS caliphate was born.

When his brother was murdered, he crossed the Syrian border to Raqa, the other main hub of the now-defunct jihadist prototostate.

With 5,000 prisoners - Syrian, Iraqi, but also British, French, German - the prison is bursting with the flotsam of the international jihadist army that was raised five years ago
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With 5,000 prisoners - Syrian, Iraqi, but also British, French, German - the prison is bursting with the flotsam of the international jihadist army that was raised five years ago

With 5,000 prisoners – Syrian, Iraqi, but also British, French, German – the prison is bursting with the flotsam of the international jihadist army that was raised five years ago

A member of the SDF keeps watch. The prisoners did not hear that US President Donald Trump announced the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Sunday in an American raid in northwestern Syria

A member of the SDF keeps watch. The prisoners did not hear that US President Donald Trump announced the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Sunday in an American raid in northwestern Syria

A member of the SDF keeps watch. The prisoners did not hear that US President Donald Trump announced the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Sunday in an American raid in northwestern Syria

A member of the SDF keeps watch. Some of the prisoners are teenagers, and none of them have even been under the sun once a month or longer

A member of the SDF keeps watch. Some of the prisoners are teenagers, and none of them have even been under the sun once a month or longer

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A member of the SDF keeps watch. Some of the prisoners are teenagers, and none of them have even been under the sun once a month or longer

& # 39; I want to go back to Britain, & # 39; said Mathan, adding that he wished he had not responded to the call for weapons issued by Baghdadi in 2014, which, according to the US, was killed hours after the young Welshman spoke to AFP.

A nine-year-old boy from Central Asia, named Khaled, sticks his head out of the hatch to see who the visitor can be and smiles at the guard who asks him to calm his noisy cell mates.

Almost a third of the prison population is sick and needs treatment for various wounds and conditions such as hepatitis and AIDS.

Only about 300 of them can spend the night in the medical department, including Aballah Nooman, a 24-year-old Belgian who is lifting his T-shirt to show an open wound.

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& # 39; My organs are spilling out of it & # 39 ;, he explains, explaining that he was wounded by a fellow jihadist who accidentally shot him while cleaning his weapon.

Many of the prisoners there are all skin and bones. The happiest have a bed to lie on, but most just sit directly on the floor, making amputation stumps and connected wounds visible

Many of the prisoners there are all skin and bones. The happiest have a bed to lie on, but most just sit directly on the floor, making amputation stumps and connected wounds visible

Many of the prisoners there are all skin and bones. The happiest have a bed to lie on, but most just sit directly on the floor, making amputation stumps and connected wounds visible

& # 39; They have absolutely no contact with the outside world & # 39 ;, says the prison governor, who gave his name as Serhat and asked to remember the exact location of the facility

& # 39; They have absolutely no contact with the outside world & # 39 ;, says the prison governor, who gave his name as Serhat and asked to remember the exact location of the facility

& # 39; They have absolutely no contact with the outside world & # 39 ;, says the prison governor, who gave his name as Serhat and asked to remember the exact location of the facility

The prison clinic is just as busy as the other cells. A graying man with armpit crutches effortlessly makes his way through the spooky crowd

The prison clinic is just as busy as the other cells. A graying man with armpit crutches effortlessly makes his way through the spooky crowd

The prison clinic is just as busy as the other cells. A graying man with armpit crutches effortlessly makes his way through the spooky crowd

Some of the prisoners are teenagers, and none of them have even been under the sun once a month or longer.

Their gray foam mattresses overlap to cover the cold floor, with just one corner of the cell occupied by a simple, half-walled putlatrine.

The smell is overwhelming in the nearby medical department, where visitors are given surgical masks.

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They have virtually no knowledge of what is happening outside, their days only measured by the scattered twist of beads and the five daily Muslim prayers.

The prisoners have not heard that US President Donald Trump announced the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Sunday in an American raid in northwestern Syria.

& # 39; They have absolutely no contact with the outside world & # 39 ;, says the prison governor, who gave his name as Serhat and asked to remember the exact location of the facility.

The condition of the wounded speaks of the intensity of the fighting that led to the final territorial defeat of IS by Kurdish-led hunters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in March

The condition of the wounded speaks of the intensity of the fighting that led to the final territorial defeat of IS by Kurdish-led hunters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in March

The condition of the wounded speaks of the intensity of the fighting that led to the final territorial defeat of IS by Kurdish-led hunters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in March

Most of the men crammed into this detention center in Hasakeh province and at least six others in Kurdish inhabited areas are the ones who were limping only a few months ago to surrender, starving and mutilated
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Most of the men crammed into this detention center in Hasakeh province and at least six others in Kurdish inhabited areas are the ones who were limping only a few months ago to surrender, starving and mutilated

Most of the men crammed into this detention center in Hasakeh province and at least six others in Kurdish inhabited areas are the ones who were limping only a few months ago to surrender, starving and mutilated

A prisoner gestures to the camera. The Kurdish authorities say that more than 50 nationalities are represented in prisons run by Kurdish where now more than 12,000 IS suspects are being held

A prisoner gestures to the camera. The Kurdish authorities say that more than 50 nationalities are represented in prisons run by Kurdish where now more than 12,000 IS suspects are being held

A prisoner gestures to the camera. The Kurdish authorities say that more than 50 nationalities are represented in prisons run by Kurdish where now more than 12,000 IS suspects are being held

Many of the prisoners there are all skin and bones. The happiest have a bed to lie on, but most are just sitting directly on the floor, making amputation stumps and connected wounds visible.

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The prison clinic is just as busy as the other cells. A graying man with armpit crutches effortlessly makes his way through the spooky crowd.

The condition of the wounded speaks of the intensity of the fighting that led to the final territorial defeat of IS by Kurdish-led fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in March.

It also reveals the terrible circumstances that the final residents of the jihadist & # 39; caliphate & # 39; encountered when it made its last stand in the Baghouz district, 200 kilometers to the south.

Most of the men crammed into this detention center in Hasakeh province and at least six others in Kurdish detained territory are the ones who suffered from surrender only a few months ago, starving and mutilated.

Most of the men crammed into this detention center in Hasakeh province and at least six others in Kurdish inhabited areas are the ones who were limping only a few months ago to surrender, starving and mutilated

Most of the men crammed into this detention center in Hasakeh province and at least six others in Kurdish inhabited areas are the ones who were limping only a few months ago to surrender, starving and mutilated

Most of the men crammed into this detention center in Hasakeh province and at least six others in Kurdish inhabited areas are the ones who were limping only a few months ago to surrender, starving and mutilated

& # 39; I want to leave jail and go back to my family & # 39 ;, says Aseel Mathan, 22. The cunning young man left his native Wales when he was 17 to join his brother in Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where the IS & # 39; caliphate & # 39; was born

& # 39; I want to leave jail and go back to my family & # 39 ;, says Aseel Mathan, 22. The cunning young man left his native Wales when he was 17 to join his brother in Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where the IS & # 39; caliphate & # 39; was born

& # 39; I want to leave jail and go back to my family & # 39 ;, says Aseel Mathan, 22. The cunning young man left his native Wales when he was 17 to join his brother in Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where the IS & # 39; caliphate & # 39; was born

Not all IS hunters were captured by Kurdish and US-led coalition forces in the final days of the & # 39; caliphate & # 39; and the jihadist group continued to attack its enemies through clandestine cells roaming the region

Not all IS hunters were captured by Kurdish and US-led coalition forces in the final days of the & # 39; caliphate & # 39; and the jihadist group continued to attack its enemies through clandestine cells roaming the region

Not all IS hunters were captured by Kurdish and US-led coalition forces in the final days of the & # 39; caliphate & # 39; and the jihadist group continued to attack its enemies through clandestine cells roaming the region

Some days, Governor Serhat says fugitive jihadists & # 39; come close to prison and open fire, just like a way to tell prisoners that they are still there & # 39;

Some days, Governor Serhat says fugitive jihadists & # 39; come close to prison and open fire, just like a way to tell prisoners that they are still there & # 39;

Some days, Governor Serhat says fugitive jihadists & # 39; come close to prison and open fire, just like a way to tell prisoners that they are still there & # 39;

Men gather on 26 October in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh

Men gather on 26 October in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh

Men gather on 26 October in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh

The Kurdish authorities say that more than 50 nationalities are represented in Kurdish-led prisons where now more than 12,000 IS suspects are being held.

Not all IS hunters were captured by Kurdish and US-led coalition forces in the final days of the & # 39; caliphate & # 39; and the jihadist group continued to attack its enemies through clandestine cells roaming the region.

Some days, Governor Serhat says fugitive jihadists are approaching the prison and open fire, just like a way to tell the prisoners that they are still there.

From France to Tunisia, many of the IS prisoners' countries of origin were reluctant to repatriate them for fear of a public backlash at home.

An SDF guard keeps watch in prison. From France to Tunisia, many of the IS prisoners' countries of origin were reluctant to repatriate them for fear of a public backlash at home

An SDF guard keeps watch in prison. From France to Tunisia, many of the IS prisoners' countries of origin were reluctant to repatriate them for fear of a public backlash at home

An SDF guard keeps watch in prison. From France to Tunisia, many of the IS prisoners' countries of origin were reluctant to repatriate them for fear of a public backlash at home

With the support of their most important American ally more unpredictable than ever, and under constant pressure from their arch-enemy Turkey, the autonomous administration of the Syrian Kurds can hardly protect themselves, let alone foreign prisoners

With the support of their most important American ally more unpredictable than ever, and under constant pressure from their arch-enemy Turkey, the autonomous administration of the Syrian Kurds can hardly protect themselves, let alone foreign prisoners

With the support of their most important American ally more unpredictable than ever, and under constant pressure from their arch-enemy Turkey, the autonomous administration of the Syrian Kurds can hardly protect themselves, let alone foreign prisoners

Kurdish troops have repeatedly warned that a Turkish invasion - which became reality on October 9 - could result in massive prison interruptions that would free some of & # 39; the world's most fanatic terrorists in the region and beyond

Kurdish troops have repeatedly warned that a Turkish invasion - which became reality on October 9 - could result in massive prison interruptions that would free some of & # 39; the world's most fanatic terrorists in the region and beyond

Kurdish troops have repeatedly warned that a Turkish invasion – which became reality on October 9 – could result in massive prison interruptions that would free some of & # 39; the world's most fanatic terrorists in the region and beyond

According to a senior American official, more than 100 have already broken out. Nobody from this prison, Serhat says, although some prisoners started a riot during a meal distribution a month ago and the guards attacked after a prisoner brought them in by forging a health problem

According to a senior American official, more than 100 have already broken out. Nobody from this prison, Serhat says, although some prisoners started a riot during a meal distribution a month ago and the guards attacked after a prisoner brought them in by forging a health problem

According to a senior American official, more than 100 have already broken out. Nobody from this prison, Serhat says, although some prisoners started a riot during a meal distribution a month ago and the guards attacked after a prisoner brought them in by forging a health problem

With the support of their most important American ally more unpredictable than ever, and under constant pressure from their arch-enemy Turkey, the autonomous administration of the Syrian Kurds can hardly protect themselves, let alone foreign prisoners.

Kurdish troops have repeatedly warned that a Turkish invasion – which became reality on October 9 – could result in massive prison interruptions that would free some of & # 39; the world's most fanatic terrorists in the region and beyond.

According to a senior American official, more than 100 have already broken out.

No one from this prison, Serhat says, although some prisoners revolted a month ago during a meal distribution and attacked the guards after a prisoner brought them in by forging a health problem.

AFP journalists are led through the corridors of the prison and a guard hesitates to even lift the hatch in the cell door.

& # 39; These are dangerous & # 39 ;, he says.

Further on, one cell is reserved for what IS propaganda used to & # 39; the cubs of the caliphate & # 39; children who were recruited and trained as hunters.

AFP journalists are led through the corridors of the prison and a guard hesitates to even lift the hatch in the cell door. & # 39; These are dangerous & # 39 ;, he says

AFP journalists are led through the corridors of the prison and a guard hesitates to even lift the hatch in the cell door. & # 39; These are dangerous & # 39 ;, he says

AFP journalists are led through the corridors of the prison and a guard hesitates to even lift the hatch in the cell door. & # 39; These are dangerous & # 39 ;, he says

Further down a cell is reserved for what IS propaganda used to & # 39; the cubs of the caliphate & # 39; children who were recruited and trained as hunters

Further down a cell is reserved for what IS propaganda used to & # 39; the cubs of the caliphate & # 39; children who were recruited and trained as hunters

Further down a cell is reserved for what IS propaganda used to & # 39; the cubs of the caliphate & # 39; children who were recruited and trained as hunters

A man suspected of ISIS connection looks out of the opening of a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on October 26

A man suspected of ISIS connection looks out of the opening of a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on October 26

A man suspected of ISIS connection looks out of the opening of a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on October 26

A man sticks out a wheelchair for a fellow prisoner with a deformity while others lie on blankets on the floor

A man sticks out a wheelchair for a fellow prisoner with a deformity while others lie on blankets on the floor

A man sticks out a wheelchair for a fellow prisoner with a deformity while others lie on blankets on the floor

Men gather in a prison cell in Hasakeh. Almost a third of the prison population is sick and needs treatment for various wounds and conditions such as hepatitis and AIDS

Men gather in a prison cell in Hasakeh. Almost a third of the prison population is sick and needs treatment for various wounds and conditions such as hepatitis and AIDS

Men gather in a prison cell in Hasakeh. Almost a third of the prison population is sick and needs treatment for various wounds and conditions such as hepatitis and AIDS

Injured men with leg bandages lie in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on 26 October

Injured men with leg bandages lie in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on 26 October

Injured men with leg bandages lie in a prison cell in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on 26 October

The adult staying in the same cell is an orthopedic surgeon who is in the & # 39; caliphate & # 39; stayed until it died nearly six months ago.

Some children have been repatriated, but the fate of the men remains unclear.

Almost a third of the prison population is sick and needs treatment for various wounds and conditions such as hepatitis and AIDS.

A prisoner who misses a part of his leg looks at the camera. Only about 300 of them can spend the night in the medical department

A prisoner who misses a part of his leg looks at the camera. Only about 300 of them can spend the night in the medical department

A prisoner who misses a part of his leg looks at the camera. Only about 300 of them can spend the night in the medical department

Prisoners, many with parts of their legs missing, gather in a prison cell in northeastern Syria on photos taken on October 26

Prisoners, many with parts of their legs missing, gather in a prison cell in northeastern Syria on photos taken on October 26

Prisoners, many with parts of their legs missing, gather in a prison cell in northeastern Syria on photos taken on October 26

Only about 300 of them can spend the night in the medical department, including Aballah Nooman, a 24-year-old Belgian who is lifting his T-shirt to show an open wound

Only about 300 of them can spend the night in the medical department, including Aballah Nooman, a 24-year-old Belgian who is lifting his T-shirt to show an open wound

Only about 300 of them can spend the night in the medical department, including Aballah Nooman, a 24-year-old Belgian who is lifting his T-shirt to show an open wound

A prisoner and presumed partner of ISIS with a leg bandage sits on the floor and looks at the camera

A prisoner and presumed partner of ISIS with a leg bandage sits on the floor and looks at the camera

A prisoner and presumed partner of ISIS with a leg bandage sits on the floor and looks at the camera

Bassem Abdel Azim, a 42-year-old Dutch Egyptian, was injured in an air raid and cannot use his right leg.

He tells how he misled his wife into the & # 39; caliphate & # 39; to travel with the promise of a vacation in Turkey.

& # 39; I didn't tell her, I didn't want her to be afraid, & # 39 ;, says Abdel Azim, explaining that he has no idea where they and their five children are now.

& # 39; I would like to see her again. They can hang me afterwards, I just want to say I'm sorry I took them to a country at war. & # 39;

Prisoners gather in a cell. Bassem Abdel Azim, a 42-year-old Dutch Egyptian, was wounded in an air raid and unable to use his right leg

Prisoners gather in a cell. Bassem Abdel Azim, a 42-year-old Dutch Egyptian, was wounded in an air raid and unable to use his right leg

Prisoners gather in a cell. Bassem Abdel Azim, a 42-year-old Dutch Egyptian, was wounded in an air raid and unable to use his right leg

Prisoners gather in a cell. Azim tells how he misled his wife into the & # 39; caliphate & # 39; to travel with the promise of a vacation in Turkey

Prisoners gather in a cell. Azim tells how he misled his wife into the & # 39; caliphate & # 39; to travel with the promise of a vacation in Turkey

Prisoners gather in a cell. Azim tells how he misled his wife into the & # 39; caliphate & # 39; to travel with the promise of a vacation in Turkey

Prisoners were in the cell. & # 39; I would like to see her again. They can hang me up afterwards, I just want to say I'm sorry I took them to a country at war, & he said

Prisoners were in the cell. & # 39; I would like to see her again. They can hang me up afterwards, I just want to say I'm sorry I took them to a country at war, & he said

Prisoners were in the cell. & # 39; I would like to see her again. They can hang me up afterwards, I just want to say I'm sorry I took them to a country at war, & he said

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