Security in ISIS prisons in Syria is being tightened in the midst of fear of revenge attacks following the death of the leader of the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi terror group.
Kurdish guards are nowadays & # 39; alert & # 39; while they prepare for possible riots or attacks on the prison camps where thousands of ISIS supporters are being held.
Baghdadi had urged his followers to break ISIS fanatics out of prison in the final weeks of his life and it is feared that he would prove to be a powerful recruitment tool even in death.
His downfall has not yet been formally announced in the camps, but many of the prisoners have telephones and the news has probably reached them by now.
There is also the fear that & # 39; sleeping cells & # 39; Reprisals will be carried out all over the world and British intelligence chiefs are reportedly conducting surveillance of extremist suspects today.
Detained: ISIS prisoners sit on the ground in a camp in Northern Syria on Saturday – some of the tens of thousands of detainees are being held by Kurdish hunters
Under surveillance: a hunter with the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurdish-led group that pulled ISIS out of its last area earlier this year, watches prisoners on security screens
Held inside: a prisoner rolls on the floor of a cell in the prison camp in Syria on Saturday, while other prisoners sleep on mattresses
& # 39; Sleeping cells will seek revenge for the death of Baghdad, & # 39; said Mazloum Abdi, the top commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
& # 39; That's why anything is possible, including prisons attacks, & # 39; he said.
More than 10,000 ISIS prisoners are being held in Syria, while about 70,000 people live in another camp, mostly family members of extremists.
Today, Syrian Kurdish troops said they were increasing security in prisons and detention facilities in the area.
According to one official, the forces of the Kurdish-led internal security agency were & # 39; alert & # 39 ;.
Baghdadi died during a raid in the United States on his compound in Syria on Saturday night, President Donald Trump announced yesterday.
A military operation led by the SDF reduced its so-called & # 39; caliphate & # 39; earlier this year to nothing.
However, Baghdadi was generally seen as a figurehead rather than a daily leader and his followers are still capable of attacking.
Small units of hunters have since gone underground and continued to carry out guerrilla-like attacks in the region.
ISIS is believed to have sleeping cells worldwide and some hunters operate from the shadows in the desert of Syria and the cities of Iraq.
France has already expressed fear of reprisals and the Interior Minister called for more vigilance last night.
& # 39; The possible intensification of jihadist propaganda after this death, which may require revenge, requires the most extreme vigilance, & # 39; said Christophe Castaner.
Disabled: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (shown in a propaganda video in April this year) died on a Syrian compound during a raid by US special units
Waiting: prisoners in orange jumpsuits on the floor of a camp in Hasakeh in Syria two days ago. There is fear of riots and attacks on prisons after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdad
Under lock and key: three prisoners are seen through a hatch in a cell door near the prison in northeastern Syria that is guarded by Kurdish forces
The fear of security was already greater after the invasion of Turkey into northern Syria caused chaos in the region.
Kurdish guards were summoned from the camps to ward off the Turkish attack and an American official said no fewer than 100 ISIS prisoners had already escaped.
Trump, however, quickly insisted that some of the escaped prisoners had already been recaptured.
The SDF previously warned that they would not be able to spare the troops to guard the al-Hol camp where families of ISIS jihadists are housed.
In his last recorded audio message, Baghdadi had insisted on prisons to free ISIS hunters.
& # 39; Regarding the worst and most important issue, the prisons, the prisons, oh soldiers of the Caliphate. Your siblings; do your best to free them and bring down the walls that limit them, & said Baghdadi.
Women in the camp have turned one of their tents into a court that manages the strict interpretation of the group of Islamic law.
Overcrowded: some of the tens of thousands of prisoners detained in ISIS camps in Syria – where security is already at stake after the Turkish invasion
Escort: A Kurdish hunter unlocks the door of a prison cell while another two days ago watches over an ISIS prisoner at the camp in Hasakeh
The camp also depends on international aid and food is sometimes scarce and the water used for drinking and cleaning is contaminated.
Last month, a 16-year-old girl was found guilty of apostasy and was repeatedly stabbed with knives.
Kurdish guards evacuated her to a clinic where she died later, according to a commander of a Kurdish police.
Earlier this month, the police stormed a tent and rescued two women who were sentenced to die and were about to be stabbed to death.
ISIS supporters had fought back with knives and pistols when the Kurdish guards stormed in.
President Trump threatened to drop hundreds of ISIS hunters back & # 39; yesterday & # 39; in Europe if Britain, France and Germany would not take them back.
Trump called his European allies yesterday a & # 39; huge disappointment & # 39; in a furious attack, just after the announcement of the death of Baghdad.
Trump demanded that Britain, France and Germany deal with their ISIS hunters at home, and warned that the US would not pay for hundreds of jihadists who & # 39; over the next 50 years & # 39; held in Guantanamo Bay.
Europe was reluctant to admit the hunters again, but Trump warned that he would drop them & # 39; directly at your border & # 39; if they are not sent back to justice.
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