(Zaman Al Wasl)- Powerful Kurdish PYD militia has transferred tens of detainees from the cities Manbij and Raqqa to northeastern Hasaka province as two threats rise by the imminent Turkish offensive and US troops shutdown, local sources told Zaman al-Wasl Monday.
The prisoners, mostly Daseh (ISIS) and rebel fighters, were moved by the Kurdish Democratic Union to Hasaka Central Prison in Gweiran neighborhood on Sunday.
The U.S. Army has allocated $ 750,000 to rehabilitate Gweiran prison in Hassaka to receive more than 1000 detainees from the Daesh belonging to more than 30 countries.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday.
"I think we're in a pause situation," the South Carolina Republican said outside the White House after lunch with the president.
Trump announced earlier this month that he was ordering the withdrawal of all roughly 2,000 troops from war-torn Syria, with aides expecting it to take place swiftly. The president had declared victory over the Islamic State group in Syria, though pockets of fighting remain.
Critics had contended that the U.S. withdrawal would embolden Iran and Russia, which have supported the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Also in eastern Syria, the Iraqi warplanes hit a meeting of Daesh leaders near Deir Ezzor province on Monday, destroying the building they were gathered in, the military said in a statement, without giving further details about the militants targeted.
The statement said F-16 fighter jets carried out the raid around al-Sousa village near the Iraqi border, as "30 leaders from Daesh gangs" met in the building.
Iraq fears that Daesh militants in Syria will try to cross the border, and analysts warn of increasing insurgent-style attacks in both countries.
Baghdad has carried out several air raids in Syrian territory with the agreement of Bashar Assad. Its army and Shiite paramilitaries have reinforced at the border in recent months.
Zaman Al Wasl