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Pentagon confirms ground support in effort to regain Ghweiran prison

The Pentagon confirmed US ground forces have joined Syrian Democratic Forces in their fight to regain control of al-Sinaa prison in Hasaka, where thousands of Islamic State militants are held.


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Employees rescued as SDF make further gains in regaining Hasaka prison

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Tuesday (January 25) nine members of staff at the al-Sinaa prison who had been taken hostage by Islamic State (ISIS) militants have been rescued.


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Turkish defense minister says YPG biggest issue between Ankara, Washington

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said US support for the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) was the main issue between his country and the United States, Turkish media reported on Sunday (January 23).


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UN warns thousands displaced in clashes between SDF, ISIS in Hasaka

Clashes between Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Hasaka has caused the displacement of 45,000 people, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Sunday (January 23).


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300 ISIS members surrender to SDF following days of clashes in Hasaka

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said 300 Islamic State (ISIS) members surrendered early on Monday (January 24) following days of clashes after a prison-break attempt in the northeast city of Hasaka.


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UNICEF warns child inmates at risk in Ghweiran prison clashes

UNICEF warned in a statement on Sunday (January 23) nearly 850 juvenile inmates are at risk in the Ghweiran prison in Hasaka, where Islamic State (ISIS) inmates and outside sleeper cells have staged a massive break-out attempt.


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Syrian government accuses SDF, US of war crimes in Hasaka

Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Saturday (January 22) claimed US forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces were guilty of war crimes during clashes to contain an Islamic State (ISIS) prison break in Hasaka, Syrian Arab News Agency said.


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SDF says 175 ISIS militants killed in ongoing clashes in Hasaka

Syrian Democratic Forces said at least 175 Islamic State militants have been killed in ongoing clashes between Kurdish forces and members of the militant group in the vicinity of al-Sinaa prison in the northeastern city of Hasaka, Rojava Information Center reported.


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Clashes continue around prison in Hasaka days after break-out attempt

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Internal Security Forces (ISF) continued to battle Islamic State (ISIS) militants on Saturday (January 22) in the vicinity of a prison in Hasaka where sleeper cells staged an attempted prison break.


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SDF captures nearly 90 inmates following prison break attempt in Hasaka

Clashes between Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Islamic State (ISIS) members continued on Friday (January 21) in Hasaka after militants from a sleeper cell tried to free inmates from a prison in the neighborhood of Ghweiran.


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ISIS inmates attempt escape at prison in Rojava: SDF

Inmates in Ghweiran Prison in the northeastern Syrian governorate of Hasaka attempted an escape on Thursday (January 20) while a car bomb struck at a nearby fuel depot, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Media Center said.


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Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline reopens after explosion in Turkey

The Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline has reopened on Wednesday (January 19) following an accidental explosion in Turkey that disrupted the oil flow and caused the outbreak of a fire last night.


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More than 50 Syrian families released from al-Hol camp

Over 200 Syrians have been released from al-Hol camp in the northeastern governorate of Hasaka, Rojava Information Center (RIJ) announced on Sunday (January 16).


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Iraqis in Syria’s al-Hol camp await repatriation amid ongoing insecurity

Iraqis in Syria’s al-Hol camp in Hasaka are calling on their country to speed-up their repatriation due to ongoing security issues and killings in the notorious camp, North Press Agency (NPA) said on Friday (January 14).


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Kurdish nurse shot and killed in Syria’s al-Hol camp

Unknown assailants believed to be part of an Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cell shot and killed a nurse with the Kurdish Red Crescent in Syria’s al-Hol camp on Tuesday (January 11), North Press Agency said.


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Security forces try to quell protests in rural Raqqa: SOHR

Dozens of families have fled al-Suwaydiyah al-Kabira in Syria’s Raqqa governorate due to security forces’ operations in the village, amid protests over poor living conditions in the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday.


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Heavy snowfall blocks roads in three Kurdish provinces in Turkey

Heavy snowfall shut down roads in the provinces of Bingol, Sirnak and Siirt in the southeast of Turkey.


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Destruction of archeological sites continues in Afrin: SOHR

Syria’s ancient archeological heritage continues to suffer destruction at the hands of Turkish-backed factions in the country as smuggling of artifacts carries on in Afrin, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights reported on Monday.


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PYD condemns Turkey’s ‘genocidal attacks’ against Kobane

The Democratic Union Party (PYD), the leading Kurdish party in Syria issued a statement condemning Turkey’s attacks on the city of Kobane, Firat News Agency (ANF) said on Sunday (January 9).


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Iraq repatriates bodies of 150 soldiers to Iran

The remains of 150 Iranian soldiers were returned to Iran from Iraq after 35 years on Thursday (January 6).


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