Iraq steps up security at prisons holding ISIS members


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SULAIMANI — Authorities in Iraq have warned prisons housing Islamic State (ISIS) members to increase security measures, intelligence sources informed Iraqi media on Saturday (January 22).

Prison facilities have received instructions to be on high security following a major prison break that began on Thursday night in Syria’s Hasaka, where thousands of ISIS members are detained.

Strict policies have been implemented in al-Taji, al-Kifl and al-Hut prisons where ISIS members and their leaders are held.

Security concerns over Islamic State sleeper cells have increased in the last few days following the ongoing clashes in Hasaka and an ISIS attack in Diyala that killed 11 members of Iraqi forces.

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi said on Saturday, "The escalation of terrorist operations targeting our military and security forces requires a strong response and proactive intelligence work.”

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Internal Security Forces (ISF) continued to battle ISIS militants on Saturday in the vicinity of al-Sinaa prison in Hasaka, where sleeper cells staged a massive prison break attempt.

SDF media center said on Friday its forces managed to capture 89 inmates who had escaped from the prison.

The Spokesperson for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Yehia Rasool, said on Saturday measures have been taken to secure Iraq’s border with Syria.

(NRT Digital Media)