U.S.-Backed Forces Struggle to Contain Islamic State in Battle Over Syrian Prison

Fighters backed by American airstrikes struggled to retake control of a prison attacked by Islamic State in northeastern Syria Sunday

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1/23/2022 7:16:00 PM

Fighters backed by American airstrikes struggled to retake control of a prison attacked by Islamic State in northeastern Syria Sunday

The militant group’s prison attack, which began last week, was one of the most complex and brazen Islamic State operations in Syria and Iraq in the last three years—involving sleeper cells, suicide bombers and an insurrection inside the prison.

Fighters backed by American airstrikes struggled toretake control of a prisonattacked by Islamic State in northeastern Syria on Sunday, as the militant group’s attempt to replenish its ranks with freed prisoners sparked the area’s worst sustained fighting in years.

The prison attack, which began last week, was one of the most complex and brazen Islamic State operations in Syria and Iraq in the past three years. It involved sleeper cells, suicide bombers and an insurrection inside the prison, said the Syrian Democratic Forces, the U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led militia that controls a section of northeastern Syria that is autonomous from the regime in Damascus.

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Updated Jan. 23, 2022 11:08 am ET Fighters backed by American airstrikes struggled to retake control of a prison attacked by Islamic State in northeastern Syria on Sunday, as the militant group’s attempt to replenish its ranks with freed prisoners sparked the area’s worst sustained fighting in years. The prison attack, which began last week, was one of the most complex and brazen Islamic State operations in Syria and Iraq in the past three years. It involved sleeper cells, suicide bombers and an insurrection inside the prison, said the Syrian Democratic Forces, the U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led militia that controls a section of northeastern Syria that is autonomous from the regime in Damascus. To Read the Full Story