March 04, 2019

Over 200 ISIS prisoners ‘not involved in crimes’ released in northern Syria

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Kurdistan 24

Journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

The Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria recently announced the release of 283 prisoners who were members of the Islamic State but “not involved” in crimes.

During a press conference in Ain al-Issa on Saturday, DAA co-chair Abdul Hamid al-Muhabash said the goal was to reintegrate the released prisoners into society, Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported.

According to Muhabash, the DAA treats prisoners with “love and tolerance,” and provides them employment opportunities so they can “return to their normal situation in the society.”

He also said there are plans to release more prisoners in the future who fit the criteria in areas such as Jazeera, the Euphrates region, Manbij, Tabqa, Raqqa, and Deir al-Zor.

Read the full article and more in Kurdistan 24.

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...