Kurdish officials said Sunday that hundreds of captured Islamic State fighters have escaped from detention camps amid the ongoing Turkish offensive. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said their efforts to contain the Turkish offensive have weakened their ability to guard ISIS prisoner camps.
The Pentagon has confirmed U.S. troops stationed in Syria were shot at by the Turkish military. A Defense Department spokesperson said Friday artillery fire from Turkish positions came within a few hundred meters of troops near the city of Kobani. The statement said all U.S. troops were accounted for with no injuries and that any further violence would result in retaliation.
President Trump is saying two British ISIS militants tied to beheadings in Syria have been taken into U.S. custody. They have reportedly been transferred to “a secure location controlled by the U.S.” The President made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday, stating the action was undertaken “in case the Kurds or Turkey lose control.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is urging tighter international cooperation to end the war in Afghanistan. While speaking at the UN General Assembly Wednesday, Lavrov said Northern Afghanistan can become a new hot-bed for Islamic terror.