The seizure of Hasakah’s sprawling al-Sina’a prison complex by ISIS sleeper cells last week represented the most sophisticated and brazen attack by the group since its military defeat at the hands of SDF and Coalition forces three years ago. The attack was highly coordinated between ISIS operatives both inside and outside the prison walls, demonstrating the depth of corruption on the part of some elements within the SDF. For years, guards have allowed prisoners to obtain phones, smuggle contraband in and out of al-Sina’a, and openly communicate with sleeper cells in the region to execute the prison takeover. The attack was not unexpected, and the failure of the SDF to effectively head off the planned operation ahead of time demonstrates the extent of the mismanagement within the prison administration.
Attached Map: Military Situation in North-East Syria – 6th February 2022