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The Turkish attack on northeastern Syria has already brought far-reaching implications for the Middle East and the world at large.
Roughly 950 Islamic State fighters escaped from a prison camp after Syrian Kurdish forces were redeployed to engage Turkish military units approaching the town of Ain Issa.
Why it matters: One of the fears stemming from President Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria was that a Turkish assault would force Kurdish forces to desert the prison camps where about 12,000 ISIS fighters and their families are being held.
Details: The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria said in a statement that the supporters escaped after they attacked camp guards and stormed the gates, per AP, which said it was not immediately possible to confirm the number of escapees.
What they’re saying: A U.S. military official told AP that northeastern Syria was “deteriorating rapidly” and that U.S. troops on the ground are at risk of being “isolated” and of clashing with Turkey-backed Syrian forces.
The news comes amid reports from withdrawing U.S. forces that Turkey is deliberating harassing American troops with sporadic artillery fire.