As the territorial caliphate of Islamic State terror group is breathing its last in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor crumbling under the offensive of US-backed Syrian Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and US-led International Coalition’s air strike, the SDF struggles to solve the issue of captured foreign terrorists and their families, including women and children. Until repatriated and prosecuted by their countries of origin, the detained terrorists have to be hold in custody, putting SDF detention facilities in northern Syria well beyond their capacity.To keep thousands of captured terrorists safely under control, six detention facilities have been established by the #SDF in #Hasaka province. Along with ISIS members and their families these prisons contain criminals and SDF own members detained for dereliction of duty, corruption and other crimes. However, ISIS members, their wives and children enjoy some minor perks compared to other inmates.

The list of detention facilities includes Al Malikiya prison (350 male prisoners), Alaa prison in Qamishli city,
(1200 prisoners including fighters and families), Hemo prison located close to YPG training camp in Hasaha province (350 male prisoners), Hasaka prison in the Central Prison building (250 male prisoners), Al Ahdath prison (400 male prisoners) and Al Hawl prison (around 100 prisoners including fighters and families).

Every prison has cells, interrogation rooms, visiting rooms and recreational spaces. Each cell usually hosts around five prisoners and has a TV and a bathroom. There are also solitary confinement cells for notorious terrorits, dangerous individuals and those who require special treatment. Each facility is guarded by Asayish and/or YAT members with their numbers up to 100 guards in a single prison.

Captured fighters along with their wives and children enjoy some privileges: they are fed four decent (better than average) meals a day, are not obliged to work, are allowed to receive a visitor once a week and to make a phone call twice a week. They are also allowed to roam freely inside recreational spaces.

These perks come at a price. Those inmates who are considered valuable assets are systematically picked by SDF intelligence to convince them to act as informers, mediators or join the SDF.

After an inmate gives initial agreement for cooperation and proves himself valuable, he is more often than not contacted by US intelligence officers. Such individuals may be tasked with returning to their units, should they still exist, or joining other groups to gather information and relay it to the US intelligence.

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