THE SAS is reportedly poised to launch ‘kill or capture’ missions to stop Brit ISIS jihadis escaping from Syrian jails amid the Turkish onslaught.
The ‘Who Dares Wins’ forces are monitoring prisons holding ISIS militants in northern Syria to guard against a mass terrorist jailbreak.
The SAS is reportedly poised to launch ‘kill or capture’ missions to stop British ISIS militants escaping from Syrian jails[/caption]
They have been placed on standby after the first ISIS fighters escaped from a jail in Qamishli on Friday after the prison was hit by Turkish bombing.
If another prison breakout appears to be imminent, the elite British soldiers will be deployed in teams of eight in helicopters or vehicles, according to the Daily Star.
Spooks fear ISIS extremists from Britain and Europe may have the opportunity to flee if Kurdish guards abandon the jails as the Turkish invasion intensifies.
“British extremists are banged up in jails in northern Syria,” a source told the Daily Star.
“The remnants of the ISIS army is waiting to escape and either return to the fight or return to their home countries.
“The British special forces have been placed on standby.
“The SAS will either try to capture or kill British, European or foreign jihadis who pose a threat.”
The Ministry of Defence told SunOnline it does not comment on the special forces.
News of the SAS response came after five ISIS terrorists escaped Kurdish captivity on Friday after a shell landed in the courtyard of the jail.
Chilling footage taken on the same day purports to show ISIS brides trying to run away from the notorious al-Hawl refugee camp after starting a riot.
The sprawling camp, which has been dubbed ‘Camp Caliphate’, houses around 68,000 jihadi brides and was once home to Brit-born Shamima Begum.
Tensions at the camp have been heightened since Donald Trump announced US troops would leave the area, paving the way for the Turkish attack on Wednesday.
Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Mervan Qamishlo told CNN there was “civil disobedience” in the camp on Friday, when prisoners razed tents and attacked guards with sticks.
Footage shows what appears to be chaotic scenes inside al-Hawl camp, with dozens of burqa-clad women seen sprinting from guards.
A shootout was sparked by ISIS brides trying to impose archaic rules in the camp just two weeks ago (stock)[/caption]
The unrest started in the foreigners’ section and involved more people than previous incidents at the camp, Mr Qamishlo said.
“The [Isis] women rose against the internal security forces at al-Hawl, they set ablaze tents and attacked the administrative and security offices there with stones and sticks,” he added.
Dozens of camp inmates attacked an exit gate before Kurdish security regained control, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said.
He described the situation as “critical”.
It came less than two weeks after a shootout at the refugee camp left one dead and several more injured.
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stormed into the camp last month after a mob of fanatics tried to impose archaic religious rules on those inside after holding doctors hostage.
The ISIS wives had found a 16-year-old girl guilty of apostasy and repeatedly knifed her to death as a punishment.
They also killed a one-legged man for the same alleged crime – after he was accused of abandoning Islam.
SDF forces say they stormed the camp and tackled women just as they were about to “lash a woman” brave enough to stand up to them.
ESCAPE FROM JIHADI JAIL
Friday’s prison camp escape attempt came as five ISIS militants fled from Navkur prison on Friday after Turkish mortars landed nearby, according to the SDF.
The Navkur prison is located in a Kurdish area, west of Qamishli city and houses some ISIS “foreign fighters”.
Footage shared by officials shows a shell landing in the courtyard of what appears to be a prison facility in the city of Qamishli.
Seconds later, a handful of men open doors and seem to be trying to leave.
An official with the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces says some of the men in the video are security guards seeking to contain the escape and regain control of the prisoners.
FEARS OF MASS BREAKOUT
The chaos has raised fears that the Turkish invasion on Kurdish-held northeastern Syria may undermine the security of over two dozen facilities where 10,000 ISIS militants are held.
Turkish shells also fell near another prison on Friday and Wednesday in Qamishli, which is only two miles (3 kilometers) from the Turkish border.
Another SDF official mentioned “recurring” bombings near the Jirkine prison, near Navkur, which also holds ISIS fighters as prisoners.
Turkey and its Syrian allies have been leading an air and land offensive against the Kurdish forces in northeast Syria since Wednesday.
The Turkish offensive has been condemned by several European countries, which have warned about the fate of IS fighters held in SDF prisons.
Around 12,000 ISIS fighters, among them Syrians, Iraqis, but also 2,500 to 3,000 foreign citizens from 54 countries, are held in Kurdish prisons, according to Abdel Karim Omar, an SDF official.
Syrian Arab and Kurdish civilians arrive to Hassakeh city after fleeing following Turkish bombardments[/caption]
Pro-Turkish Syrian fighters cross the border into Syria[/caption]
Members of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army on top of an armoured vehicle in the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar[/caption]