ERBIL — The US-led Coalition to combat the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria has transferred 15 leaders of the jihadist group from Hasakah prison to its base in Shaddadi in northeast of Syria.
According to the information BasNews has obtained from local sources, the transfer process comes as a prelude to transferring the insurgents to Iraq by US aircrafts.
The sources also noted that the CIA interrogated the detained IS leaders inside al-Sinaa Prison in Hasakah before they were transferred to Shaddadi base.
They revealed that among the IS leaders were Khalid al-Enezi, a Saudi national, Salim Abdel Maati, an Algerian, and Nico Sabrio, a French national.
Hasakah prison, which is guarded by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), houses more than 3,000 IS militants.
Following several attempts of prison breaks by the jihadists in northeast of Syria, the United States and Kurdish forces previously called on various countries to repatriate their citizens held at al-Hol camp in northeast of Syria.
On Monday, the General Command of the Internal Security Forces (Asayish) in northeast Syria said that it had captured an IS cell that was planning to launch an attack on a terrorist detention facility in Hasakah.