US Central Command comments on attempted ISIS attack on Al-Hol Camp; Iraq reveals number of ISIS members left in country

HASAKAH, Syria — On Thursday, US Central Command (CENTCOM) Communications Director Colonel Joe Buccino issued a statement commenting on the recent attempt by Islamic State (ISIS) cells to attack Al-Hol Refugee Camp, east of Hasakah, praising the rapid response of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The statement revealed that four ISIS militants were killed while trying tocarry out a suicide attack on Al-Hol Refugee Camp, which houses roughly 60,000 people.

Col. Buccino said that one of the vehicles driven by the attackers exploded 20 km east of the camp, which alerted SDF and US forces.

He indicated that members of the SDF arrived at the site of the explosion to find several members of ISIS, one of whom detonated a jacket carrying explosives. SDF forces arrested one man following clashes that left four ISIS members dead.

Col. Buccino explained that a second car was loaded with 50 kilograms of explosives, noting that the clash resulted in the killing of four ISIS militants.

The Central Command praised the swift response of SDF forces in dealing with the events, noting that the SDF had demonstrated its professionalism and commitment to maintaining the security of the region.

The Internal Security Forces (ISF) of North and East also dismantled a car bomb in one of the villages of Tel Hamis district.

In related news, the spokesperson for the Joint Iraqi Operations Command, Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji, said that, “the number of ISIS elements in Iraq is very few, less than 1,000 elements, most of them locals.” He pointed out that these elements are spread over four or five detachments.