US Department of State urges countries to repatriate their citizens from detention centers in North and East Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The US Department of State has confirmed that repatriation is the only viable solution for closing the detention camps of the families of the Islamic State (ISIS) in North and East Syria. This is also the solution proposed by the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES).

In a recent briefing on the US Department of State’s efforts to close the detention centers, spokesperson Ned Price emphasized the need for a sustainable solution and urged countries to take bold steps to repatriate their citizens from these camps. The US-led International Coalition has also reiterated its commitment to eliminating ISIS and supporting its partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the region.

Recently, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley visited North and East Syria to assess the situation and Commander of the Central Command of the US Army Michael Korella visited Ghweran Prison and spoke with the SDF.

Meanwhile, the US-led International Coalition has increased its support and reinforcements for its bases in the region, with the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reporting the arrival of 24 trucks of fuel, logistical supplies, and ammunition in the countryside of Hasakah.

The AANES has repeatedly urged countries to repatriate their citizens, warning of the potential for increased extremism and humanitarian crises in these camps. With the US Department of State and International Coalition supporting repatriation efforts, it is hoped that progress can be made towards closing the detention camps and addressing this ongoing challenge.