A member of the Manbij Military Council pulls security while his teammates treat a casualty during a scenario-based medical assessment in Manbij, Syria, August 10, 2018. MMC members continue to develop their skills to support the continued safety and stability of Manbij. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nicole Paese)

Kurdish-Led Forces Bust ISIS Human Smuggling Ring in North Syria

A local counter-terrorism unit in the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Saturday arrested members of an Islamic State cell allegedly involved in smuggling at least six women connected to the extremist group from a camp under the control of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to Turkish-held areas along the country’s northern border.

The SDF-affiliated Manbij Military Council’s media office claimed in a statement that a man named Abu Naji, a leader of the Turkish-backed Ahrar Al-Sham paramilitary group, was responsible for smuggling “ISIS elements and their families to areas controlled by the Turkish occupation.”

It continued, “After investigating this cell, it was found that ISIS members who are currently fighting in the ranks of the Turkish occupation mercenaries are trying to smuggle their families out of the Al-Hol camp.”

Read more at Kurdistan 24

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