On November 30, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, Colonel Sean Ryan, denied that coalition warplanes had carried out an airstrike on an ISIS prison in the middle Euphrates River Valley where fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were kept.
“November 28, coalition strikes destroyed 2 operational facilities and killed 4 ISIS terrorists, in al-Khasmah, Syria. In depth monitoring reduced the risk to civilians and CJTF-OIR [the US-led coalition’s mission in Syria and Iraq] rejects any ISIS propaganda claims on striking an ISIS prison,” Col. Ryan said in a short statement on Twitter.
The statement is an obvious attempt to cover the incident as the ISIS-linked news agency, Amaq, had provided a video showing the bodies of SDF fighters who were killed in the coalition airstrike. Many injured SDF fighters also appeared in the video and accused the coalition of trying to “get rid of them.”
So far, this issue contributed to the growin tension between the Kurdish-dominated SDF and the Arab population in the SDF-held areas because all the fighters who had been recently captured by ISIS were Arabs. According to local observers, many of these fighters may have been forced to join the ranks of the Kurdish-dominated group under a conscription law, which was introduced earlier this year.