Diego Ibarra Sanchez

Photographer; Educator; Video journalist
   
Prison break Syria
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: www.diegoibarra.com Diego Ibarra Sánchez is a documentary photographer based in Lebanon contributing for THE NEW YORK TIMES, NZZ, Revista 5W, UNHCR, and UNICEF, among others. Diego assumes a very critical stance regarding the use of images... MORE
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Prison break Syria
Copyright Diego Ibarra Sánchez 2022
Updated Mar 2022
Location Hasakah, Syria
Topics Breaking News, Documentary, Editorial, Essays, Human Rights, Media, Pandemics, Photography, Photojournalism, Poverty, Protests, Reporting, Revolution, War, War and its effects

They were never gone


In January 2022, a staggering ISIS attack to Ghwaryan prison in the northeastern Syrian town of Al Hasakah revealed the enduring strength of the group and triggered the longest and deadliest battle with ISIS since its so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq was defeated nearly three years ago. The attack, officials believe, was to break free ISIS leaders, who were imprisoned there among more than 3,000 suspected militants.


After a 10-day battle, airstrikes, and Special Forces on the ground, more than 500 people died, about three-quarters of them ISIS members, or men or boys imprisoned among them


The battle spilled into the surrounding streets. Residents were terrified among a path of destruction and a river of dead fighters ‘bodies on the floor. 


By the time the fighting ended, nearly 400 prisoners and attackers were dead and 120 SDF members and at least five of the prison staff were killed. 


The world forgot this Syrian prison and Syrian Kurdish in Al Hasakah. The Islamic State did not. 3 years after the fall, the nightmare is still there and the circle of violence never ends. 


This photo essay has been produced for THE NEW YORK TIMES at the end of January 2022 in Syria


https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/world/middleeast/syria-isis-prison.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/28/world/middleeast/isis-syria-prison-sinaa.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/29/world/middleeast/isis-syria-iraq.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/30/world/middleeast/isis-prison-syria.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/31/world/middleeast/syria-prison-isis-boys.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/05/world/middleeast/isis-qurayshi-death.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/06/world/middleeast/syria-prison-teenage-detainees.html


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