ISIS is building Caliphate 2.0 in a Syrian camp

A security patrol escorting women last month at the al-Hol camp, where the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now exerts more influence and control than the few dozen Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces guards stationed there, according to US offici
A security patrol escorting women last month at the al-Hol camp, where the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now exerts more influence and control than the few dozen Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces guards stationed there, according to US officials, lawmakers and experts. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has largely taken over a huge camp in north-eastern Syria, and there is no plan for what to do with the 70,000 people there - including more than 50,000 children.

The United States and Europe must immediately address this urgent national security and humanitarian crisis, before a new caliphate is established while we watch.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2019, with the headline ISIS is building Caliphate 2.0 in a Syrian camp. Subscribe