I saw a news report of this earlier today. It sounded like good news at first until the story mentioned that the concern was that this would allow the prisoners to escape rather than killing them all.One piece of “Good News” to come from the present debacle, has just been mentioned on Ch4 NEWS, is that Turkey is/has bombed (some) prisons containing captured ISIS fighters.
Do we/rest of “the West”, have any munitions/UAV in the area, that we could now deploy/use, under the present confusion - specifically for JUST that limited objective?!
The prisoner problem by the way is another likely reason why the Americans want out ASAP. The Kurds don't want them, the Americans don't want them, and the Americans haven't been able to get anyone else to take them off their hands.
The Americans had collected a certain amount of intelligence from questioning the prisoners, but little or no evidence that could be used in court. Canada looked into the issue not too long ago and came to the conclusion that the chances of prosecuting any of them according to Western standards of justice was pretty much nil which is why Canada has avoided getting involved. If the prisoners were to be brought to the west, most of them would have to be allowed to walk free.
The obvious solution would be to hand them over to the local legal authority, the government of Syria, for prosecution in Syrian courts under Syrian law. However, there isn't an obvious way of achieving this without the Americans losing face after having burnt their bridges with Damascus pretty thoroughly years ago.
So now the Americans will leave the problem behind them in a cloud of dust before they get saddled with thousands of prisoners they don't want.