On February 18, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) shared the details of its large operation against ISIS cells in Deir Ezzor.
The operation was launched on February 4 to avenge Saada al-Hermas and Hind al-Khudair, two local SDF officials who were assassinated by ISIS cells in southeastern Deir Ezzor last month. The SDF ended the operation, which covered the entire SDF-held part of Deir Ezzor, on February 14.
In an official statement, the SDF reveled that 87 members of ISIS cells in Deir Ezzor were apprehended in the course of the ten-day operation.
The captives included the assailants responsible for the murder of al-Hermas and al-Khudair, as well as Ibrahim Abdul Razak, a local ISIS commander known as “Hitler.”
“During this operation, we dealt a severe blow to ISIS’s attempts to revitalize itself and intensify its activities, and the campaign achieved its goals,” the statement reads.
SDF units also uncovered a tunnel dug by the terrorist group in the town of al-Dshishah in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
In the course of the operation, the following weapons were seized by the SDF:
- 15 AK-type assault rifles;
- A Uzi submachine gun;
- Four Sniper rifles;
- Eight handguns;
- Five hunting rifles;
- Two hand grenades;
- Two landmines.
Several units from the People’s Protection Units, the Women’s Protection Units and the SDF’s security forces, Asayish, took part in the operation. The US-led coalition also provided support.
The large-scale operation may have inflicted some losses on ISIS cells in Deir Ezzor. However, it didn’t end the terrorist group’s presence in the region.
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