The ISIS-linked news agency, Amaq, announced on March 29 that the terrorist group’s cells had killed six fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and injured three others in two separate attacks in the Middle Euphrates River Valley.
In the first attack, the terrorist group’s operatives targeted a vehicle of the SDF near the town of Diban with a remote-controlled improvised-explosive device (IED). Later, terrorists opened fire at a second vehicle of US-backed forces while it was passing through the same area.
The SDF, which announced the total defeat of ISIS in Syria earlier this month, is still carrying out security operations against ISIS cells in its areas. The group’s security forces, commonly known as Asayish, carried out several such operations in northeastern Aleppo and Deir Ezzor on March 29.
Despite all of these measures, ISIS cells are still operating freely in the SDF-held territory in northeastern Syria. A recent report of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed that 266 SDF fighters and civilians have been killed by the terrorist group’s operatives since last August.
The security situation in northeastern Syria will not likely improve soon, as the SDF and its main backer, the US-led coalition, appeared to be not taking active steps to contain the growing ISIS threat.