A large-scale operation the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS cells in Deir Ezzor has entered its second day.
On February 6, the US-backed group uncovered a tunnel that was dug by the terrorist group in the town of al-Dshishah in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. The group’s cells were reportedly using the tunnel.
The operation was launched to avenge Saada al-Hermas and Hind al-Khudair, two SDF officials who were assassinated by ISIS cells in Deir Ezzor two weeks ago. Troops from the People’s Protection Units, the Women’s Protection Units and the SDF’s security forces, Asayish, are leading the operation.
According to the SDF, dozens of suspects have been arrested, so far. Loads of ammunition were also captured. Details are set to be released soon.
ISIS cells stepped up their attacks in the SDF-held part of Deir Ezzor over the last year. A number of operations by the SDF and the US-led coalition have failed to contain the terrorist group’s threat. The new operation will not likely be any different.
The SDF poor treatment of Deir Ezzor’s Arab population and the utter failure of the Kurdish-led group’s justice system, which regularly releases terrorism suspects, are hindering anti-ISIS efforts.
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