Early on March 29, the U.S.-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carried out an air landing operation in the southern al-Hasakah countryside.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the operation targeted ISIS cells in the town of al-Twaymin near al-Shaddadi. The entire town was reportedly combed by coalition and SDF troops.
“The landing operation coincided with sorties of coalition helicopters, flares were also dropped in the sky to comb the area where ISIS cells are highly active,” the SOHR said in a report.
The monitoring group said the operation was carried out in response to a recent attack that targeted SDF fighters in al-Twaymin.
The attack took place on March 25. ISIS cells captured two Kurdish fighters in the town. The fighters were immediately decapitated. The terrorist group’s news agency, Amaq, released photos of the horrific crime on March 29.
Earlier this week, spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Mariya Zakharova, warned that ISIS is still active in the U.S.-occupied part of northeast Syria, questioning the effectiveness of coalition forces.
Al-Twaymin attack is an example of how ISIS cells in northeast Syria are becoming bolder by the day. The coalition and the SDF are yet to take serious action to neutralize these cells.