On March 20, ISIS newspaper, al-Naba’, released an infographic summarizing the assassinations carried out by the terrorist group’s cells in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor over the last three months.
According to the al-Naba’, ISIS cells assassinated 40 people and injured 8 others in the course of 34 operations which took place between January and March.
17 of the operations were carried out with machine guns, 3 with handguns, 5 with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), 3 involved kidnappings and 5 were conducted during raids.
The victims were 18 “intelligence agents,” 14 local commanders, 10 “spies,” 3 fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and 2 local chiefs.
A quick look at the assassinations reported by ISIS’ news agency, Amaq, reveals that the vast majority of these attacks took place in the northeastern, eastern and southeastern parts of Deir Ezzor which are controlled by the SDF.
The SDF and its allies in the U.S.-led coalition intensified their operations in Deir Ezzor in order to counter ISIS influence there. However, these operations are not apparently that effective.