On August 12, an IED, which had been planted by ISIS cells, hit a vehicle of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near a checkpoint in the area of al-Muhavazah inside the city of Raqqa, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq. The terrorist group claimed that the IED explosion destroyed the vehicle and killed two fighters of the SDF.
Furthermore, Amaq reported that ISIS cells killed two other fighters of the SDF in two separate attacks in the town of al-Mansurah in the western Raqqa countryside and near the town of al-Karamah in the eastern countryside of the governorate.
Last month, ISIS cells carried out a similar series of attacks against the Kurdish-dominated SDF in Raqqa. In response, the SDF’s security forces launched an operation in the northeastern governorate arresting dozens of suspects.
The new wave of attacks confirms that ISIS’ influence in the SDF-held areas in northeastern Syria is still strong, despite the claims of the US-led coalition and the SDF.