On Septembers 27, several IEDs, which had been planted by ISIS cells, struck two trucks carrying fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the village of al-Hawaij in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq. As a result 20 SDF fighters were killed and injured.
On the same day, ISIS cells carried out a similar attack on a truck of the SDF in the village of al-Sakura in the southern al-Raqqa countryside. 35 US-backed fighters were killed and injured, according to Amaq.
The SDF’s security forces launched several security operations against ISIS cells in the governorates of Raqqa, al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor during the last few weeks. US-backed forces even issued an order to its fighters forbidding them from wearing military uniforms in civilian areas as a protective measure, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
However, these efforts failed to neturlize ISIS cells, which are stepping up their attacks each week. Local observers believe that soon the terrorist group will begin carrying out bigger attacks and may even target US-led coalition service members.