The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the U.S.-led coalition have arrested dozens of ISIS terrorists in three separate security operations in northeastern Syria.
In the first two operations, which took place on October 13, special forces of the SDF and the U.S.-led coalition arrested 22 terrorists in the town of Zeiban in eastern Deir Ezzor and the town of Aldashisha in southern al-Hasakah. Light arms were seized.
In the third operation, which took place on October 15, three terrorists were apprehended in the town of al-Howl in eastern al-Hasakah. Weapons and equipment were found with the terrorists, who attempted to smuggle ISIS relatives from the infamous al-Howl Camp.
The SDF and the U.S.-led coalition stepped up their joint security operations in the northeastern region in the last few months. Nevertheless, the region is still infested with ISIS cells.
ISIS influence in the northeastern region will likely continue to grow due to the fact that the SDF is compromising its own counter-terrorism policy.
While the SDF is conducting successful security operations against ISIS cells, it judiciary system is failing. On October 15 only, more than 630 men convicted with terrorism were released by the Kurdish-led group.
Local terrorism convicts are usually released by SDF within a few years, if not months in order to appease local public figures and tribal leaders in the northeastern region.
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