On February 5, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) kicked off a large-scale operation against ISIS cells in Deir Ezzor.
In a statement, the group said the operation was launched to avenge Saada al-Hermas and Hind al-Khudair, two local officials who were assassinated in southeastern Deir Ezzor two weeks ago. ISIS said its cells had shot and killed both women.
The operation will cover the entire SDF-held part of Deir Ezzor, all the way to the governorate’s border with Iraq. The People’s Protection Units, the Women’s Protection Units and the SDF’s security forces, Asayish, are taking part in the operation.
“Dozens of terrorists were arrested … and a large amount of ammunition was seized,” the SDF’s statement reads.
The US-backed group said a summary on the results of the ongoing operation in Deir Ezzor be released to the public soon.
A recent report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human revealed that ISIS cells were behind 43 attacks in northeastern Syria between January 1 and 24. The attacks claimed the lives of 18 SDF fighters and 13 civilians. Most of the attacks took place in Deir Ezzor.
Last year, the SDF, backed by the US-led coalition, carried out a number of similar operations in Deir Ezzor. All failed to contain ISIS threat in the governorate.
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