On July 17, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched the second stage of its large-scale operation against ISIS remnants in northeastern Syria.
According to the Kurdish-led group, the new stage will target terrorist elements in southeastern Deir Ezzor. The U.S.-led coalition will support the operation.
“This stage will target ISIS hideouts and its cells, which are threatening stability and civil peace in the areas of Deir Ezzor, it come at the request of the people, chieftains, and elderlies of the region’s tribes, especially after ISIS increased its attacks on civilians,” an official statement by the SDF reads.
Several units of the SDF, including the group’s special forces, which are known as the Anti-Terror Units, YAT, are taking part in the operation.
Thus far, SDF forces have arrested a number of ISIS terrorists. Loads of weapons and ammunition were also seized during the operation.
The first stage of the operation, called “Deterring Terrorism”, was carried out between June 4 and 10. A wide region between al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor was combed by the SDF. More than 100 ISIS terrorists and suspects were arrested.
ISIS cells sustained serious losses during the first stage of the operation. Nevertheless, the terrorist group’s threat was not fully eliminated. The second stage could help improve security in the northeast in the short term.