The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched on June 4 a large-scale security operation against the remaining ISIS cells in al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor.
The operation, which is being carried out in cooperation with the U.S.-led coalition, will cover a vast area lying between the town of al-Shaddadi in the southern countryside of al-Hasakah and the government-held town of al-Bukamal in the southern Deir Ezzor countryside.
According to the Hawar News Agency (ANAH), 6,000 personnel of the SDF and its security forces are taking part in the operation. Warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition are providing air support.
So far, 17 ISIS members have been apprehended by the SDF. No major stand-offs or clashes were reported by SDF sources.
In the last few months, the U.S.-led coalition and the SDF neutralized several senior commanders of ISIS in a series of operations in southeast Deir Ezzor.
The SDF’s large operation in al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor will likely improve security in northeast Syria. Nevertheless, the ISIS threat will remain strong. Many of the terrorist group’s cells will lay down until the operation is over.