The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) security agency, Asayish, has uncovered a cell working for the Iranian intelligence in Raqqa, Bas News reported on August 15.
Citing a source in Asayish, the news outlet reported that the cell was based in the city of Tabqah, in the southern Raqqa countryside. The cell’s members, numbered 18, were all apprehended by Asayish. One of the members is reportedly an officer of the SDF.
“The Syrian regime’s security forces and Iranian militias intensified their security activities in the areas held by the Self-Administration recently,” the source said, adding “the SDF apprehended a number of these cells’ members in Deir Ezzor and Raqqa.”
In the last few weeks, Kurdish sources reported the arrest of many Syrian intelligence operatives in northeast Syria by the SDF.
These reports came amid a crisis between the SDF and Arab tribes in northeast. The Kurdish-led group was accused of assassinating Arab tribal leaders. These accusations were slammed by the group, that has been blaming everything on the Syrian intelligence.
The reports of Tabqah cell may be a part of the SDF’s propaganda campaign against the Syrian intelligence. The group wants to hold the Damascus government responsible for lawlessness in its areas in the northeast.