Late on May 28, a senior commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), known as “Abu Hatishah,” survived an assassination attempt in southeast Deir Ezzor.
According to the Jesr Press, an improvised explosive device (IED) ripped through Abu Hatishah’s pick-up in the Muzan neighborhood in the town of al- Susah. The commander survived the attack with no injuries.
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Abu Hatishah, whose real name is Abdul Karim al-Jund al-Jadim, is a key figure of the SDF’s Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC). He leads the DMC’s Khabat al- Shaitati Regiment.
Attacks on SDF commanders in southeast Deir Ezzor are common. Last month, a prominent commander of the group’s security forces, Asayish, survived an assassination attempt. An IED struck the commander’s pick-up as it was passing in the town of Jadeed Bakkarah.
ISIS cells were likely behind these attacks. In spite of the U.S.-led coalition recent security operations in southeast Deir Ezzor, the group’s members are still highly-active in the Arab region.