On April 29, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by helicopters of the U.S.-led coalition, carried out a security operation in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside.
According to the Deir Ezzor Media Center, four ISIS terrorists were captured during the operation, which took place in the town of Jadeed Ekedat. Assault rifles as well as explosive materials were found with the terrorists.
The SDF also carried out a search operation in the town of al-Sha’Fah in southeast Deir Ezzor. The Euphrates Post said a unit of the Kurdish-led group dug under a house in the town, looking for “secret hideouts” of ISIS. It remains unclear if anything was found.
ISIS cells in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside increased their activities recently, carrying out attacks against the SDF and its affiliates on a regular basis. In one of their recent attacks, the group’s terrorists assassinated the SDF’s fuel official in the governorate.
The SDF’s counter-terrorism operations in Deir Ezzor are short from what is needed to counter the growing influence of the group in the region.