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U.S.-led Coalition, SDF Capture ISIS-Affiliated Smuggler In Deir Ezzor (Photos)

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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on December 4 that its security forces and the U.S.-led coalition had arrested a prominent smuggler working for ISIS in northeast Syria.

In an official statement, the Kurdish-led group identified the smuggler as Shawaysh Sattam Saud al-Airash, revealing that he was apprehended in the town of Dashisha in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside.

“He [the smuggler] is known to be part of a larger smuggler network and have links with ISIS members. This network smuggles fighters from al-Hawl Camp to Iraq,” the statement reads.

The SDF released photos showing a scene from the operation that led to the arrest of al-Airash and communication devices seized from the smuggler’s hideout.

U.S.-led Coalition, SDF Capture ISIS-Affiliated Smuggler In Deir Ezzor (Photos)

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U.S.-led Coalition, SDF Capture ISIS-Affiliated Smuggler In Deir Ezzor (Photos)

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Tens of thousands of ISIS fighters’ relatives and affiliates, mainly foreigners, are being held in the al-Hawl camp, which is located in the eastern countryside of al-Hasakah. The SDF’s security forces are running the camp with support from the U.S.-led coalition.

Despite these measures, many suspects managed to escape from al-Hawl with the help of smugglers like al-Airash. In most cases, the final destination of these suspects is Turkish-occupied areas in northern Aleppo or Iraq.

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Vitex

They’re just getting rid of people who don’t follow team orders

FlorianGeyer

I thought that the entry team clowns who were standing by a house window were really cute :) They were not even looking.

Was this just another fake US bust , or is the US house clearing training truly awful.

Vitex

A bunch of gear queers standing outside a adobe house somewhere in the world.

Karen Bartlett

It’s good that SDF captured a smuggler, but why in heaven’s name, SDF, don’t you help Syria instead of the occupying US forces?

Pave Way IV

Isn’t it CENTCOM’s job to smuggle ISIS from al Hawl to Iraq? No wonder they were pissed.

Icarus Tanović

Yes ig is exactly. From Jordan and Iraq to Syria. But much less from Iraq, lately.

Icarus Tanović

What a joke, a you Americans think that all people are so stupid and naive to believe you.
Why SAA, or Russians never capture one of the main players?
The question is who they are working for those Isis punks.

Pave Way IV

And check out that terrorist booty: a few cell phones (‘communication devices’), chargers, a few sim cards, camo binocs, car keys, package of Captagon and some ID cards. What normal Deir EzZor citizens would have that kind of dangerous ISIS terrorist gear in their house? Prominent smuggler my ass! This was clearly al Baghdadi’s second world HQ. Good job, f’king heros! How about leveling ISIS-town in the al Hawl camp or grabbing the guys running in and out relatively unimpeded? Why are you saving them? “Fight for the US and Israel against Assad and we’ll pay you, but sneaking off to Iraq with your breeder wives and evil spawn will not be tolerated.”

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