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SEPTEMBER 2020

Undercover ISIS Cell Apprehended By Syrian, Iranian Forces In Deir Ezzor

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Undercover ISIS Cell Apprehended By Syrian, Iranian Forces In Deir Ezzor

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On September 5, Syrian and Iranian forces apprehended and undercovered ISIS cell in Deir Ezzor’s southern countryside, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The cell’s members were wearing Iranian military uniforms and driving a vehicle with pro-Iranian slogans in the city of al-Mayadin when they were arrested by a joint force of the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate, the National Defense Forces and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The joint force arrested five members of the cell after stymieing them in al-Mayadin’s market. The terrorists didn’t show any resistance.

“There were an ISIS cell that came from al-Badiya [the Homs desert] disguised with the uniforms of the Iranian IRGC to buy food and some supplies from the market,” the SOHR’s report reads.

According to the SOHR, the same terrorists entered al-Mayadin before to buy supplies for their comrades in the Homs desert.

The Homs desert, which lays between Deir Ezzor and Homs, became a stronghold for ISIS cells in central Syria in the last few years. Hundreds of terrorists are reportedly taking shelter there.

Over the last few months, ISIS terrorists launched dozens of attacks on government forces in Homs, Deir Ezzor, Hama and Raqqa from their hideouts in the Homs desert. The Syrian Arab Army and the Russian Aerospace Forces are now taking measures to contain the group’s threat.

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