Security forces of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), commonly known as Asayish, carried out a large-scale combing operation in the countryside of Deir Ezzor in the early hours of April 13.
“Our forces began a combing operation and a series of raids on terrorists’ hideouts … In the villages and towns of Deir Ezzor’s countryside,” an official statement by the Asayish reads.
In the course of the operation several suspects were arrested. Asayish units also seized several assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, improvised-explosive devices (IEDs) and satellite communication systems.
The SDF’s security forces said that the operation targeted terrorists responsible for attacking civilians and SDF members with IEDs and mines in an attempt to “destabilize security” in northeastern Syria.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), an airborne force of the US-led coalition supported the combing operation. The monitoring group said that during one of the raids, the force opened fire killing five suspects, three of whom were Iraqi citizens.
The combing operation in Deir Ezzor was the most recent in a series of similar operations by the SDF and its backers. The Kurdish-led group hopes that such operations could contain the remaining ISIS threat in northeastern Syria.