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4 SDF fighters wounded in IED blast west of Deir Ezzor

  2021-05-31  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are seen in Deir Ezzor, AANES, Syria, May 1, 2018. Photo by Reuters
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Four Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) members were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded targeting a vehicle in al-Hussan town in western of Deir Ezzor.

The IED was planted on the right side of the main road, North Press Agency cited a source as saying, noting the wounded were taken to Raqqa Military Hospital.

No group has claimed for the bomb blast, but Islamic State (ISIS) militants are active in the area near the Syrian borders with Iraq. 

Also on Monday, special forces within the Internal Security Forces (Asayish), nabbed five ISIS militants in two separate raids with the support from the US-led Coalition.

On Sunday, unknown armed men assassinated an official at the Dar al-Ifta, which is an Islamic advisory body within the Kurdish-backed Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), in western Deir Ezzor. 

On May 24, twenty-four ISIS members were apprehended and a cache of weapons and ammunition were seized during a two-day large-scale operation targeting ISIS sleeper cells in Jazirat al-Bouhmaid and the squatter camps in its vicinity east of Deir Ezzor countryside. 

Deir Ezzor is jointly ruled by the SDF-backed Autonomous Administration of North east Syria (AANES) and the Syrian regime, But ISIS militants are active and stage attacks against the security forces and civilian s intermittently.

ISIS seized swathes of territories in Iraq and Syria in 2014. The militant group was declared defeated in Iraq in 2017 and 2019 in Syria respectively. 

The militant group still pose a threat to stability and security of the retaken areas, especially Deir Ezzor, through its sleeper cells carrying out hit-and-run attacks, kidnappings and bombings. 

The SDF and other Kurdish security forces regularly launch anti-ISIS operations in areas under its jurisdiction, more notably in Deir Ezzor borderlands. 

(Zhyan English)