SULAIMANI – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Monday (July 12) that internal security forces (Asayish) arrested an Islamic State (ISIS) leader in Deir Ezzor.
No further detail given about the identity of the ISIS detainee. The SDF, however, said “They [Asayish) arrested a leader known to plan assassinations and finance terror to the east of Deir Ezzor.”
Asayish also seized weapons and equipment, SDF wrote on twitter.
Deir Ezzor countryside has witnessed insecurity as Islamic State (ISIS) militants are active and carry out hit-and-run attacks and abductions and plant explosive devices. The Kurdish security forces carry intermittent security operation in the area to hunt down ISIS sleeper cells.
ISIS seized swathes of territories in Iraq and Syria in 2014. The militant group was declared defeated by the SDF in Syria in 2019.
The militant group still poses a threat to stability and security of the retaken areas, especially in Deir Ezzor, through its sleeper cells that carry out hit-and-run attacks, kidnappings and bombings.
On June 26, four members of the SDF lost their lives and six others were wounded when an IED exploded in their vehicle in the town of Jazrat al-Milaj, west of Deir ez-Zor.
Deir Ezzor is partly run by the Syrian regime.