SDF completes the second stage of operation against ISIS

SDF announced the end of the second stage of offensive against ISIS.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) held a press conference in al-Omar oil field announcing the end of the second stage of the offensive against ISIS which was launched on July 17 and lasted 4 days.

Deir ez-Zor Military Council Spokesperson Lilwa Abdullah read the press statement on the outcomes of the offensive.

The SDF statement includes the following:

“Answering the call of the families, notables and chieftains in the region, we launched the second stage of the “Counter-Terrorism” offensive on July 17 with the participation of SDF, YPJ, Deir ez-Zor Military Council, Commando Units, YAT, Internal Security Forces, Self-Defense Forces, Border Guards and Military Police and the International Coalition forces that provided ground and air support. The operation against the bases of mercenaries as well as personalities and groups seeking to create a conflict in the region, has been carried out in the areas of Basira, Al-Shuhail, Al-Zir, Al-Zubian and Al-Hawij in the northern countryside of Deir ez-Zor on the banks of the Euphrates.

At the end of this stage, the mentioned forces have managed to achieve the planned goals.

The outcome of the raids and search operations that targeted the dens of terrorism and the suspected persons within four days is as follows:

Our forces were able to arrest 31 terrorists and suspects, including a senior ISIS official.

They were also able to confiscate numbers of individual Kalashnikov and BKS weapons, RBG launchers and M 16 weapon, in addition to 20 mines, explosive devices, military equipment and cell phones.  

Our forces also seized a warehouse containing more than 1,000 mortar shells.

We thank the people of the region for the assistance they provided to our forces and facilitated the optimal end of the campaign. We pledge them to be the protective force for them in the face of terrorism and all those who seek to strike at civil security and peace. At the same time, we confirm that we will continue our campaigns until the elimination of the last terrorist, and drying up the sources and swamps of terrorism, which wreaked havoc and corruption in the region."