SDF offensive continues: 6 mercenaries arrested

The SDF operation against ISIS continues with the participation of Internal Security Forces, Border Guard forces, Women’s Protection Units, and the commando units, and in coordination with the international coalition forces, with ground and air support.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched on Friday the second stage of “Deterrent of Terrorism” campaign to track down and pursue the cells of ISIS terrorist organization in the areas of Deir ez-Zor. This stage targets ISIS hideouts and their cells that threaten stability and civil peace in the areas of Deir ez-Zor and came at the request of the people, chieftains, and elderlies of the tribes of the region, especially after ISIS attacks on civilians increased and posed a direct threat to their lives.

The campaign involving the Special Anti-Terrorism Units (YAT) and in coordination with the international coalition and air support forces will continue until the goal set by the General Command is achieved.

During the first day of the offensive, 24 ISIS members and suspects were captured and various ammunition seized by the SDF.

On the second day, Saturday, SDF seized a depot containing large quantity of arms and explosives in the town of Shihel to the east of Deir ez-Zor. SDF fighters have captured an ISIS member during the ongoing operation.

On the third day, six members of ISIS were arrested during the raids and sweep operations that targeted the hideouts of terrorists and suspects.

SDF fighters seized Kalashnikov weapons and a number of mines that were prepared for use in later periods, as well as five phones and a laptop computer belonging to those cells.