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Syria, arrests in Raqqa shed new light on Isis and the role of Turkey

The SDF recently arrested an ISIS cell in Raqqa. One of its members, Yassin Mohammed Abdul, told his story and revealed important information about how the Islamic State in Syria was organized

The latest arrests of Isis militants in Raqqa, carried out by the SDF, shed light on how the Islamic State was organized and confirm that jihadists in Syria received support from Turkey. As reported by the Hawar News Agency, Kurdish forces have recently captured a cell of six Daesh elements in their former capital. In the interrogations, a terrorist told his story within the group and revealed important information about how IS. His name is Yassin Mohammed Abdul, aka Abu Farouq al-Iraqi. He was born in Ramadi in Iraq in 2002 and joined the fundamentalists in 2017, influenced by jihadist propaganda and his siblings.

From the Sharia course inn Raqqa on the first assignment in the al-Kharsa battalion to Deir Ezzor, then moving to Baghuz and, once Daesh collapsed, in northern Syria

As soon as Yassin joined Isis, he was immediately sent to Raqqa to attend a course on Sharia. Once completed, he and a number of other recruits attended a Hama training camp. Completed the course, he swore allegiance to the Islamic State and became a soldier of the al-Kharsa battalion, led by Tunisian Abu Hamza al-Tunis. The Daesh militia group was first deployed in Deir Ezzor and then in the al-Sokhna desert, where it fought the Syrian army (SAA). In the battles their leader was killed and has not been replaced. Thus, the jihadists retreated from the area back to Deir Ezzor. When then IS was en route following the SDF and Inherent Resolve offensive, it was sent along with his companions to Baghuz and then to northern Syria under Turkish influence, once the group collapsed.

All logistical supplies, weapons and ammunition came from Turkey, passing through the Tal Abyad crossing, along with orders to the militia. Including that of carrying out suicide operations against US soldiers to avenge the commanders killed in the strikes

Speaking of Turkey, Yassin confirmed that all the logistic support, weapons and ammunition for Isis were passing through. This through Tal Abyad. Furthermore, he explained that the Islamic State has several training camps within the neighbouring country and that instructions to the jihadists about what to do come from there. So much so that after the collapse of Daesh, his group was sent to al-Tanf, in order to carry out suicide operations to kill American soldiers, to avenge the commanders killed by the US strikes. However, her unit never made it to the site and was sent back to Deir Ezzor. From here, as the intelligence also revealed in many occasions, the jihadists crossed the Euphrates in the Shahil area, and then moved to the East of Syria.

Yassin’s last goal, when he was captured along with his companions, was to plan attacks on SDF prisons to free prisoner jihadists and their families

The last goal of the Isis jihadists of Yassin was to carry out suicide operations in Tabqa against the US military, but their sudden withdrawal from the city derailed the plans. This forced the Islamic State group to change targets, aiming to hit the SDF in Raqqa. Here, however, security proved to be too rigid and Daesh militiamen had difficulty moving and attacking. Even during Turkey’s offensive in northeastern Syria, where terrorists were instructed to step up actions against Kurdish forces. Finally, the order to assault the prisons to liberate the IS fundamentalist and their families was originated from the neighbouring country. Yassin, in fact, was captured just as he planned attacks in this direction with his cell.

Photo Credits: Hawar News Agency

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