Maxi SDF operation against Isis at Deir Ezzor. Kurdish forces dismantle an Islamic State cell in Hawaij, capturing all members, including the leader
Maxi SDF operation against Isis at Deir Ezzor. An anti-terrorist unit of Kurdish forces, in cooperation with the International Coalition, carried out a blitz in Hawaij. In the maneuvers a cell of the Islamic State of which several militiamen were part was dismantled. Among them also the former Daesh leader in the city, Hammam al-Lafi. The whole group was captured, thanks to a surprise attack, which displaced the jihadists and did not allow them to react. The action is the response to the campaign of attacks that IS has launched in the Syrian province in recent days. This after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the subsequent appointment of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as the new caliph. Not even the area is random. It is located along the Euphrates, south of Shahil, one of the main points where fundamentalists infiltrate the region across the river.
Meanwhile, Daesh tries to extort money from the local population. These are necessary for the survival and reorganization of the group, especially after the appointment of Qurayshi
Meanwhile, Isis tries to raise his head in Deir Ezzor by extolling the population. Militiamen of the Islamic State attacked some houses in Busayrah, after the owners refused to pay them the “zakat”, the ritual offer that contributes to the sustenance of the Muslim community. This traditionally serves to finance mosques and to help the most disadvantaged groups of society. The Islamic State jihadists, however, are trying to appropriate them in more areas of the Syrian region to use the funds for their favors. It is no coincidence that similar episodes occurred in various inhabited areas. Daesh, in fact, no longer has resources and must necessarily increase them in a short time to favor its survival and reorganization after the appointment of Qurayshi. Therefore it is highly probable that soon there will be other extortion attempts throughout the East of the country.