The first phase of the SDF’s anti-ISIS “Deterrence of Terrorism” operation between Hasaka and Deir Ezzor has ended. Over 110 Islamic State militants captured in the maneuvers, in which Inherent Resolve and the soldiers in Iraq collaborate
The first phase of the SDF’s anti-ISIS “Deterrence of Terrorism” operation between Hasaka and Deir Ezzor has ended. Kurdish forces, in cooperation with Inherent Resolve and with soldiers in Iraq, captured over 110 Islamic State militants and raided 65 locations. The maneuvers, which began on June 4 and in which over six thousand fighters participate, covered an area of about 175 kilometers for 60 and more than 150 inhabited centers, located mainly in the quadrant of the Khabur River. During the operation, several Daesh jihadists were also killed, while there are no casualties among the local military. Furthermore, the searches after the raids ended led to the seizure of large quantities of documents, weapons and explosives. This allowed to significantly weaken the operational capacity of terrorists across the Syrian region.
Phase 2 of the operation will begin shortly. The SDF will hunt Daesh jihadists further south in the Syrian province
The second phase of the “Deterrence of Terrorism” operation will start in the next future. At the moment there is no official information, but it seems that the anti-Isis maneuvers of the SDF and Inherent Resolve will go further south to Deir Ezzor. The goal is to clear the area of the Syrian province which from Busayrah, Shahil and Dhiban reaches the border with Iraq, passing through the Al-Omar fields. Here, according to local sources, various groups of militants from the Islamic State are concentrated and there are important bases of the Daesh logistics and support network. In parallel, Kurdish forces will also begin to sift the west quadrant of the Khabur, looking for IS cells fleeing desert areas. The current one, however, is the SDF’s biggest offensive against terrorists since the fall of Baghuz and, at least for the moment, has no expiration date.