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The SDF are ready for phase 2 of the “Deterrence of Terrorism” anti-ISIS operation. Kurdish forces, in cooperation with Inherent Resolve, are finalizing preparations for the maneuvers. These will press Daesh in Deir Ezzor between Busayrah and the border with Iraq
The SDF, in cooperation with Inherent Resolve, are completing preparations for the second phase of the anti-ISIS “Deterrence of Terrorism” operation in Deir Ezzor. The maneuvers in the Syrian province should in fact re-start in the next few days. The first part of the offensive against the Islamic State was concentrated mainly in the desert area east of the Khabur River, up to the border with Iraq. The new one will insist further south, with the aim of clearing the area that from Busayrah, Shahil and Dhiban reaches the border, passing through the Al-Omar fields. Here, according to local sources, various groups of Daesh militants are concentrated and there are important bases of the jihadist logistic and support networks. In parallel, the Kurdish forces will also begin to sift the west quadrant of the Khabur, looking for IS cells fleeing desert areas.
The whole mechanism was born thanks to the arrest of some commanders of the Islamic State, which occurred recently in the Syrian province and caused a domino effect
The entire “Deterrence of Terrorism” was born thanks to some targeted arrests of ISIS leaders that the SDF and the Coalition recently carried out between Hasaka and Deir Ezzor. The first captured Islamic State commanders allowed Kurdish forces to trace back to higher-level ones, which operated between the Syrian region and Iraq. These were carefully monitored by intelligence and, as soon as a window of opportunity opened, raids were organized to neutralize them. Some – such as Ahmad ‘Isa Ismail al-Zawi (aka Abu Ali al-Baghdadi), Ahmad’ Abd Muhammad Hasan al-Jughayf (aka Abu Ammar) and Mutaz al-Jabouri (Hajji Taysir) – have died. Others, such as Taha Abdul Rahim Abdullah Bakr al-Ghassani (Abdul Nassir Qardash), have been taken instead. From their interrogations, vital information emerged about the Daesh organization in the two countries and its operations, which led to the organization of the maneuvers.
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