Violent battle between the SDF and Isis in Deir Ezzor in the Hajin area. The Islamic State takes Bahra for a few hours, but then is expelled. Now it has launched hard counter-attacks against the Arab-Kurdish forces
In Deir Ezzor is ongoing a very violent battle between the SDF and Isis, especially north of Hajin. The militiamen of the Islamic State for few hours conquered the village of Bahra, but were then driven out by Syrian fighters. This happened thanks to a mass counterattack of Operation Round Up (Jazeera Storm) troops, in collaboration with the International Coalition, which provided them with close air support (CAS). The local population has also helped put the Daesh jihadists on the run. In particular the inhabitants of the areas of Abu Hamam, Kashkiyah and Gharanij, who took up arms as soon as IS occupied Barah and aimed at Gharanij. The terrorists, however, in the last hours have in turn launched a strong attack. As a result, there are hard fights in the area.
The SDF scored a huge blow against Daesh and Deir Ezzor. Captured Osama Awaid Al-Ibrahim (aka Abu Zeid), deputy of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, Minister of the Interior Isis and head of the security of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
Meanwhile, the SDF scored a very strong blow against Isis Deir Ezzor. A joint commando of Syrian fighters and elements of the special forces of Inherent Resolve captured Osama Awaid Al-Ibrahim (aka Abu Zeid), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s deputy, in the village of Al-Tayyana. The leader of the Islamic State, responsible for Internal Affairs in the province, was taken before he managed to blow himself up. He was in possession of 20 cell phones, 80 gold bars and a large sum of money. Besides him, in a different location (in Busayrah, further north), Dhef Al-Melash, Minister of Agriculture of the Islamic State, was also captured.
Who is Abu Zeid. From an officer of the Syrian army to a member of the Free Syrian Army and then of the Al-Nusra Front, to the Islamic State
The big blow for the SDF against Isis is, however, the capture of Abu Zaied. The man, thirty-five, had a bachelor in law and four brothers. Two died fighting in the ranks of the Islamic State. Another was arrested by Syrian fighters two months ago and the fourth lives in the Deir Ezzor area. The jihadist was an officer of the Syrian regime, who defected several years ago during the civil war. First he enlisted in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and then in the Al-Nusra Front, affiliated to al-Qaeda. Finally, he moved to Daesh. Within the group he held various positions. As a security officer in the area, as Minister of the Interior, until he entered the Shura (the IS board). This made him join the graces of al-Baghdadi, who appointed him responsible for security in Iraq and Syria, as well as placing him in the elite of his most trusted advisers.