Within the framework of tracking and pursuing the cells of ISIS terrorist organization in the areas of Deir Ezzor, and upon the calls of people, dignitaries and tribal leaders in the region, and to complete the first stage of “Deterrent of Terrorism” campaign, our forces, Syrian Democratic Forces, were along with Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), Deir Ezzor Military Council forces, commandos, HAT, the Internal Security Forces (Asayish), the Self-Defense Forces, the border guards, and the military police, with ground and air support of the international coalition forces against ISIS, had been launched in July 17, the second stage of “Deterrent of Terrorism” campaign which targeted the hideouts of terrorists and all those who wanted to cause confusion and destabilize security and stability in the areas of Busyrah, Al-Shuhail, Al-Zir, Duman and Al-Huwaij in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor on the banks of the Euphrates River.
At the end of this stage, the forces participating in this campaign managed to achieve the planned goals.
The outcome of the raids and sweeping operations that targeted the hideouts of terrorism and the suspected persons within four days was as follows:
In this stage, our forces were able to arrest 31 terrorists and suspects, including a senior ISIS official.
Furthermore, they were able to confiscate and seize numbers of individual Kalashnikov and BKS weapons, RBG launchers and M 16 weapon, in addition to 20 mines, equipment, controllers, detonating phones and a number of ferries intended for smuggling operations across the river.
Our forces also found an old warehouse belongs to the terrorist organization containing more than 1,000 mortar shells.
We thank the people of the region for the assistance they provided to our forces and facilitated the optimal end of the campaign, and we at the same time pledge them to be the protective force for them in the face of terrorism and all those who ask themselves to strike at civil security and peace, and we confirm that we will continue our campaigns until eliminating the last terrorist, drying the headwaters and swamps of black terrorism that wreaked havoc in the region.
SDF Media Center
20 July, 2020