Our SDF Supported by the Coalition Successfully Eliminated an ISIS Terrorist Cell in Deir Ezzor

On June 3rd, the SDF’s counter-terrorism units (YAT), in a joint operation with the international coalition, successfully dismantled a dangerous ISIS terrorist cell in the village of Al-Dahleh, Deir Ezzor countryside.

Following extensive intelligence gathering, our forces surrounded the cell’s location with aerial support and surveillance by the international coalition forces. The terrorists refused calls to surrender and initiated a firefight. YAT responded decisively, resulting in the elimination of all five cell members. Four were killed in the initial engagement, while the fifth attempted a suicide attack using an explosive belt that he was wearing but was successfully eliminated before causing harm to our personnel.

The eliminated cell included two high-ranking ISIS terrorists, Abu Khattab, and Abu Hawija, along with three operatives. Notably, the operation prioritized civilian safety. Our YAT forces exercised exceptional caution due to the cell’s location within a civilian village, ensuring no civilian casualties or property damage.

This eliminated terrorist cell was responsible for numerous atrocities, including the May 10th suicide VBIED attack on our post in al-Shahil and yesterday’s suicide VBIED attack in al-Ozbeh town. They also have links to ISIS leadership in Turkish-occupied territories, particularly Sere Kaniye/Ras al-Ain and Geri Spi/Tal Abyad.

Our SDF remains resolute in its commitment to eradicating ISIS and maintaining regional security. Operations against the terrorist organization will continue throughout northern and eastern Syria.

Our forces confiscated the following:

-Smartphones /5/

-Cell phones /2/

-Personal documentation

-Ak-47 /2/

-Ak-47 magazines /8/

-Hand grenade /2/

-Explosive belts /1/

-IEDs /1/

-Wi-fi router /1/


SDF Media Center

June 4, 2024



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