SDF arrests 2 ISIS leaders in Syria’s Raqqa, Qamishli

RAQQA, Syria (North Press) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Tuesday the arrest of two leaders of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the cities of Qamishli and Raqqa in north and northeast Syria.

The Military Operations Teams (MOT), a component of the SDF, said its forces conducted on May 15 an operation in the city of Qamishli in Northeast Syria, and managed to arrest Ahmad Mahmoud al-Qurashi, aka Abu Mo’az al-Kurdi, the SDF Media Center said.

Al-Kurdi was an ISIS member and participated in numerous “terrorist” attacks across Syria,” the Media Center added.  

He was in charge of “securing ISIS activities, providing intelligence, and planning terrorist attacks,” according to the SDF statement. “He infiltrated our areas where he planned the recent VBIED attack in Al-Shuhail on May 10th.”  

The MOT conducted the second operation on May 15 in the city of Raqqa, northern Syria, where it managed to arrest Ahmed Thamer al-Muhammad who was a prominent ISIS member.

He was in charge of ISIS operations in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, “reportedly receiving instructions from ISIS leaders hiding in Turkish-occupied areas.”

The Raqqa operation was supported by the U.S.-led Global Coalition, the SDF noted.

By Jwan Shekaki