SDF kills ISIS leader and arrests another in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – An ISIS leader was killed and another was arrested, in two separate operations in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Wednesday.

The SDF said on its Facebook that the Special Forces of SDF killed a “dangerous terrorist” called Abu Hamza Shamiya in a security operation in the village of Jazra al-Milaj, 60 km east of Deir ez-Zor, and arrested Shukri Khalil, the ammunition distributor for ISIS, in the village of Zaghir in the western countryside of Deir ez-Zor.

“Al-Shamiya had planned and carried out a terrorist attack targeting a point of the Deir ez-Zor Military Council’s forces in the village of al-Zar in eastern Deir ez-Zor on February 10, in which five SDF fighters lost their lives,” SDF said.

“Al-Shamiya was one of the most dangerous terrorists of ISIS in the Deir ez-Zor region, and was responsible for preparing terrorist plans and operations in the region, which targeted our fighters, dignitaries and tribal sheikhs in the region during the last period,” according to SDF.

According to SDF, they seized large quantities of ammunition and narcotics that Khalil had when he was arrested.

The countryside of Deir ez-Zor has been witnessing an increase in cases of killing of SDF members, the  employees of the Autonomous Administration, tribal notables and civilians, most of which have been claimed by ISIS.

Meanwhile, SDF has intensified its security operations in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor to pursue ISIS sleeper cells.

Two weeks ago, the SDF-affiliated Hajin Military Council announced the arrest of five members of ISIS sleeper cells in the town of Thiban in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor.

Reporting by Omar Alloush