ISIS claims responsibility for operation east of Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – On Monday, the Islamic State Organization (ISIS), through close outlets, claimed responsibility for killing a civilian under charges of cooperating with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in a town east of Deir ez-Zor, east Syria.

Members of ISIS shot dead the young man Na’oom al-Malouh over the pretext of dealing with the SDF in the town of al-Busira in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor within the framework of taking revenge over the death of two ISIS leaders, ISIS-run Amaq News Agency reported.

The ISIS new spokesman, Abu-Omar al-Muhajir, threatened, yesterday in an audio message, to launch more attacks in the region and take revenge over the death the two ISIS leaders Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi and the group’s former spokesman.

Abu-Omar al-Muhajjir, also called on supporters to resume attacks in Europe, taking advantage of the “available opportunity” of “the crusaders fighting each other” — in reference to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In the audio record, al-Muhajjir vowed revenge for killing of emirs, imams and prominent leaders of ISIS in a campaign he called “Vengeance for the Two Sheikhs”.

On February 2, US special forces carried out a widespread raid in Atmeh village in Idlib city, Syria’s northwest, killing ISIS emir Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi Al-Qurayshi.

He noted that ISIS would always work to release prisoners from Hawl Camp including women and ISIS prisoners because “it is a priority and the highest goal for the group and it needs time and patience.” 

On Wednesday, ISIS, through close outlets, claimed responsibility for killing a member of the Internal Security Forces of North and East Syria (Asayish) in Sabha village, 25 kilometer east of Deir ez-Zor.

Despite the intensive security campaigns launched by SDF and the US-led Global Coalition, the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor has been recently witnessing increasing activities by ISIS sleeper cells in the region.

On Thursday, SDF Military Council said, during a periodic meeting, ISIS was still posing a threat stressing the need to take the right measures to defeat the group and increase coordination with the US-led Global Coalition.

Reporting by Hatim Bashar and Ammar Haydar