ISIS claims responsibility for targeting SDF near Syrian-Iraqi

RAQQA, Syria (North Press) – The Islamic State organization (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack which targeted al-Sanadid faction near the Syrian-Iraqi border in Syria’s desert.

Al-Sanadid is an armed faction affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Most of its members are from the Arab Shammar tribe. The group is active in al-Ya’rubiyah (Tal Kocher) and Jaza’a areas, near the Syrian-Iraqi border.

ISIS-run Amaq News Agency published a statement said that the militants of the organization attacked, with machine guns, a military vehicle in the village of Ali Agha, which resulted in the killing of four members of al-Sanadid forces and the injury of three others, as well as, the destruction of the vehicle.   

Al-Sanadid posted on its official Facebook page that unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle targeted a vehicle driving the faction’s members at Ali Agha road, killing two and wounding others.

The operation is an indication of the return of ISIS activity in an area that does not usually witness similar actions, as the ISIS activity is based on the countryside of Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa.

On June 17, ISIS claimed responsibility for targeting four fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the town of al- Busayrah east of Deir ez-Zor, east Syria.

Recently, the countryside of Deir ez-Zor has witnessed an increase in killing cases against the SDF fighters, tribal leaders, civilians, and employees of the Autonomous Administration.

The countryside of Deir ez-Zor was an ISIS enclave which was liberated in 2019 by the SDF and the US-led Global Coalition. After that, a civil autonomous administration was formed to run the affairs of the region. This civil administration is affiliated with the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES).

The AANES was first formed in 2014 in the Kurdish-majority regions of Afrin, Kobani and Jazira in northern Syria following the withdrawal of the government forces. Later, it was expanded to Manbij, Tabqa, Raqqa, Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) defeated ISIS militarily.

Reporting by Ammar Haydar