BAGHUZ, Syria – Acting on reliable intelligence, the Internal Security Forces (ISF) of North and East Syria arrested a cell of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the town Baghuz in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor. The cell was made up of ten ISIS fighters and an ISIS “Emir” (prince) who was responsible for the assassinations and bombings that took place in the town of Al-Shuhayl, southeast of Deir ez-Zor.
The operation took place in the early morning hours on Tuesday. A quantity of explosives, thought to be used in the cell’s assassination campaign in the region, was confiscated. Investigations into the cell’s broader network are still underway.
The raid is the latest in an extensive campaign by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Anti-Terrorism Forces (HAT) to clear the areas around Deir ez-Zor and Hasakah of ISIS sleeper cells.
On 8 April, the “Emir” of ISIS’s Health Bureau was arrested in a joint HAT–International Coalition operation.