In first counter-terrorism operation in 2022, SDF arrest ISIS leader

HASAKAH, Syria — In coordination with the U.S.-led International Coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of North and East Syria arrested a leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Markada, south of Hasakah, according to the official website and Twitter account of the SDF.

The arrested leader was active in making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and targeting military and security forces. According to the SDF, he was also planning assassinations with the help of other ISIS cells. Large quantities of  equipment, weapons, ammunition, and documents were confiscated during his arrest.

This is the first SDF operation in 2022 as part of joint operations to enhance security and stability in the region.

In other news, the International Coalition targeted locations in Dayro Zcuro (Deir ez-Zor) used to launch rockets at Coalition bases.

“In self-defense, the Coalition forces launched strikes with the aim of eliminating the threat,” the Coalition stated, indicating that the attacks pose a serious threat to civilians in Syria and may lead to heavy casualties.