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SDF hunt down ISIS remnants in Deir Ezzor

By Waleed Abu al-Khair in Cairo

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The Syrian Democratic Forces arrested a number of ISIS elements in eastern rural Deir Ezzor and seized weapons found in their possession. [Photo courtesy of Ronahi TV]

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by international coalition forces, are carrying out a large-scale security operation in eastern rural Deir Ezzor to hunt down "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) remnants, an SDF officer said.

Hundreds of SDF fighters have been tracking down ISIS remnants hiding out in the area in co-ordination with, and with the support of, the international coalition, SDF officer Farhad Khoja told Diyaruna.

So far, he said, the operation has netted more than 20 ISIS elements, including commanders and collaborators, with the heaviest SDF raids centred on al-Latwa area in the town of Thibyan.

The operation was preceded by meticulous intelligence work to confirm the presence of the ISIS elements, which involved cross-checking intelligence gained via traditional means with that gained via technological means, he said.

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The Manbij Military Council arrested  members of a cell that reportedly had been tasked with smuggling ISIS elements in Syria. [Photo courtesy of Ronahi TV]

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Civilians inspect a house that ISIS elements had been using as a hideout in eastern rural Deir Ezzor. [Photo courtesy of DeirEzzor24]

The ongoing operation aims to eliminate the threat posed by these ISIS remnants, who have moved from one area to another out of sight of the SDF by traveling or hiding among civilians, Khoja said.

The largest ISIS hideout discovered during the raid was the house of a civilian who had left his residence a while back and never returned, he added.

Khoja said the local civilian population rejects the ISIS presence and has been playing a key role in this operation, providing information on everything from the movement of ISIS elements to the identities of collaborators.

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