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Report: SDF-Coalition Raids Lead To Decrease In ISIS Attacks In Northeast Syria
SDF-Coalition Raids Lead To Decrease In ISIS Attacks In Northeast Syria: Report
by Wladimir van Wilgenburg
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The number of attacks claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Syria hit a record low in recent weeks, new data from the Syria-based Rojava Information Center (RIC) shows.
A total of 12 sleeper attacks were carried out in that region recently, approximately the same number carried out in July. However, only two of these latest attacks were claimed by ISIS, which is a record low, the RIC report said.
"The attacks resulted in 12 deaths, including a child in Al-Ahmar in Deir ez-Zor who was shot by a gunman," the RIC said.
Six of the attacks were carried out in the notorious al-Hol camp, killing eight people. Al-Hol also saw four raids that resulted in eight arrests.
"Across Northeast Syria, the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) Asayish conducted 17 raids (including in al-Hol) resulting in 89 arrests," the report added.
Clara Moore, a Syria-based researcher at the Rojava Information Center (RIC), told Kurdistan 24 that a "substantial increase in SDF and Coalition raids likely contributed to the decrease in ISIS-claimed attacks this month."
"It's important to keep the decrease in context though; it's part of a larger security trend in the region," she said. "Attacks from ISIS and other groups halved every month from May to July."
However, although this seems encouraging on the surface, she added, "it remains to be seen whether the trend will continue into the fall. The security situation in the region is precarious."