| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

7 Fighters from Kurdish-led Force Killed in Syria ISIS Attacks

Two attacks were conducted by ISIS group, that led to the killing of at least seven fighters from a Kurdish-led force, a war monitor said.

“Six fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed” in an ISIS attack along the road linking Deir Ezzor province with Hasakeh, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human rights.

A seventh was shot dead by ISIS-linked gunmen in the west of Deir Ezzor province, the Observatory said.

The attacks were carried out in areas under the control of the SDF, which is a key US partner in fighting ISIS and is the Syrian Kurds’ de facto army, AFP said.

ISIS seized swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, declaring a “caliphate” to administer the millions-strong population.

A long and bloody fightback by Syrian and Iraqi forces with backing from the US and other powers led to its eventual defeat in March 2019, but sleeper cells of the extremist group still carry out attacks in both countries.

On Thursday, the SDF said two of their fighters were killed and six ISIS fighters arrested following clashes in a volatile Syria camp where a security operation was underway.

Syria’s war began in 2011 and has killed nearly half a million people and forced around half of the country’s pre-war population from their homes.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat