ISIS cells in Syria’s northeastern region killed or wounded 18 fighters of the United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the first two weeks of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan that began on March 23, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a report released on April 6.
According to the London-based monitoring group, the terrorists carried out 12 operations against the Kurdish-led group in Deir Ezzor and al-Hasakah during the said period.
“12 operations by the group claimed the lives of seven fighters of the SDF and left 11 others seriously wounded,” the group’s report reads.
ISIS claimed responsibility for some of the attacks via its official news agency, Amaq. The terrorist group’s responsibility for the remaining attacks is yet to be confirmed.
Thee surge in ISIS attacks in northeastern Syria came amid an uptake in counter-terrorism operations by the U.S.-led coalition and the SDF.
In a review released on April 4, the U.S. Central Command said that nine joint operations were carried out in the region during the month of March. As a result of the operations, two terrorists of ISIS were killed and 11 others were detained. The command also said that the U.S.-led coalition forces carried out 28 operations in neighboring Iraq in coordination with government forces, killing seven terrorists and detaining seven others.
Washington keeps some 900 troops in Syria and more than 2,500 others in Iraq under the pretext of combating ISIS. However, the terrorist group remains fairly active in both countries.